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Need new engine, looking for solutions

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Good afternoon,

I have a 2009 Smart Car that is paid off. A mechanic told me that I have to replace the engine because the block overheated and leaked coolant. I've been having the car sit for about 2 years in my driveway. I don't have the financial means to repair it. I have about $800 in aftermarket parts on there? What's the cheapest way about going to fix or swap the engine? Any 4 cylinder options? I have someone that's willing to swap it out. I know I can probably get $1,000 for it as is.

Thanks Smart Family!
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Wahi is pretty much spot-on. I replaced my 08 with a salvage engine five or six years ago and his estimate is pretty much what I would expect. I paid about 2k for a good used engine witrh only 10k on it and about $200 shipping from several states away. Engines are a little cheaper now, but it's harder to find one with so few miles on it. I did the work myself, so that was "free", but that requires some expertise and tools that the average DIYer probably won't have, although it is pretty much straight-forward if you do a little reseaerch on this and the Evilution website.
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