Understanding Rebuilt Transmissions

The transmission is one of the largest and most vital systems in a vehicle, and by extension one of the most expensive parts of a car. The cost of a new transmission to replace an over-worn or damaged transmission can be prohibitively expensive, which is why many vehicle owners opt for rebuilt transmissions instead. Rebuilt transmissions are available for purchase, or vehicle owners can choose to have their current worn-out or damaged transmission rebuilt at a transmission repair shop. Not all rebuilt transmissions are of the same quality or ideal fit for a vehicle, so customers should do their homework before making this investment in their vehicle.

What is a Transmission Rebuild?
When a transmission is rebuilt, it will be removed and inspected in detail. A transmission can cbe a fairly complex system of gears, rotors, and other parts. These will all be repaired or replaced as necessary during the rebuild process. Any damaged or worn-out pieces will be replaced by new parts or refurbished used parts, while any parts of the transmission that are still in good working order are put back into the system.

Advantages and Disadvantages
The greatest advantage of getting a rebuilt transmission is that it costs less than a new one. New transmissions, especially on newer models of cars and trucks, can cost almost as much as a new engine. Rebuilt transmissions prices are much lower, for when a transmission is rebuilt, only the parts that are over-worn or damaged are replaced.

The primary disadvantage of rebuilt transmissions is that the intact parts are not replaced – even if they are in good order, they still have some wear on them. This normally is not a problem; a well rebuilt transmission will function as new. Customers, however, should not have the misconception that a rebuilt transmission is the same as a new one.


There are a number of options available for the rebuilt transmission customer. First of all, customers can look for an available transmission that has already been rebuilt and have it installed in their vehicle. One advantage to this option is that the customer can reasonably predict the price of the transmission and installation. Also, for the sake of economy, many rebuilt transmissions are made to fit the largest range of vehicles possible. For example, a rebuilt transmission may fit all cars of a certain make and model from a specific range of years, but may not be ideal for the details of one specific year within that range. This is especially true of wholesale rebuilt transmissions. Customers should keep this in mind in their search for cheap rebuilt transmissions. Alternately, the customer could have their current transmission rebuilt at a transmission repair shop. This could be more or less expensive than the first option; the customer won’t know how much cost is involved until the transmission is removed and inspected. However, many customers prefer this because they can know who and where all of the work was done. Often transmission repair shops will offer longer warranties on their own work, and the warranties will include the removal and installation process.  Another consideration is what kind of parts are used in the rebuild. Used or reconditioned parts will already have a certain amount of wear on them and will presumably not last as long as completely new parts, but of course will cost less.

Customers should be aware of their options when looking for rebuilt transmissions for sale or deciding on whether or not to have their current transmission rebuilt. With proper care, research, and knowledge, however, rebuilt transmissions can represent a great value and keep a good car running well for years to come.

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