Transmission Repair Cost

Transmission repair is not going to be a cheap fix, and it can cost thousands of dollars depending on how bad the damage is. Small problems are often cheaper to fix while a complete transmission rebuild will cost you a pretty penny, and the reason for this is because isolating the problem is often difficult. The transmission must be removed from the chassis first in order to be taken apart. Then there are tons of internal parts that need to be looked at in order to find the problem, so most of the transmission repair cost will be for the labor, although the cost of parts will also be going into the bill. With that being said, let’s review all the elements of a transmission repair cost.

How Much Does Transmission Repair Cost?

You can expect a transmission repair cost to be anywhere in the range of $1500 to $4000. This really depends if you are looking at low end repairs or a complete transmission rebuild though. Low end repairs will usually cost anywhere from $1500 to $1800 while a complete rebuild can cost more than $3000. Expensive right? We know, which is why we always recommend routine transmission maintenance in order to prevent problems like these. The transmission repair cost will also depend on the extent of the repair and where you choose to bring your car in. Obviously, bringing your car into a reputable repair shop is going to cost you more, but well worth it for the quality of the repair. Factors that influence the price include:

  • Severity of damage – As we’ve mentioned, low end repairs will be around $1500 to $1800 while high end repairs such as a complete rebuild will cost around $3000 to $4000. A transmission that has been well maintained will cost less than one that has gone through a lot of abuse.
  • Automatic or manual transmission – An automatic transmission will cost more to repair, solely because of the sheer number of parts that must be looked at, which equates to more labor. An automatic transmission is much more complex than its manual counterpart, and oftentimes manual transmissions problems usually have something to do with the clutch.
  • Parts – Parts have become more expensive over the years, mostly because they are made with better materials which are smaller, lighter, and stronger. There are also various electronic components that are used in today’s modern vehicle which don’t run cheap. How hard it is to obtain the part also goes into the price.
  • Make and model – Luxury or imported cars will cost more to repair, and also how old or rare the car is. As we’ve mentioned, parts that are hard to obtain cost more, so older cars will cost more to repair.
  • Repair shop – Where you choose to bring your car in for repairs will also affect the price. Trustworthy, more experienced shops will cost you more which is why it’s important to check out multiple shops in your area for the best quotes.
  • Cost of living – The cost of living in your area will also determine the transmission repair cost. An area with a higher cost of living will charge you more for services, so don’t be afraid of looking outside your area as well.

Transmission Repair Cost vs Transmission Replacement Cost

Oftentimes, if the transmission has been subject to heavy abuse, the transmission repair cost will be higher than replacement itself. Yes, there are even cases where the transmission repair cost will be more than the vehicle itself! In these situations, it is really up to you to decide whether you want to go through repair, transmission replacement, or vehicle replacement. If your transmission has more than 100,000 miles logged, is on the verge of failure, would take long to diagnose and fix, or the repair cost is more than replacement, you should opt for replacement instead.

The longer it takes to find a problem, the more you will have to pay. A new transmission will not only cost less but last longer as well. If your transmission has relatively low miles and the problem is minor, transmission repair would be the best route. You should ask multiple repair shops for the best advice, but only from reputable shops that are trustworthy.

If you opt for transmission repair, make sure not to choose a cheap repair shop, as shoddy repair can lead to problems developing again. Your mechanic should be able to tell you what’s wrong with the transmission, what needs to be done, and give you a rough estimate of the transmission repair cost. If you decide on transmission replacement, you can look for used or re-manufactured transmissions and have a shop replace it for you.

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