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|
|4L60E / 4L65E||2100|
|4T45E / 4T40E||1935|
|5L40E (Exc. BMW)||2453|
|6T40 / 6T45||2432|
|6T75E / 6T70||2432|
|6L80 / 6L90||2559|
|4R100 / E4OD||2226|
|AX4N / AX4S||2037|
|FNR5 / AWTF-80||2148|
|6F50 / 6F35||2480|
|W5A580 / NAG1||2589|
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
Martell’s Automotive Service
4836 Stratos Way
Modesto, CA 95356
Performance Transmissions and Automotive
1349 Mitchell Rd
Modesto, CA 95351
Our technicians handle a wide range of transmission repairs and maintenance: everything from fluid changes to complete transmission replacement. At Performance Transmissions and Auto Repair, no problem is too big or too small. We take pride in our Transmission Repair in Modesto Ca.
Swann’s Automotive Repair
100 La Loma Ave
Modesto, CA 95354
Cecil Swann was born the son of an Alabama sharecropper. With little hope of escaping the poverty of the Depression era Deep South,he quite literally fought his way to California in his early teen years. Having made a name for himself as a local bare-knuckle “barn fighter”, he was noticed by a visiting friend of a local boxing trainer who encouraged him to come to Modesto, where he quickly became a successful amateur and eventually a professional prize fighter.
J & W Automotive
1328 N 9th St # B
Modesto, CA 95350
The owners and maintenance experts of J & W Automotive have beenhonored to serve Modesto for the past 12 years. While we focus on AutoRepair, Engine Repair, Transmission Repair, Brake Repair and Window TintingService, we also provide a long range of other auto repair services listed onour services page. Our auto repair experts have built our reputation by providingconsistently superior service here in Modesto.
1616 Oakdale Rd
Modesto, CA 95355
Come visit Europa Motors in Modesto! We are proud to specialize inAuto Repair. As the premier auto repair shop in Modesto, we have 2 highly-trained ASE Master Automotive Technicians that take great pride in supplying: Engine Repair, Brake Repair, Transmission Repair, and Auto Electrical Service. Each of our reliable specialists undergo extensive automotive repair training to meet all your auto repair needs.
418 Kiernan Ave # B
Modesto, CA 95356
Modesto Transmission is family owned and operated. Our experience and years of exclusive work on transmissions assure our customers of a top quality job. When you have your transmission rebuilt, you’re buying a service, not just parts for your vehicle. That’s why it’s so important to do business with a reputable, knowledgeable transmission shop.
1311 Mitchell Rd
Modesto, CA 95351
Interstate, MacArthur & Escalon Transmissions provides quality & affordable automotive repair service throughout the Central Valley. Kevin & Ron understand that everything they do in their repair facility is aimed at establishing a trust based relationship with their customers that will last a lifetime.
Clutch & Transmission Technicians Inc.
3424 Oakdale Rd #1
Modesto, CA 95355
When you notice that you are having issues with your transmission or clutch, it is very important to have it checked as soon as possible. We’ve found that many times a simple transmission service, clutch adjustment or sensor replacement can solve your transmission shifting problems, and avoid more costly repairs.
1529 9th St
Modesto, CA 95354
Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas
- Chula Vista
- Elk Grove
- Garden Grove
- Huntington Beach
- Long Beach
- Los Angeles County
- Moreno Valley
- Rancho Cucamonga
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- Santa Ana
- Santa Clara
- Santa Rosa
California State Licensing Requirements
California does not require transmission shops in Modesto, CA 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, California has no legal requirement that services for transmission repair in Modesto, CA first show proof of liability insurance to reimburse you in the event of any damages that might occur during servicing.