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
JC Auto Mechanics, LLC
865 Franklin Ave
Newark, NJ 07107
JC’s Auto Repair LLC and its employees, will provide our customers with the highest grade of service, and quality of repairs to insure the safety, dependability and value of your vehicle to you and your family. Maintenance of your vehicle is necessary to retain its value, safety and dependability. We will never suggest a service to your vehicle which is deemed unnecessary. We take you and your family’s safety seriously as if it were our own. Thank you for entrusting in us all your automotive repair and service needs. We work on Foreign and Domestic vehicles.
Wakeman Auto Repair
119 Verona Ave
Newark, NJ 07104
Wakeman Auto Repair: We maintain your vehicle running at the highest level by employing the latest technology to ensure accurate diagnostics and repairs.
Private Inspection Facility (PIF) authorized by the NJ MVC
ECP Auto Service
794 Raymond Blvd
Newark, NJ 07105
We’re finally updating this website! I know it took forever. We’ve been very busy lately at ECP Auto and I am trying to make some time to make our website and our Facebook page a bigger part of our business.
L & S Automotive Inc
181 Ridge St
Newark, NJ 07104
Meineke Car Care Center
655 McCarter Hwy
Newark, NJ 07102
Meineke has put together an entire package of repair and preventative maintenance services, specializing in quick, timely repairs to minimize down time.
Trans American Truck Parts
914 Spring St
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
With over 40 years of experience in the heavy duty truck parts and repair industry we are very proud of our company and what we have accomplished due to our valued customers. We look forward to continued growth as we achieve our goal of TOTAL customer satisfaction.
Ramos Auto Repair
232 S Jefferson St
City of Orange, NJ 07050
Come visit Ramos Auto Repair in Orange! We are proud to specialize in Auto Repair. Our certified automotive technicians take great pride in supplying: Engine Repair, Transmission Repair, Brake Repair, and Auto Electrical Service, in addition to a long range of other auto repair services listed on our services page.
Flag Day Transmissions
318 Broad St
Newark, NJ 07104
Titos Transmission Center and General Repair
950 Frelinghuysen Ave
Newark, NJ 07114
Tito’s Transmission Center is located on 950 Frelinghuysen Avenue (Route 27) in Newark, NJ 07114. Tito has been proudly serving the North Jersey community for over 15 years! The Auto Repair Shop is fully insured and certified by the State of NJ. All Auto Technicians are certified and experienced to maintain and care for your vehicle.
Wholesale Transmissions and Auto Repair
668 King Georges Post Rd
Fords, NJ 08863
Wholesale Transmissions & Auto Repair serves the automotive repair, tire, and wheel needs of customers in Fords, Edison, and Metuchen, NJ, as well as surrounding areas. Much of our work is on transmissions, but we also provide tire services, general automotive repairs, and preventive maintenance.
Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas
New Jersey State Licensing Requirements
New Jersey does not require transmission shops in Newark, NJ 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, New Jersey has no legal requirement that services for transmission repair in Newark, NJ first show proof of liability insurance to reimburse you in the event of any damages that might occur during servicing.