Remanufactured VS Rebuilt: 4 Reasons Why a Reman Trans is Your Best Option

Posted by on Monday, January 21st, 2013

As a shop owner your first priority should be to make money, after all that’s why we’re working, right? Your second priority should be to deliver to your customer the most bang for their buck. Doing so will help spread the word that you’re an up and up shop, and you’ll keep your customers happy with your quality services and products.

While we could take this subject to a whole new level, let’s just concentrate on one component in the car, the one component that your customers, on average, probably know the least about. The one component, that when it breaks, leaves the customer in the dark and vulnerable to dishonest shop owners. That one component is the automatic transmission.

The automatic transmission is usually largely forgotten by the customer. They know they need to change the engine oil, get new brakes every so often and rotate their tires. But they only think about their automatic transmission when it leaves them stranded.

re-manufactured transmission being torn down


So sooner or later your best customers are going to come to you with a major transmission problem – one that requires the transmission to be swapped out for a working unit. You could send your customers transmission to Uncle Joe’s rebuild shop down the street, but is that in your customer’s best interest? No, it’s not. When your customer’s transmission fails, the best advice you can give your customer is to let you buy, or direct them towards, a re-manufactured transmission for them.  But you say rebuilt and re-manufactured trans are the same? Sorry, that just isn’t true. Here are a few reasons why a re-manufactured transmission trumps that of one that has simply been rebuilt:

1) A rebuilt transmission involves only replacing the items that are completely worn out. This usually means gaskets, seals, bands and clutches. Items that are marginally still good go back into a rebuilt transmission the way they came out. The transmission will work but not as good as if those parts where either re-machined or replaced. In a re-manufactured transmission all the worn items are replaced, just like a rebuilt unit. But that is where the similarities end.  A re-manufactured transmission will also have the marginal parts re-machined or completely replaced.

state of the art CNC machines used in re-conditioning parts in a re-manufactured transmission


2) Re-manufactured transmissions also differ from those that have simply been rebuilt by including updates that the factory should have included in the design of the transmission in the first place. This might include modifications to the valve body, better quality friction material or the machining of internal parts that benefit the life of the transmission. Rebuilt transmissions usually don’t include these modifications that are implemented to increase the life span and durability of the transmission.

3) Many ma and pa rebuild shops don’t have the proper equipment to handle the renewing of a transmission that has suffered a failure. They usually don’t have high pressure hot tanks designed to thoroughly clean all the small transmission passages. They also lack a good quality transmission dyno. All re-manufactured transmissions get a long bath in the hot tank, and then, after they are complete re-manufactured, they are run through the paces on the dyno, many of which can simulate real world conditions. This pretty much guarantees that the re-manufactured transmission will work the first time and eliminates the chance that you are installing a transmission that will not work. If the newly installed trans doesn’t work the first time, you’ll be spending a lot of extra time and labor removing it a second time.

high tech transmission dyno


4) Re-manufactured transmissions come with a much better warranty than a rebuilt unit does. A rebuilt unit’s warranty will usually last somewhere between 60 – 90 days. On the other hand, a re-manufactured transmission usually comes with at least a 2 – 3 year warranty.

In a few simple words, a re-manufactured unit is just as good as a completely brand new one. A rebuilt transmission is not. Do your customer and yourself a favor. Next time a broke transmission ends up in your shop replace it with a re-manufactured unit!

re-manufactured transmission will include major alterations and upgrades designed to make them both stronger and more durable. A re-manufactured transmission will also include a much better warranty; three years compared to an average 90 days for a rebuilt transmission. As a bonus, in the rare event that a re-manufactured transmission fails within the warranty period, they will cover your R&R cost to replace your customer’s transmission. And remember, the companies that re-manufacture transmissions are very easy contact. They are just a quick phone call or email away from helping you out.

4 Responses to “Remanufactured VS Rebuilt: 4 Reasons Why a Reman Trans is Your Best Option”

  1. [...] car, the transmission has a finite life span. When the time comes to replace the transmission I highly recommend going with a re-manufactured unit. They differ from a simple rebuild in that they bring all spec up to what they were when the [...]

  2. [...] transmission case polished can add anywhere from $300 – $700 to the cost of the transmission. If you’re ordering a re-manufactured transmission you can request that they polish the case as part of the package.  Another good idea is to get the [...]

  3. [...] you look at replacing it with a re-manufactured transmission over one that has simply been rebuilt. Re-manufactured transmissions are the same or better than a new transmission at a fraction of the cost. As a bonus, they come with upgrades to prevent or cure common problems [...]

  4. [...] Warranty: A rebuilt transmission usually has a 90 day warranty. New transmissions come with a 1 year warranty, on average.  A re-manufactured transmission will usually come with a three year warranty.  Makers of re-manufactured transmissions are so confident in their workmanship and use of quality parts that they can offer a warranty that blows the other two out of the water! [...]

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