When your vehicle begins to act suspiciously, you probably think the worst. While many problems are pretty straightforward to fix, there can come a time when the opposite is true. You might discover that your vehicle needs repairs, such as major engine work, that can raise some difficult questions, such as whether you should even bother to have your engine repaired and instead have it replaced completely instead. Keep the following tips in mind when making your decision. 

Age and Condition

The age and condition of the car as a whole should be considered. If your car is less than ten years old, or so, the body is in good shape and the engine does not require a major overhaul, you might consider repairing it. A vehicle that is in poor bodily shape, that you dislike and that needs major engine work, however, is probably best repaired so that you can sell it and purchase something that is more suited to your needs. If you really love the vehicle, replacing the engine is likely to give you years of great service. 

Antique Vehicles

An antique vehicle that you have been thinking about restoring to its natural and original glory begs to have its failing engine replaced with one that is as close to the factory original as you can find. If an antique vehicle has never had its engine replaced, it likely has high miles on it. Repairing such an engine is likely to be an ongoing process that continues to siphon money over the long term. When replacing the engine in such a vehicle, seek out an auto service company that has experience with completing this type of work. 

Learn the Cause of the Engine Failure

A major consideration when deciding if you should repair your vehicle's engine or replace it boils down to the specific reason for its failure. Does it have cracked heads? Is the head gasket blown? If the engine burns a great deal of oil, locks up continuously or runs noisily, all of these factors point to a larger problem than one that can be fixed by a simple visit to your mechanic. While many repairs will cost less up front than replacing the engine, in the long term going the repair route could end up costing you even more money. Replacement engines -- whether they are new from the manufacturer or rebuilt -- often come with warranties that are much more generous than those extended for engine repairs