Rebuilt Transmissions

Rebuilt Transmissions: Pros & Cons

Getting the news that you need a new transmission can be a shock to say the least.  With prices for new transmissions in the thousands of dollars many opt for a rebuilt transmission.   But are they really a good value in the long run?

Rebuilt Transmissions

Remanufactured transmissions or rebuilt transmissions are simply used transmissions that have been completely disassembled and rebuilt using new parts for the major internal components while using the used transmission casing.

Pros of Rebuilt Transmissions

Most people choose to purchase a rebuilt transmission because of the substantial cost savings versus purchasing a new transmission. In most scenarios, a rebuilt transmission will save 50 percent or more over the cost of a new one. With modern transmissions costing in the range of $1800 to $3000, the savings can be substantial. In addition to the price, many come with guarantees that offer parts and labor warranties from one to three years.

Rebuilt transmissions are also considered “a green choice.” It requires a lot less energy and consumption of natural resources to remanufacture a transmission than to produce a new one. Many environmental analysts estimate that rebuilt transmissions use only about 1/10 the energy and resources needed to manufacture a new one.

In this day and age the transmission repair shop that rebuilds the transmission will utilize newer technology that makes the transmissions more affordable and reliable than ever. In fact, many of the country’s largest shipping and delivery companies make it a common practice to purchase rebuilt transmissions rather than to buy new since they are so affordable and reliable.

The Cons of Transmission Rebuilds

The biggest con to purchasing a rebuilt transmission lies in the competency of the shop rebuilding it.  Less reputable shops may try to save money and cut corners by leaving used gears and parts in place. Also, to save money on production costs, some companies may take shortcuts and use existing seals and gaskets rather than installing new ones. This results in transmission leaks or transmissions that do not last very long.

Another possible worry is the fact that some companies do not offer suitable guarantees. While some rebuild shops do offer lengthy warranties, many companies that remanufacture transmissions offer warranties of a year or less. While the cost of rebuilt transmissions is lower than a new one, it is still a large investment and you should expect and ask for a longer warranty.


Other Rebuilt Transmission Concerns

While purchasing a brand new transmission will have a higher up front investment, a new transmission will almost always work properly from the get go. With a rebuilt one, you never know what you’re getting until you actually have the transmission installed. If you are leaning more towards a rebuilt transmission, be sure to do thorough research on the transmission shop that rebuilt the transmission as well as take into consideration the warranty they offer. Be sure that they put the guarantee in writing and clearly state it on the bill of sale.

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Chris Riley
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I have been wrecking cars for as long as I've been driving them but I keep coming back for more. Two wheels or four, I'm all in. gives me a chance to give something back to the automobile community.

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