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Old 07-20-2004, 06:41 AM
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Rebuilt vs New - What's Best?

I have come across this question many times,
but being a novice I just dont know the answer.

When looking at Alternator, Water Pumps, Starters, etc.
I am curious how to determine best value for money.

For example, if I was to replace water pump, there
are aftermarket new and rebuilt. Which is least likely to
cause trouble down the road?

I have always bought rebuilt stuff in the past, but that
was becasue I didnt have money for new. But what if initial
cost is not the issue, but long term reliability is?

Thanks.....

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Old 07-20-2004, 02:51 PM
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a 'new' part can be bad out of the box as easy as a 'rebuilt' part.
but if your getting it at one of the new parts stores, with the 'lifetime' warranty, then either way, all your out is your time and labor. when i can, i'll go ahead and get the new part, unless it more than a twenty or thirty dollar difference.....
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Old 07-23-2004, 06:35 PM
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I always go new.
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Old 07-23-2004, 07:06 PM
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[color=gold]A real Hotrodder would go to a salvage/wrecking yard and get one.




but how used a part do you wanna put on your rod?[/color]
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New is always better, but there are qualifiers. I replaced the WP on my wifes Tahoe with a new one, trying to avoid the rebuilt junk. It was a NAPA pump and when I finished the job and was cleaning up I noticed on the bottom of the box "assembled in USA of components made in Poland, Mexico, and Chili...go figure.

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Old 07-23-2004, 09:54 PM
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no, a poor hotrodder goes to a wrecking yard.

One who has enough sence and money buys the best part for his cash, because he knows that a substandard part will cost him more money in gaskets, sealer, paripheral damage in the long run...

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