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It’s wise to be smart with your money, to save more than you spend, and when shopping, to look for the best deal you can find. But on the subject of buying a used transmission, an adage applies: “You get what you paid for.” In other words, purchasing a used transmission is never a good idea unless you’re doing it as a temporary measure for example, to sell the vehicle and move on.
Used transmissions can be found at most auto salvage yards. Many of these suppliers offer limited warranties, usually for a time frame ranging from 30 to 90 days. But it’s important to remember you’re rummaging for a used transmission in an auto junkyard. That means you don’t truly know what condition a used transmission is in, what its history is, and there are no guarantees it will work long, if at all.
Be aware it can take up to 10 hours or more to remove and install a used transmission in a car. In fact, It’s usually cheaper to have your vehicle’s failed or failing transmission removed and repaired. Additionally, there are so many variations of transmissions on the used parts after-market that there’s a real possibility you may purchase the wrong model for your vehicle.
Modern transmissions are computer-controlled marvels featuring an array of sensors that constantly monitor and relay information to the computer to ensure the transmission is performing at an optimum level. Your vehicle’s engine control unit is what governs everything from fuel efficiency and emissions to shifting gears. If repairing your current transmission isn’t a viable option, you may have to purchase a new one and have it installed.
Rebuilding a failed or failing transmission may seem questionable, but you have the benefit of knowing its history and who serviced it. Plus, there’s no worrying over whether or not the transmission gears and electronics are the perfect match for your vehicle.
Every Reconditioned Transmission from San Antonio Transmission repair shops include a 12-month part and labor warranty (which can be upgraded to two or three years). We even have ATRA Nationwide Warranties!
It’s that extended peace of mind that should give you the confidence to invest in repairing your existing transmission with a company that will stand behind its product 100%. Also, it strikes the right balance between being economically responsible and having the peace of mind the repair will go as planned.