The first thing you want to make sure of... is that the vehicle you are considering putting a rebuilt engine into is in good enough shape that it makes good financial sense. I have had various customers come to my shop wanting us to put a rebuilt engine in and when it gets towed in and we look it over, we advise them to send it to the junk yard and invest all that money into a solid vehicle.
That being said, if your vehicle is worth putting a rebuilt engine into, you need to find a shop that is experienced with putting a rebuilt engine into a Pontiac Grand Am GT! A really good Volkswagen technician is not necessarily a good Pontiac technician.
You need to understand what kind of rebuilt engine they are putting into your car. One that came from a junk yard that they are swapping over, or a re-built engine that comes with a warranty from the company that rebuilt the engine.
I recommend the latter.
How to find a good shop?
Best way is to ask around for friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. You want a shop that keeps getting rave reviews.
Usually a great shop will employee ASE Master Technicians, be AAA approved, be recommended by the BBB and have a neat, clean repair facility.
If you purchase a totally rebuilt engine, that and the labor to put it in will be the main costs. There will be extra parts to connect everything...gaskets, ect.
〉 Answered on Sep 27th, 2008 by Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd
It would be less expensive to purchase a re-manufactured engine than to pay someone to rebuild yours,plus the warranty on workmanship.Call Jasper Engine, the warranty is for 3 yrs and I believe 50,000 miles,or your GM has re-manufactured too.
〉 Answered on Sep 27th, 2008 by Donna Burmeister, Service Manager at Classic Nissan