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||1490||1699||1799||2133|
|4T45E / 4T40E||1370||1440||1499||2644|
|5L40E (Exc. BMW)||1890||2145||2199||3618|
|6T40 / 6T45||2090||2500||2679||2850|
|6T75E / 6T70||2090||2392||2499||2955|
|6L80 / 6L90||2190||2520||2539||2930|
|4R100 / E4OD||1790||1836||1899||3228|
|AX4N / AX4S||1490||1480||1599||2495|
|FNR5 / AWTF-80||1790||2010||2079||2783|
|6F50 / 6F35||2290||2355||2649||3387|
|W5A580 / NAG1||2490||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
6 to 6 Auto Service
2405 P St
Lincoln, NE 68503
Freeway Muffler & Brakes
1300 High St
Lincoln, NE 68502
Freeway Muffler stands by its ability to perform all kinds of mechanical services. We service all makes and models of vehicles. Please come visit us for all your automotive needs. We will do everything possible to get our client’s vehicle back to 100%.
222 N 48th St,
Lincoln, NE 68504
Did you know that proper windshield installation is as important to your safety as seat belts, air bags and anti-lock brakes? We are available for your auto glass needs Monday – Friday 7:30am to 5pm and Saturday 8am to 12pm. Whether your car window needs to be replaced or repaired, you can trust that our fully trained and certified technicians will help your vehicle get back on the road safely and quickly. Brakes Plus Auto Glass is your one-stop-shop for all of your auto glass needs in the Denver Metro: 303-745-8400 and Colorado Springs: 719-203-7080
Husker Automotive Inc
1421 Center Park Rd
Lincoln, NE 68512
We are family owned and operated and have been in business for 20 years. The staff at Husker Automotive Inc would like you to know that we provide you safe, reliable service. We are committed to provide the service correctly the first time and if a problem should arise, we will stand behind our work. We hope that you feel that you can trust us with your family’s safety, your vehicle and any questions or concerns.
The Shop Inc
3200 N 33rd St
Lincoln, NE 68504
The Shop was founded in 2000 and based in Eagle, NE for 4 years. In 2004 The Shop Inc was Incorporated and moved to 3200 N. 33rd in Lincoln NE. The Shop Inc is a complete automotive repair shop with ASE master certified technicians with over 20 years experience. We can diagnose and repair anything on your vehicle.
Graham Tire Co
1918 O St
Lincoln, NE 68510
Welcome to Graham Tire, your one stop shop for all your tire and auto service needs. Graham Tire began its business in 1951 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when W.P. (Bill) Graham opened his first store. The original stores only stocked tires by Fisk and Gillette. Eventually in 1952, Graham Tire, expanded to a second Sioux Falls location followed by another location in Spencer, Iowa in 1960. Now Graham Tire has 18 different locations in South Dakota and Nebraska including a retread plant and a Mighty Auto Parts wholesale distributorship. Graham Tire employs over 250 quality individuals.
George Witt Service, Inc.
3341 N 35th St
Lincoln, NE 68504
George Witt Service is the foremost import auto repair and maintenance service center in Lincoln, NE. We specialize in Honda, Toyota, Acura, Lexus and Scion vehicles. We are family owned and committed to providing our customers with a professional experience that makes auto repair easy and enjoyable.
Lamb’s Automotive Repair with Care-Lincoln, NE 68521
3320 N 20th St Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68521
We’re committed to providing you with the highest level of service, so you’ll always choose us for your maintenance and repair needs. For most people, auto maintenance and repair is not fun or convenient. So, we want make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible for you. We genuinely care about your car and your experience, and it shows
Century Automotive Repair & Towing
3219 S 10th St
Lincoln, NE 68502
Century Automotive and Towing is at the forefront of providing environmentally friendly conversion options for Lincoln automobile owners. If you are looking for independence from oil companies or wanting to increase the fuel efficiency of your fleet, there are options for you.
H & H Service Advantage
3300 N 20th St
Lincoln, NE 68521
We believe that you “brush the teeth that you want to keep” and “a little love goes a long ways”. Whether family or fleet, each conversation is laser-focused on what you want and need from your car, SUV or truck. At H & H Service Advantage Auto Repair, our ASE certified advisors and technicians are relentless in combining their knowledge and skill in pursuit of Happy and Healthy Vehicles.
1801 Cornhusker Hwy
Lincoln, NE 68521
Certified Transmission welcomes you to our website’s page with information about our transmission shop in Lincoln located on 1801 Cornhusker Hwy.. Our Lincoln location is managed by Brad Varn. Brad and the rest of the staff & transmission technicians at this shop are dedicated to making sure every customer that brings their vehicle for transmission service gets “The Job Done
Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas
Nebraska State Licensing Requirements
Nebraska does not require transmission shops in Lincoln, NE to qualify for a state license, so there is no state standard for competency among transmission repair services. They require only a registration, for which there is no inspection or testing of ability in transmission repair.
Likewise, Nebraska has no legal requirement that services for transmission repair in Lincoln, NE first show proof of liability insurance to reimburse you in the event of any damages that might occur during servicing.