A good repair shop that can diagnose and install a replacement transmission can be hard to find – especially on short notice. We can help you find a shop that does quality transmission diagnostics and installation for a fair price.
We also include a guide for fair prices for both replacement transmissions and installation labor for the most common transmission models.
How to Save Money:
We try to recommend repair shops more likely to install a remanufactured transmission that you purchase on your own for cost savings. When buying a transmission through a repair shop or dealership, you generally will pay $300 – $800 more.
When buying factory direct, you can save $300 – $800 from what the shop will add as their markup on the transmission. Get a factory direct estimate by text message + email by clicking here.
Questions to ask when calling local repair shops:
Note: Before calling, have your 17-digit VIN# number (from the vehicle dash, door or an insurance card, registration or title) handy.
–Do you install transmissions? Can you quote me a price for installation?
(Check the guide table below for fair labor prices. Labor costs can differ by area.)
–What is your hourly labor rate?
(Typical rates average $75 – $115 per hour)
–Can I have the transmission shipped to your shop for install?
(If you are purchasing directly from a company selling a remanufactured transmission)
Transmission Installation Shop Locator:
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Reliable Repair Shop Criteria:
The following are recommended criteria to look for when calling around to find the most fair and reliable local repair shop for transmission installation:
- Has been in business for 2 years or more.
- Has a 4.0 or higher Google Reviews and/or Yelp Reviews rating, with no patterns of 1-star reviews.
- Has a Better Business Bureau “B” or higher rating.
- Is willing to install customer supplied transmissions purchased through reputable suppliers.
- Charges a maximum $95/hour labor rate for initial transmission installation and has a warranty hourly rate that is less than retail for warranty repair work.
- Offers transmission replacement labor using established hourly book times (Mitchell, Alldata, Chilton, Motor, etc).
- Has ability to reflash/reprogram using OEM subscriptions for late model 2006+ vehicles (shop equipped with Snap-On Pass-Through Pro II/III, Drewtech CarDAQ-Plus 2, Drewtech RAP, or similar J2534 device)
- Have a repair shop that does excellent transmission diagnostics and installation and want to be recommended? Visit our For Shops page
Fair Replacement Transmission Cost and Labor by Model
Find your transmission model in the table below for fair prices from reputable suppliers. Also fair labor cost for local installation at a local auto repair shop.
Get a free estimate on a remanufactured transmission factory direct by email.
Remanufactured Transmission Pricing – Links to Supplier Transmission Prices
|Transmission||Street Smart Transmission||Autozone||Advance Auto Parts||Dealer Retail|
|4L60E / 4L65E||1671||1699||1799||2133|
|4T45E / 4T40E||1811||1440||1499||2644|
|5L40E (Exc. BMW)||2122||2145||2199||3618|
|6T40 / 6T45||1990||2500||2679||2850|
|6T75E / 6T70||1990||2392||2499||2955|
|6L80 / 6L90||2247||2520||2539||2930|
|4R100 / E4OD||1775||1836||1899||3228|
|AX4N / AX4S||1787||1480||1599||2495|
|FNR5 / AWTF-80||2040||2010||2079||2783|
|6F50 / 6F35||2295||2355||2649||3387|
|W5A580 / NAG1||2487||4510||3098||n/a|
More Information by Transmission Type
Where to Buy a Used Transmission
Option 1: Buying through a Local Repair Shop
When you go to your local repair shop, they’ll order a used transmission from a local or out-of-state salvage yard, depending on availability.
Pro Tip: If you are having your used transmission installed at a local repair shop, this option is the most recommended way to buy a used transmission.
The major benefit here is that you will typically have some sort of warranty on both the parts and labor through the repair shop if the one they purchased fails.
Option 2: Buying direct through a Salvage Yard
If you are installing a used transmission yourself, the nationwide search engine most commonly used to find a salvage yard transmission by repair shops and insurance companies is www.car-part.com which is connected to almost every salvage yard in the US.
Car-part.com uses the Hollander interchange system for searching the exact used transmission that will interchange with yours.
Pro Tip: Buy From A Salvage Yard That is Within Driving Distance From You When Possible! Always sort by distance and buy in your local area for the matching used transmission to save on the cost of shipping, if the matching unit is available locally. Also, if you have a warranty situation, it is much more difficult to have a warranty claim resolved if you purchase a used transmission from out of state.
Only licensed salvage yards can list auto parts on car-part.com so you can be assured that the companies listed are actual salvage yards.
Buying a used transmission through a broker / website is not recommended. Most brokers / websites typically use the above www.car-part.com to find you a transmission, then mark up the part by several hundred dollars–charge a brokering fee–and not all online brokers are legitimate or give you the accurate mileage that was on the transmission they are selling. So in the end, you end up paying more for the same thing, at a higher risk of having difficulty if you need a warranty claim.
Pro Tip: Resist the urge to buy a low priced transmission over the Internet that claims low mileage. The risk of a warranty situation is generally not worth any savings of buying a cheap transmission from out of state. You will have little or no recourse if the transmission does not work right. If you prefer to not deal with a salvage yard, buy a used transmission for sale through your local repair shop. Because if you end up having a problem with the transmission (roughly 20-25% chance), buying through your local repair shop will save you the potential headaches of dealing with a third party from out of state who is trying to get a warranty unit from another salvage yard in another state. The repair shop you are buying through typically will already have an established relationship with that salvage yard and will get your situation resolved far easier than through an online broker.
