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The Cost Differences Between Newer and Older Cars

The Cost Differences Between Newer and Older Cars

There’s nothing quite like shopping for a new, “every day” car or finding that perfect vintage model that you can’t wait to get ino the garage. Regardless of original ownership, having something that is new to you is exciting and full of potential.

However, there are hidden costs of owning newer cars that should be kept in mind as opposed to buying vintage.


According to Kelley Blue Book, the average car price in the U.S. was about $36,113 at the end of 2017. Unless you buy a cash car, you’ll have to factor in interest. The amount you pay on your auto loan will depend on how much money you put down, your credit score, your debt-to-income ratio, and the length of your car loan.


You won’t feel the effects of depreciation immediately after you purchase a car, but according to Carfax, a vehicle loses 10 percent of its value once you drive it off of the lot. All cars will depreciate, but it’s something to keep in mind.


Insurance varies from person to person, but your driving record, what kind of car you own, and your age helps your insurance agent to determine your monthly rate. Shop around with different companies to find the best price or even consider combining auto and home insurance to save even more.


Accidents, scrapes, and scratches happen. According to AAA, the average amount Americans budget for car maintenance and tires is about $99 a month. Getting your oil changed on time, rotating and aligning your tires, and using the appropriate kind of fuel can help you save in the long term.

Taxes and other fees

Depending on what city and state you live in, taxes and other fees can easily creep up on you. You can expect to pay title fees when you buy a new car and license fees almost annually. Don’t forget that you will also be charged to replace or renew a driver’s license.

With older cars, parts (in most cases) are typically cheaper and insurance and registration fees usually aren’t as expensive. Plus, having a consistent “hands on” project is something to be proud of. Whether you’re buying something old (or new) remember that BluePrint Engines has everything you need to keep your ride going for years to come.

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BluePrint 306ci Ford Gets a Vintage Look

BluePrint 306ci Ford Gets a Vintage Look

Ryan Manson at Hot Rod Network recently wrote about giving our modern 306ci Ford small-block a vintage vibe.

His friends James and Chris McMenimen bought our 306ci Ford and wanted to give it a more “period” look.

They based the look of the Windsor motor to that of a late 1950s Thunderbird Y-block engine. Their theory was that it would not only make the engine look cool, but it would demand a second glance. The team also wanted to add the proper accessories to the front of the engine from an Eddie Motorsports S-Drive serpentine belt kit.

Manson noted that swapping brackets and pulleys from one engine model to another doesn’t always work.

“Different pulley offsets and bracket arrangements make for a junkyard nightmare when it comes to adding an A/C compressor, alternator, and power steering pump using factory fittings, not to mention the requirement of two or more V-belts to drive all those components,” Manson wrote.

They added a Holley’s brand-new Sniper EFI throttle body to the top of the long-block which increased fuel efficiency.

Manson also noted that “ integrated ignition timing control and coil driver allows the Sniper EFI ECU to control our MSD Digital 6AL ignition box, Blaster coil, and MSD Pro-Billet Distributor, further improving the performance of our ‘vintage’ small-block Ford.”

We love their creativity in the garage. You can see a full gallery of the photos they took on the Hot Rod Network website.

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What You Should Know Before You Buy A Crate Engine

What You Should Know Before You Buy A Crate Engine

Not all crate engines are created equally. From the price to the components used in their assembly, the buying process can be difficult if you’re not sure what to look for.  

At BluePrint Engines, we believe that you should consider the following before you spend your time and treasure on a crate engine for your ride.

Know Your Budget

When it comes to a project, it’s important to know what you’re willing to spend. Take some time and think about your overall budget and break that down further. How much are you willing to pay for just the engine? Other parts? What about labor if you can’t do everything yourself? Have a set price in mind with a little wiggle room just in case.

Know the Warranty

Be sure to know your warranty inside and out. At BluePrint Engines, we give our engines the industry's best-in-class warranty for 30 months or 50,000 miles. Our warranty applies to individual or professional installations, is fully transferable, and is covers engines worldwide.

Know if it’s Dyno Tested

How do you know if the engine makes the horsepower and torque that was advertised? Even though there is a warranty, the stress and heartache of having a problem after the fact are the worst. Dyno testing is one more way to ensure our customers get the quality product they deserve.

Know that the experts at BluePrint Engines are happy to help you choose the right engine. Give us a call at 1-800-483-4263 and we’ll be happy to answer all of your technical questions.

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