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I Want To Sell My Car With A Blown Engine. What’s Next?


Fill Out The Form

Step one: fill out our easy form with information about your vehicle. The more details you include, the more accurate our offer will be. Include photos and VIN for the most accurate offer possible.


Check Out Your Offer

After submitting the form, check out the quote we give you! If it works for you, just tell your associate buyer you’re ready to sell. Our team will help you schedule your FREE pickup and payment.


Collect Your Check!

The last step is to wait for the tow truck driver to arrive! Make sure you have the car title and car keys ready — when the driver arrives, hand them over and then accept your on-the-spot payment. You’re done!

What Should I Do With My Blown Engine Car?

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There is no good time to deal with a blown engine issue that suddenly lands on your lap. Unless you are a car mechanic the situation you just found yourself in is painful and confusing.

CarBrain brings transparency, ease and peace of mind for all vehicle owners that struggle with sudden mechanical damage. We provide a great option for clients who seek a convenient and easy way to permanently resolve their vehicle issues.

We welcome you to read through this resource page and if you have a specific question please feel free to call us at 877.877.7911 and talk to us. We will be happy to give you our fair-market evaluation of your damaged car.

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Receiving your fair market appraisal necessitates nothing more than listing basic details about the condition of your car. It takes just a couple of seconds! We will come to you to take your car for FREE wherever you are, across the nation.

What Is A Blown Engine? How To Identify Engine Problems

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A blown engine is an engine that has suffered catastrophic internal mechanical damage. Blown motor damage takes the form of a valve breaking and punching through the top of a piston, making a hole.

Engine problems in your car don’t automatically mean you have a blown engine, but the problems can get worse if you don’t address them right away. If you neglect to address signs of engine problems in your vehicle, it could eventually lead to a blown engine.

You can get a blown engine by driving your car without oil, pushing the engine excessively and even design failures. For instance, some cars may have poorly-designed engines that gradually leak oil, requiring replacements more often than a car typically would. Drivers that fail to replace the oil often enough could end up with an unexpected blown engine.

The most common cause of a blown engine is a loss of fluids, whether by a sudden loss or a gradual leak. However, anything that causes overheating in the engine could cause it to blow. Signs of a blown engine include:

  • White smoke coming from the engine

  • Water or antifreeze in the oil chamber

  • Grinding or metallic noises when the engine turns

  • The engine refuses to turn

  • Extremely low compression in the cylinders

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How Much Does It Cost To Fix A Blown Engine?

Engine repair costs can add up, especially when you’re dealing with a blown engine. An experienced mechanic would need to order many small replacement parts and spend a lot of time disassembling and repairing the engine. The parts and labor required can make this a very long and expensive process.

In most cases, the engine cannot be safely repaired, or it doesn’t make financial sense to try to repair it. Instead, you will have to replace the engine completely. However, engine replacements don’t come cheap either.

The cost of a new engine can be anything from $4,000 for a V4 engine to $7,000 or more for a V8 engine. Luxury vehicles, sports cars and other expensive vehicles’ engines may be even more costly to replace. You might be able to save some money by replacing your engine with a used engine, but that comes with risks of its own.

Can I Trade In My Car With A Broken Engine To A Dealer?

Maybe. Some dealerships will accept a vehicle with a blown engine as a trade-in towards the purchase of a newer vehicle.

The major drawback of selling your damaged car to a local dealership is that most dealerships just don’t know the true value of your vehicle. They are in the business of selling drivable cars, so expect low ball offers. They may believe that offering any trade-in value for your vehicle is simply doing you a favor, so negotiating a fair market price for the car can be impossible.

Additionally, not all dealerships will accept non-running vehicles. Some will only accept vehicles that they can easily fix up and put back on the lot to sell to new customers. If you want to get the best price for your car with a blown engine, trading it in may not be the right choice for you.

Can I Sell My Damaged Car Without Any Repairs?

Yes. At CarBrain, we take the difficulty out of selling a damaged vehicle. Unlike many other junk car buyers, there’s no bait and switch when we make offers. After we determine the value of your car with a blown motor, we’ll make a guaranteed offer that won’t change when we come to pick up the vehicle.

We offer fast service and free pickups with no fees. Many junk car buyers can spend days or even weeks negotiating, sending pictures back and forth and trying to determine what price they will pay for your car.

If your vehicle is a thorn in your side, you want to sell it quickly and for a fair price. After all, the faster you can sell your car with a bad engine, the faster you can start searching for a replacement vehicle without the engine problems.

There are lots of ways you can sell a damaged car, but there can be drawbacks to selling your car in different places. Call us biased, but we think CarBrain is the best way to get a fair market offer for your car and fast payment!

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Timeline To Sell My Car As-Is With CarBrain

When you choose CarBrain, you can sell your car with a blown engine in a matter of days. It takes just 90 seconds to get an offer for your car. If you like the price, our team of associate buyers can help you schedule your free pickup at a time that works for you.