We recommend Street Smart Transmission. Their transmissions carry a 3 year / unlimited miles warranty that covers both parts and labor. Their warranty is nationwide and attached to the VIN so it is transferable with ownership if you decide to sell the vehicle. It also covers both parts and labor for the installation of the replacement transmission.
Watch the Remanufacturing Process
How it Works
Finding a Shop to Install the Remanufactured Transmission
For warranty purposes, you need to find a reliable repair shop. That way, if the replacement transmission doesn’t work properly, the warranty will cover it.
Each step in the remanufacturing process has to be verified by quality control managers before the build can continue. This guarantees uniform, properly functioning transmissions that will exceed the original manufacturer’s specifications. It also allows for a generous warranty that will protect you from transmission repair costs for up to three years.
- Standard coverage: 3 Years / Unlimited Mileage
- Commercial applications: 18 Months / 100,000 Miles
- Warranty is attached to the VIN number and can be transferred if the vehicle is sold
- Coverage is good at any licensed repair shop, anywhere in the United States
- Pays for parts & labor
- Replacement transmission will be shipped immediately upon receipt of a claim
In addition to the exceptional warranty coverage, every transmission is shipped to any business address for free, and core returns are shipped free as well. Between the build quality and the warranty, a our transmissions are literally better than new.
More Information by Make & Model
1230 N Market Loop
Baytown, TX 77521
Services:transmission rebuilders, transmission repair shop, new transmissions
15017 Woodforest Blvd
Channelview, TX 77530
Services: transmission replacement, transmission repair, clutch repair, clutch replacement
Master Tech Transmissions
13102 Cypress North Houston Rd
Cypress, TX 77429
Services: manual & automatic transmission repair, clutch replacement, differentials
Milstead Automotive & Transmission
29707 W Hawthorne Dr
Spring, TX 77386
Services: transmission repair, new transmissions, clutch repair, differential repair
National Transmission Center
27202 State Highway 249
Tomball, TX 77375
Services: new transmissions, transmission repair shop, dual-clutch transmissions
McAfee Standard Transmission
5723 Jensen Dr
Houston, TX 77026
Services: continuously variable transmissions, dual-clutch transmissions, manual transmissions
Snider’s Accurate Transmission
10335 W Fairmont Pkwy
La Porte, TX 77571
Services: transmission shop, manual transmissions, automatic transmissions, clutch repair
Circle D Transmission
13706 Hempstead Rd
Houston, TX 77040
Services: transmission repair shop, transmission filters,torque converters,transmission rebuild
Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas
- Cedar Park
- Corpus Christi
- Dallas County
- El Paso
- Fort Worth
- Grand Prairie
- Round Rock
- San Antonio
- Sugar Land
- The Woodlands
Texas State Licensing Requirements
Texas doesn’t require any state license of transmission shops in Houston TX, so there’s no state standard for competency and reliability.
Likewise, the state doesn’t require that transmission repair services in Houston TX first show proof of liability insurance to reimburse you in the event of any damages that might occur during servicing.
Questions to Ask a Transmission Shop
This list of questions will assist you in finding a Houston transmission repair shop with skill, experience and business ethics you can trust.
Experience, Qualifications and Insurance
Ask these questions to find a shop that will deliver qualified, trustworthy transmission repair in Houston:
- How long have you been doing transmission repair in Houston?
- What training and experience does the technician have who will work on my vehicle?
- Has the technician repaired a transmission in my make and model vehicle before?
- May I have two or three references and their phone numbers?
- Do you carry liability insurance to reimburse me if my vehicle is damaged while here, and may I have the name and number of your insurance provider?
Diagnostic Fees and Repair Estimates
In this set of questions, you want to make sure that there are no hidden fees. A reasonable diagnostic fee is standard, but some Houston transmission repair shops have a practice of quoting a low diagnostic fee and then charging you far more money to put your transmission back together after the inspection if you decide to take it elsewhere to be repaired.
- Do you charge a diagnostic fee?
- Does that fee cover reassembling the transmission after the diagnosis has been made, if I decide not to have the vehicle repaired?
- Will you give me a written and itemized transmission repair estimate and require my authorization before work begins?
- Are there any potential charges not listed on the estimate?
How Repairs Are Done
Some Houston transmission repair shops give estimates for service called a “transmission rebuild” or “rebuilt transmission” but only do minor bench repairs and replace the fewest possible parts. These questions will help you avoid such unfair practices:
- Will you provide me with an itemized list of everything that will be replaced in a transmission rebuild or other type repair?
- Do you use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts?
- Are the parts new, used or refurbished, and if I have a choice, what are the cost and warranty differences?
- Is any of the work contracted out to another shop, and if so, what is the name and number of the shop?
- Will this transmission repair affect my vehicle’s warranty?
- Do you warranty the repair parts and labor, and if so, for how long?