What is a Transmission?

The transmission is the gear box that is used to convert the torque from the engine assembly to “pull” or “push” your vehicle down the road. Normally they range from 3-5 gears with or without an overdrive option. They can be for two wheel, 4 wheel drive, hydrostatic (no shifting!), automatic or manual (with a shifter).

How much does a used transmission usually cost?

The cost of a transmission purchased from a recycling facility can be much lower than that of a new or rebuilt one. The price ranges with the make and model of the car, along with the age of the vehicle. Of course, late model transmissions will cost more than older ones. However, in some cases a rare transmission that might be very old could be costly due to the demand.

Vehicle Rebuilt/New Recycled Savings
2007 Ford  Mustang $1,900.00 $600.00 $1,300
2010 Honda Accord $2,180.00 $400.00 $1,780
2009 GMC Yukon $1,650 $450.00 $1,200
2010 Jaguar XJ8 $3,900.00 $1,400.00 $2,500
2012 Cadillac CTS
$3,500 $500.00 $3,000
2011 Dodge Caravan $3,750 $600 $3,150

Things to keep in mind when buying

Do you really need a transmission? Have you had it diagnosed yet by a qualified mechanic? Are you prepared to install it at home or do you want to get it shipped to a repair facility that is going to do the work for you? Verify that the shop you are using will allow you to provide your own parts to be installed. You can save money this way without paying the markup the facility might have but just confirm they will install it first.
Do you have a place to store the transmission if you are having it delivered to your home or place of business? As the facility you are buying from if the item is guaranteed. Has it been road tested? Often these vehicles cannot be driven because they have been salvaged but many still can be. Make sure you understand the specific options your transmission asks for and just don’t assume they are the same. Sometimes just a digit or two on the part number will make a difference.

Installation Tips

Before installing make sure the torque converter seats properly into the pump. Replace pump seal if the unit has a removable screen. Also, replace the filter as well if it is removable. If the vehicle is front wheel drive it is good to replace the axle seals as well.

Ongoing maintenance

Not much to do here. Refer to your owners manual as to frequency of fluid changes.