Rebuilt or Remanufactured

Q: What is the difference between a rebuilt and a remanufactured starter?

A: These two terms are sometimes used interchangeably. However, some technicians look at it is this way. A rebuilt starter is one that is removed from your vehicle, it is taken to an auto-electric shop (or an in-house technician), then the technician takes it apart and puts in new parts that are needed. A remanufactured starter is one that has been remanufactured in a factory. Remanufactured starters are available at parts stores. When you buy one, you will need to turn in your old starter. If you don’t, the parts store will charge you a core charge. These cores are sent back to the manufacturer to get new parts put into them. Both methods can be high quality. Like with anything, it really depends on who is doing the work.