The car oil pump is a pump which is fitted to the inside fo the oil tank, and using an electrical motor, pushes the oil into the engine. An oil pump is ideally intended to deliver a continuous flow of the oil into the engine, however not all oil pump devices are the same, and the differences in cost between the varieties of oil pumps can sometimes be confusing to anyone who is not an automobile expert. As well as price, there are a lot of differences in power, volume, and pressure which can also affect the total cost of an oil pump. Shopping around for the best price can be easier once you understand the different types of oil pump that currently exist. Comparison shopping for an new oil pump can be difficult if you are not sure of the advantages and disadvantages of different oil pumps, but follow this short guide to understand what you will be getting for your money.
Remanufactured Oil Pumps
Remanufactured oil pumps probably offer the best deal. Factories take old oil pumps, and essentially rebuild them to the manufacturers' original specifications. Remanufacturing is not just done by small home-town garages and car-parts makers. Big names such as John Deere produce low-cost oil pumps. These oil pumps also come with a one-year warranty if the John Deere dealer installs the original pump. Remanufactured oil pumps operate to the same standards as brand new oil pumps, but they can cost a great deal less.
The costs of a remanufactured oil pump is around half that of a standard oil pump: for example, a recent comparison suggested that a replacement oil pump for a Ford Navistar DT466E would cost $800 for a brand new version, and $408 for a remanufactured oil pump, so the difference there is plain.
Salvaged Oil Pumps
Garages and mechanics will often salvage car parts which are not damaged: an auto junkyard is a good place to look for a cheaper oil pump. While they are not fixed to the high standard of the remanufactured oil pump, a salvaged oil pump can often be fixed to failure (ie: mended back to the original point of damage). Mechanics will often sell a rebuilt oil pump to car owners, and may be willing to install it for a fee.
Salvaged oil pumps will not typically be as hard-wearing as a remanufactured oil pump, and they will also not be supplied with a manufacturers' warranty, making them less cost-effective in the long term, although they could be half the price of a remanufactured model.
Discount oil pumps
Discount oil pumps can be bought from garages and also from manufacturers and merchants. These will often be much cheaper than the new oil pump, and will also have the warranty and assurance of longevity that comes with the new car parts. Garages and manufacturers sometimes have offers in local papers, or hand out coupons: you can use these to purchase discounted goods such as a new oil pump. The discount will probably not be huge, certainly not as large as remanufactured or salvaged oil pumps, but you will be paying for a new oil pump.