What is a Core Charge?

In the automotive industry, there is a term called “Core Charge” or “Core Deposit”. This simple term causes headaches for people who have never heard of it before, and many times you will get upset to find out that you have to pay more for an auto part than its actual listed price. Well, here are the facts about core costs:

The need for a “Core Charge” or “Core Deposit” arose from recycling and remanufacturing auto parts. Remanufacturing an auto part is nothing new and has been around since the automobile was invented. A remanufactured part of a reputable auto part rebuilder usually saves you lots of money, and you also help the environment from not actually throwing this part in a landfill. If you have ever purchased a battery for your car, truck, or boat, you have probably come across this core charge as batteries are recycled and resold and your old battery has a value. This old battery is called a core and the value is the money that your old battery is worth to the rebuilder. If you ever purchase a power steering pump or rack and pinion, you most likely purchased a remanufactured one and you had to turn in your old one so it could be remanufactured and resold to someone else. Numerous items are still remanufactured today and for good reason. Fuel injectors for instance are very easy items to remanufacture (if you have the expensive cleaning machine, all the new internal parts needed, and of course the know-how) and they save the end user hundreds of dollars. A typical gasoline fuel injector can cost $80-$100 or more easily. If you need all eight injectors, well that is around $800. A remanufactured fuel injector can cost only $25-$50, purchasing eight is half the price and is a huge saving. If you need diesel fuel injectors, well then you will almost always purchase remanufactured as many times new is not even available. Here are a few examples that we sell often:

Climate Control Modules:
New      = $500-$800
Reman = $200-$400

Instrument Clusters:
New      = $400-$600
Reman = $200-$400

Diesel Fuel Injector Pump:
New      = $1500-$2500
Reman = $500-$1500
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