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Looking to buy a used Bakkie engine in Gauteng? Here are 6 tips when buying a used engine. 

If you are in the market in Gauteng to buy a refurbished or used-engine for your Bakkie, you know you are in the right place. With over 40 used parts shops in and around Gauteng, this should be a walk in the park. Follow these 5 tips on How To Successfully Buy a used Bakkie Engine In Gauteng to ensure an easy purchase. 

Know who you are buying from. 

Most people in South Africa probably know someone or have falling victim themselves to some of the scams on free classified sites. This is why we suggest you rather turn to an established business when searching for an engine. This way you know who to contact if things don’t quite go as planned rather than meeting some stranger working out of their garage. 

Test the Bakkie engine before you buy

Even though you are buying from a reputable business, there is no harm in covering all your wickets by testing the engine at the auto spares shop. It’s also a good idea to take a mechanic with you or even a technician if you are a mechanic yourself. As they say, two sets of eyes to inspect the engine is better than one. 

Buy from a scrapyard, rebuild or to be stripped for spares Bakkie

Consider looking around for vehicles that are sold as rebuilds or to be stripped for spares. This way you can see the damage that has been caused to the car and in doing so get a full picture. Don’t assume that because a vehicle has been written off by an insurer that this is due to engine damage. As mentioned by Arrive Alive, insurers will sometimes write a car off simply because the storage, along with repair and hire charges are too high. 

Know what you are looking for in a used engine. 

It might seem obvious, but it’s important that you research exactly what you are looking for. If you are repairing a damaged car make sure what is the current engine specs are so that you know what you are looking for. If you find yourself lured to the idea of buying a more powerful engine make sure that it can fit in the current vehicle and have the available mounting kits for upgrade kit for the upgrade. 

Make sure all the parts are accounted for. 

Make sure that all the parts for the engine like the bolts, alternator, AC compressor and started are all accounted for with the used engine. As a precautionary measure replace rubber pats if the engine has any. If all the parts of engine are not there its time to look somewhere else instead.

Check the oil

Lastly, any mechanic knows that metal in the oil means trouble with the internal parts of the engine so make sure to check the oil quality. This will give you an indication of the quality of the engine along with how well the previous owner serviced their vehicle. Keep in mind that old oil loses viscosity which can lead to premature bearing wear. 

If you are looking to buy a used Bakkie engine in Gauteng or Pretoria consider checking out our online shop or come and visit us at Bakkie Spares in Pretoria. We have used Bakkie engines available for Ford, Nissan, Volkswagen, Toyota and plenty more. Good luck with your rebuild and keep these tips in mind of ‘How To Successfully Buy a used Bakkie Engine In Gauteng’.