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Should I Buy a Used Transmission?

Purchasing a used transmission from the auto graveyard poses significant financial risks

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 to extend the longevity of an older vehicle.

Used Transmissions and the Risks They Pose

Used transmissions can be found at most auto wreckers. Many of these suppliers offer warranties, usually for a timeframe 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 as you expect for long if at all.

Be aware it can take up to 10 hours or more to 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 aftermarket that there’s a real possibility you may purchase the wrong model for your vehicle.

There Are Other Options Available to You

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 can opt to replace it with a rebuilt model, or you can 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 are the perfect match for your vehicle.

Transmission rebuilds at Mister Transmission repair shops include a 12-month warranty (which can be upgraded to three or five years). It’s that extended nationwide guarantee that should give you the confidence to invest in repairing your existing transmission. Also, it strikes the right balance between being economically responsible and having the peace of mind the repair will go as planned.

Are you experiencing a problem with your vehicle’s manual or automatic transmission or have questions about transmissions? Visit the Mister Transmission location nearest you and get the expert help and information you need.


What Does It Cost to Buy a Transmission from a Salvage Yard?

There are no guarantees you’ll get value for your money by purchasing a used transmission from a junkyard or salvage yard

Are you thinking about buying a used transmission or a junkyard transmission? What is the real cost of doing so? As a short-term, cost-effective solution for an older vehicle, buying a used transmission from a junkyard can be a worthwhile option, but you need to do your homework (and cross your fingers).

Purchasing a transmission from an auto scrapyard to try to save a few bucks is a risky business. Why? Because you truly don’t know what you’re getting, or if the used transmission you bought is the right model for your vehicle. In other words, you’re making a leap of faith that might not go the way you hoped primarily because salvage yards don’t run diagnostic checks on the vehicle parts they dismantle.

There are other alternative transmission repair solutions. For instance, you could buy a new transmission or have your current one rebuilt. Whatever you choose to do, beware of misleading transmission repair prices.

Beyond the Junkyard Transmission Purchase Price

If you do buy a used transmission from an auto wreckers’ yard for a few hundred dollars, you’re still facing a potentially hefty bill to have it installed in your vehicle. Thereafter, if that used transmission fails, you’re out of pocket with nothing to show for it. After all, no salvage yard will give you a warranty on a used auto part, and if they do, it won’t be of the variety that is longer than a few weeks at best, and it won’t cover the cost of the installation.

Financing Help If You Need It

Did you know all our service locations provide our valued customers with affordable financing options on approved credit (aka OAC) to help you pay for your transmission repair comfortably? We do. Furthermore, we back our transmission repair work with a nationwide service warranty guarantee.

Do you need to buy a new or used transmission? Visit the Mister Transmission service centre nearest you and talk to our expert technicians before you spend your money.