Consumer Advice Corner: Are You Overpaying For Transmission Repairs?

Posted by on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

An automatic transmission is an integral part of your car. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Find out if you’re overpaying for transmission repairs.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

There’s no part of an engine that is arguably more complex than a transmission. Transmissions are often considered the heart and soul of any vehicle. They are responsible for shifting gears, delivering power to the wheels, and achieving an ideal speed-torque ratio while the vehicle is in motion.

But just as with all components of a vehicle, transmissions do go bad. The important question is: are you paying too much for having them repaired? In the following sections, we’ll talk more about how much transmission repairs cost so that you can get a better idea of how much to pay.

The Average Costs

How much does a transmission repair, rebuild, or replacement cost? $500? $1,000? $5,000? Ask any experienced mechanic and they’ll tell you that you should prepare to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500 depending on exactly what’s wrong with the transmission. This might sound like a lot, but it just goes to show the importance of transmissions in vehicles.

High-end vehicles will often cost more than $3,500, but for the average consumer vehicle, don’t expect to pay much more. In fact, if a mechanic gives you a quote that exceeds $2,000 or $3,000 then you should definitely be suspicious and shop around for a better deal, because chances are good that they’re ripping you off. This is where having the ability to fix your own transmission can be very beneficial. If you take the DIY approach, you’ll only need to pay for parts and not labor, ultimately saving you hundreds to thousands of dollars. The 4R70W Ford 4-Speed Automatic Transmission is definitely a transmission that you’ll want to consider if you plan on extending the longevity of your truck, car, or SUV.

What Factors Affect Cost?

The amount that you’ll need to pay for a transmission repair or replacement will depend on many different factors. For example, the extent of the damage itself will need to be assessed before a mechanic can give you an accurate quote. They’ll then need to come up with a list of parts needed to make the fix.

A large portion of your expenses is going to fall under “labor”, or the actual work being done by the mechanic. A simple transmission fluid drain and re-fill will probably only cost a few hundred dollars at most (it’s a simple job in itself, which is why you should definitely consider learning how to perform it by yourself). Vehicles that are considerably rarer or older than the average car will probably mean higher costs since finding parts for these vehicles will be harder and more expensive.

Above everything, make sure that you shop around and search for the best price possible. Visit sites like Yelp to read authentic reviews from real people on the auto shop you’re interested in. Only then can you guarantee that the mechanics there will have your best interests in mind and that they’ll provide you with the best price they can on a transmission repair or rebuild.

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