A new website, OverhaulBids.com, has launched to help aircraft owners save time — and money — when it’s time for an overhaul.
Likened to an Angie’s List of engine shops — but with prices included — owners can search the site for information on engine shops, pricing and reviews for engine overhauls and inspections. And it’s free to use.
The idea for the website came to founder, Alan Depauw, when he noticed the shortcomings of getting overhaul quotes and verifying a shop’s reputation by the traditional way of searching and calling shops.
“I can’t think of another example of risking $15,000 or more on a service from a virtually unrated supplier,” he says. “Now aircraft owners can have a third party source of reviews and don’t have to waste hours searching and talking on the phone to get quotes.”
Here’s how it works: Aircraft owners spend two minutes to post their engine project. Once posted, an email goes out to every shop in the Overhaul Bids network. Shops sign in and post competitive bids on the project. The owner then calls shops of interest, and decides who to use.
Overhaul Bids is searchable by keyword, capability, and location. You can even map your results to gauge proximity.
It also has a learning center to help you learn about piston engine overhaul so you can get unbiased information about topics like understanding quotes, options, warranty, alternatives, and more. It’s loaded with external content for those who want more in-depth research on topics like what cylinders are most reliable.
Overhaul Bids isn’t just for aircraft owners, Depauw noted. It’s also there to help shops expand their reach in a risk-free way. Shops pay a small fee when they complete a job won through the website.
Overhaul bids supports projects for all engine manufacturers and specializes in piston engines. Examples are engine overhaul, prop strikes, hot section inspections, and anything else that you would use an engine shop for.