My car overheated & it blew a head gasket on my 99 Toyota 4cyl Camry. I was told, by the shade tree mechanic who just replaced the radiator & thermostat & then discovered that the head gasket was blown, that it would be best to just replace the engine, as it would be about the same price as trying to have it repaired. I was told it would cost around $900 - $1000 to replace the engine.
I am a 63 yr old single female living in Memphis. I don’t have much money, so am looking for the most economical way to fix my car & get it back up & running so I have a vehicle again. I am disabled now & only drive my car about 5 - 6,000 miles a year.
Where would I look to purchase a decent replacement engine? I did see some for sale online on eBay, would that my best option? When purchasing a replacement engine, is it best to purchase a Used or Rebuilt Engine? What should I look for when purchasing a replacement engine?
If I buy a used or rebuilt engine, does it come with everything that’s needed to get the car fixed & running again, or do I need to also purchase some additional parts to go with it? My out-of-town nephew mentioned something about making sure my mechanic could capture the freon from my ac when he replaced the engine, as replacing the freon could run around $2-$300 additional?
My 99 Toyota Camry currently has 215,000 miles & everything was working fine until a small radiator leak became a big one, which caused the car to overheat & blow a head gasket. The car now has a new Radiator, New Belts (except timing belt), new Thermostat, new brakes, fairly new tires & a new battery. I have owned this car since it was new & I’ve had no major problems with the car until this happened.
Any other suggestions or advice on what I need to do or look for would be appreciated. Thanks for any & all help & replies.