The remanufactured advantage: Why pay more?

Ivor Searle encourages workshops to consider the financial advantage of remanufactured parts.

Costing up to 40% less than OE, Ivor Searle’s remanufactured engines, cylinder heads, gearboxes and turbochargers enable independent garages to profitably compete in an increasingly price-sensitive market without compromising on quality, warranty protection or customer service.

However, while it may be more economical to source a remanufactured product, it is also important to remember that quality and adherence to industry standards, as well as warranty protection and customer service, are key considerations when choosing a supplier.

Remanufacturing an engine or component back to OEM standard is a complex process that requires significant investment in skills and capital equipment, let alone technical expertise and rigorous inspection procedures.

As a result, all Ivor Searle remanufactured engines are built to exceed the BS AU257:2002 Code of Practice.

This crucial standard sets out the difference between a high quality remanufactured engine to an inferior reconditioned unit.

A remanufactured engine is exactly that – an engine which has been returned to the manufacturer’s specification to provide levels of performance and reliability equivalent to the original engine.

The standard fully details how petrol and diesel engines and components should be inspected and checked against OEM tolerances.

BS AU257:2002 also dictates that key components, including piston assemblies, big and small end bearings, as well as bushes, gaskets, seals, timing chains and drive belts are completely renewed.

Important additional operations, such as crack testing and machining components, are undertaken to ensure original performance is achieved with reliability.

In addition to having all key clearances and tolerances inspected during assembly.

Ivor Searle also fully tests and inspects all engines as the final stage of the remanufacturing process.

Thanks to this rigorous approach, workshops purchasing a remanufactured engine can be confident that they are buying a unit that is built to a specific standard.

In contrast, a reconditioned engine is a unit that has been stripped or disassembled and cleaned – and may have had some damaged components replaced.

Put simply, reconditioning is an entirely subjective process that offers little or no reassurance to the customer in terms of longevity, warranty protection or performance to OEM standards.

Compare this to the remanufacturing process which aims to return a product to at least its original specification and performance with a warranty that is equivalent or better than that of its brand-new equivalent.

In terms of other products, Ivor Searle also applies the same quality-focused ethos from engine remanufacturing when it comes to cylinder heads, gearboxes and turbochargers, all of which are remanufactured under a quality management system certified to ISO 9001:2015.

Again, this approach enables us to ensure customers are provided with quality products remanufactured to a consistent standard at an attractive price.

Ivor Searle offers an all makes programme of remanufactured products for petrol and diesel cars and light commercial vehicles, with new applications being added all the time.

For peace of mind, all Ivor Searle engines, cylinder heads, gearboxes and professionally-cleaned DPF’s are covered by a 12-month unlimited mileage parts and labour warranty, while a two-year warranty covers all turbochargers.

Comprehensive stocks across all products are held to ensure first class customer service and minimum vehicle downtime. Free next day UK mainland delivery is also provided for stock items ordered before 3.30pm.

The full Ivor Searle product line of remanufactured engines, gearboxes and turbos, as well as the company’s fast-turnaround professional DPF cleaning service, is available from all Parts Alliance members, so no matter where you are, you’re never far away from a quality Ivor Searle product.

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  1. I like how you stated that workshops are confident about marketing reconditioned engines. My brother is planning to get his engine fix on his classic impala that our father bought years ago for him. If ever, he can use help on a workshop specializing in remanufactured diesel engines.


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