How to Buy Rebuilt Transmissions

by Francis Walsh

Remanufactured parts affect no other industry as it does in the automotive parts and supply business. In order to make an affordable product available to the public, many auto parts can be "rebuilt," which makes the cost low. Transmissions are a prime example of cost affecting quality through the process of remanufacturing a working product from an otherwise useless core.

Research your options locally and online. Use the Internet to find the contact information of transmission shops in your area. Knowing how to buy rebuilt transmissions includes shopping for the best supplier. A rebuilt transmission can have a price difference of 80 percent from one dealer to another. Quality of work is one concern, but knowing how to shop for rebuilt transmissions will help you avoid poor craftsmanship.

Search for wholesale parts dealers that sell engines and transmissions taken out of salvaged vehicles. New transmissions can become available at wholesale prices from these salvage companies, or you can have one rebuilt that saves you money because the transmission is in better shape than your busted original.

Go to a performance parts dealer for their price on rebuilt transmissions. Companies such as Jegs and Summit have been offering high-quality rebuilt transmissions to their customers. Many clients use the transmissions in performance cars and trucks and demand a higher quality. When you want to buy rebuilt transmissions, there's no better place to get one than from a dealer that has close ties to manufacturers of transmission products and parts.

Call the contact number of the companies you want more information from. Now is the time to get help from an experienced technician if you need more help selecting the correct rebuilt transmission. Have your vehicle information at hand when you talk about a rebuilt transmission so you can help the service guide help you. Be ready to answer his questions about engine size, make, model and year of manufacture. All this and more may be needed to order the right rebuilt transmission for you the first time. Mention any upgrades in tire size, rear gear ratio and driving conditions.

Organize the information from each of the rebuilt-transmission dealers and wholesalers you spoke with. Eliminate the lowest- and highest-priced deals where applicable and contact at least three of the remaining options. Be ready to acknowledge your research and have your salesman help you get the best deal. Look for upgraded parts including valve-body improvements and clutch bands whenever they are offered. Consider that paying a little more than average could get you an above-average result.

Purchase the most practical choice of rebuilt transmissions after doing your research. Have a mail order transmission sent directly to a transmission shop for installation or to your garage for do it yourself transmission installation. Be sure to get a limited or extended warranty. Start protecting your investment by protecting your investment with insurance.

Regularly inspect the performance and fluids of your new rebuilt transmission, and report problems to the dealer who sold you the part. Report problems and get help with fixing and problems that result from the rebuilding process. You won't buy a lemon because you know what you are doing. Using these tips on how to buy rebuilt transmissions is the first step in saving some money on a part you need to work well into the future.


  • check Have your original transmission rebuilt whenever possible. If you are choosing to work with a local transmission shop, you should not swap out for a transmission they have already rebuilt. Have the shop go through your old, busted transmission so the parts stay together throughout the life of the car when possible.


  • close Wholesale transmissions are not rebuilt. They are salvaged equipment that may be broken as well. Prepare for this when organizing a budget. Each rebuilt transmission you shop for will have a price that varies by as much as $1000. Don't be fooled by poor-quality workmanship or obvious lies just to save a buck.

About the Author

Francis Walsh has been working as a freelance writer since 2003. He has contributed to websites such as Shave, Autogeek and Torque & Chromeas, as well as provided content for private clients. Walsh has worked as a performance part-packer and classic car show promoter, now serving as crew chief for Nitrousfitz Racing.

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