When buying a used engine, or other parts associated with engines, buyers can save themselves a lot of time, trouble, and potentially money, by finding out what the engine code of their car is. The engine code of the car is usually stamped on the engine block, and each model of car tends to have the engine code located in the same place. The owners manual gives the location of the engine code.
Find a Part would like you to get the best deal for your used engine, and to do this, you need to be able to give the right information. With this in mind, we have created an engine code finder service on our website. Basically, we've been through our old requests, and where an engine code exists in a request, we've added it into a new database, linking it to the make, model, and year of car. This then enables us to list the engine codes for popular makes and models of car, as you can see for yourself by clicking the link above, then choosing a make. So far we've cobbled together information from all makes we have dealt with over 2009, and we'll keep updating information as the year goes on.
Often, a 3 or 4 letter / number prefix is used by traders to describe the engine code that they are looking for, and it is this prefix that our members can use to isolate the engine, or similar engines that are used in similar cars to yours. Vauxhall engines seem to be an exception to this, with a 6 digit prefix used. One of the things that comes to notice from these listings is that multiple car manufacturers appear to use the same engine codes, which makes it likely that they are the same engines. This can be seen on the VW Sharan engines page, for example. This seems reasonable as it is probably cheaper to license and engine from another supplier than re-invent the wheel when there is a perfectly good engine already available from another manufacturer.
As always, when buying parts, please make sure that you get a Land line phone number and company name of the company you are purchasing from, and where possible buy with a credit card, for maximum protection when purchasing expensive items at distance.