Used Engines Key Terms

Learn about key terms in the used or rebuilt engine market

If you're entering the arena of used engine sales, either to buy one or more used engines for fleet vehicles or in another capacity, it helps to have some knowledge about used engines key terms. Suppliers of used engines can often offer the resources you need online to distinguish between their major products and the common standards of the industry.

Find out about what kinds of used car engines and used truck engines are the most desired and how sellers evaluate them at the sites of veteran used engine companies. Buyers or other interested parties can get a wealth of information including:

1. Influences from foreign engine markets on the international playing field, for evaluating a used foreign engine or a variety of new and used engines.

2. Ways to talk about what is included in purchasing used and rebuilt engines.

3. Other key terms that buyers and sellers use to communicate about the condition, features or value of used or remanufactured engines.

Learn about JDM and USDM used engines

When it comes to buying used engines, you'll want to know this key lingo: JDM refers to Japanese Domestic Market, and USDM refers to the U.S. Domestic Market. Why do people talk about JDM engines? Find out from engine sellers.

Find out about long and short blocks for used engines

Another key term set in the used engine industry is the "long block" and "short block" designation. What does this mean? The long and short block are two different types of engine products. The long block includes more engine accessories than the short block does.

Learn more terms for new and used engines

Besides the above, mechanics and anyone else in the market throw around words related to either the performance or value of a used engine, or both, to figure out just what kind of shape the product is in. Find out about these kinds of terms from sites specializing in the features of engines.

  • Even if you've figured out the lingo around used engines, never rely on vague promises about the condition of your purchase. Get the details up front and avoid costly miscommunications between seller and buyer.