CarBrain promises that we can pick up your vehicle in 24 to 48 business hours. When the tow truck driver arrives to pick up your car, you get paid on the spot. It’s that simple, and it’s that fast.

The CarBrain Advantage

CarBrain has been in the damaged car industry for over a decade. We have an experienced and knowledgeable team of car evaluators that can determine the value of your car with a bad engine quickly. Our sophisticated system will always figure out a fair market price for your vehicle, no matter what condition it’s in.

We believe that selling your damaged car should be easy. That’s why we’ve simplified the process as much as possible. Simply fill out our form with information about your car to get started.

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If you ever need any help, you can contact your associate buyer. We assign a buyer to every individual car we generate a quote for. The buyers can walk you through the steps of getting a duplicate title, signing the title, describing your car’s history, comparing your options and more.

All CarBrain offers are guaranteed for seven days. We never rush you to complete a sale, and we never bait and switch you with last-minute negotiations. All payments are made by check delivered on the spot by the tow truck driver, which guarantees you always receive the full amount.

CarBrain believes in bringing transparency, honesty and reliability to the damaged car industry. When you want a reliable company, we can help you. No hidden fees, no haggle, no hassle and no fuss.

Cars We Buy

CarBrain specializes in buying cars with problems, including cars with blown engines. We can make an offer on any of the following cars:

  • Non-running cars

  • Old vehicles

  • Vehicles with body damage

  • Cars with blown engines

  • Cars with mechanical damage

  • Vehicles with salvage or rebuilt titles

  • Junk and scrap cars

  • Cars for parts

  • Wrecked or totaled cars

At CarBrain, we know how to help sellers like you get a top dollar offer for a damaged car in any condition. Click “Get an Offer” anywhere on our website and fill out our easy form to find out what you can get for your vehicle today.

How To Sell A Car With A Blown Engine To CarBrain

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To sell a car with engine damage to CarBrain, all you need to do is fill out our easy form. Tell us about your car — start with the year, make and model, and then provide the details like the mileage, its current condition, whether it runs and what kind of title it has.

For the most accurate offer possible, make sure to include current photos of your vehicle and the Vehicle Identification Number. This helps us pull up the car’s current mileage, accident history and more.

We value providing an excellent experience. The more information and photos you share, the more likely it is that the transaction will go smoothly — without any bumps on the road!

After you submit the form, you’ll get an instant offer for most vehicles. In some cases, we may need up to an hour to generate a custom offer for your car. Our associate buyers will call you with the offer when it’s ready, and email it to you as well.

Once you have the offer, you get to decide whether you like our price or not. Our offers are guaranteed for seven days, so you have some time to think it over. Once you’re ready to sell, just reach out to your assigned associate buyer and schedule your free pickup!

The tow truck driver will arrive at the scheduled time with a check in hand. After handing over the car keys and the vehicle title, you’ll get paid on the spot for your vehicle. The car will be towed away, and the sale is complete!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Paperwork Do I Need To Sell My Car To CarBrain?

In order to sell your car with CarBrain, we need the car title. If you lost the title or don’t have it and need a duplicate, our associate buyers can walk you through the process of obtaining a new title in your state

My Car Is Accruing Fees At the Mechanic Shop, What Should I Do?

Get an offer from CarBrain today and tell your associate buyer your problem. While we can’t promise same-day pickup, we always strive to help our clients whenever possible. If your car is accruing fees or you need it picked up as soon as possible, we will try to accommodate you and see how quickly one of our partners can pick up your vehicle.

I Still Owe Money On My Car. Can You Still Buy It?

It depends. CarBrain can buy vehicles with liens on them if our offer matches or exceeds the amount due on the lien. For instance, if you owe $4,000 on the car but we determine that it’s worth $5,000, we can complete the sale.

However, if your car is underwater — that is, you owe more on it than it’s worth — we can’t purchase it. That’s because even if we make an offer, the lien will still be on the title and we can’t take full possession of the car. Our associate buyers can help you explore your options if we can’t purchase your vehicle.

How Much Will You Pay Me For A Car With A Blown Engine?

The value of a vehicle with engine problems depends on numerous factors including the year, make, model, mileage, condition, location and more. We can pay anywhere from $500 to $10,000 or more depending on what kind of car you have. The best way to find out what your car is worth is to get a no-obligation offer from CarBrain today.

Keep in mind that all vehicles depreciate over time. It may not make sense to hold on to your vehicle in the hopes of getting a better offer.

Are There Any Fees For Towing My Car If It Doesn’t Run?

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No — there are absolutely no fees for towing your vehicle if it can’t run. Free towing is included in all CarBrain offers nationwide. We always come to you wherever you are for free, and there are never any hidden fees.