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
Mac’s Auto Service
549 N Goldenrod Rd
Orlando, FL 32807
At Mac’s Auto Service we have the experience necessary to offer unparalleled service and expertise. Count on us for quality workmanship and excellent customer satisfaction—we are well known for our personal services! Our ASE-certified technicians are highly skilled and work one-on-one with you to meet your automotive needs every time.
Dave’s Auto Repair
2155 W Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
Dave’s Auto Systems is family owned and operated and we use the latest diagnostic equipment to guarantee your vehicle is serviced correctly while maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty. We only use quality replacement parts, and our technicians are ASE-certified. Call us at (407) 872-6050 to schedule an appointment!
Central Florida Certified Auto
7330 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32810
At Central Florida Certified Auto Repair, we are Central Florida’s leader in comprehensiveAuto, Truck, & SUV Repairs & Service Repairs. Our team of mechanical technicians are ASE Certified. That means we have the “know how” and expertise to repair and maintain your vehicle right, the first time and everytime.
Atlantic Auto World
2010 W Washington St
Orlando, FL 32805
Quality Automotive Repairs
3897 El Rey Rd
Orlando, FL 32808
Our certified technicians keep their skills current with training in the latest technology available for passenger cars, performance and light truck/SUVs. Complete under-car services, such as oil changes, brake repair, shocks, struts, wheel alignment, transmission repair and fluid flush for both foreign and domestic vehicles are readily available at competitive prices.
5901 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32807
Dynasty Auto has been providing top quality auto repair and maintenance services in Florida since 2002. We are family owned and operated, and love serving Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, and Altamonte with reliable car repairs that are done right the first time.
Quality Transmission & Total Car Care #2
578 Irene St
Orlando, FL 32805
Welcome to Quality Transmissions and total car care in Orlando a complete Auto Repair and maintenance Shop. For Expert workmanship in Transmission Repairs pick up the phone and give us a call NOW!! for a free diagnostic and estimate.Our highly trained technicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic and repair equipment to make sure each and every car we service is diagnosed correctly.
GS Transmissions Automotive Repair Orlando
1339 W Washington St
Orlando, FL 32805
GS Auto Center is a family owned, auto sales center and a full service auto shop with Mechanical Repairs, Body Shop, Painting, Detailing & Sales in Orlando, FL. GS Auto Center is a family owned business that was founded in 2005. We offer free towing and shuttle service when you have your repairs done here at our shop.
Advanced Automotive Works
1911 N Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32804
Advanced Automotive Works is a conveniently located full-service automotive auto repair and preventive maintenance center. We strive to provide the best parts and labor for your import or domestic car and trucks.
Ricky G’s Transmission Repair
112 Dover St
Orlando, FL 32811
Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas
- Brevard County
- Broward County
- Cape Coral
- Fern Park
- Ft. Lauderdale
- Miami-Dade County
- Pembroke Pines
- Pinellas County
- Port St. Lucie
- West Palm Beach
Florida State Licensing Requirements
In Florida, transmission shops are not required to have an official state license. They are only required to register with the FDACS (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), but this organization does not oversee the competency or set standards for these transmission repair shops.
Therefore, there’s no guarantee that any individual transmission shop in Orlando FL employs competent mechanics, is doing business ethically, delivering value, or satisfying customers. It ends up being up to the consumer to evaluate the transmission shop themselves.
Florida Motor Vehicle Repair Act
According to this statute, if a transmission repair is estimated to cost more than $100, the repair facility is required to have you choose from one of the following:
- A written estimate
- Notification from the technicians at the transmission shop that the repair exceeds a customer-specified amount
- Declining a written estimate
Whichever option you choose, it needs to be signed and dated on paper to indicate that you either received an estimate, chose not to receive one, or that you were notified that the repair is going to exceed a certain amount. This law protects the customer – these shops can not force you to waive your right to an estimate.
Every customer must be given a copy of a written estimate if one is required. It should state if the quote is for new, used, or rebuilt transmission parts.
Additional customer approval is required if the actual cost of the repair is predicted to exceed the estimate by more than $10 or 10% of the original estimate, whichever is greater. The customer has the right to cancel ongoing transmission repairs if they exceed the estimate, and the shop is required to reassemble the vehicle unless it would be unsafe to drive. The transmission shop will likely charge you for the reassembly process, but only if you are notified about that reassembly charge on the original estimate.
If you requested to receive old parts after the repair is complete, Florida law supports this request. The transmission shop may charge you a fee for this. Additionally, if the old parts you are requesting to keep are under warranty with the distributor or manufacturer, you may not be able to get those parts back.
When the repairs for your transmission are complete, the written invoice you receive must include the following details:
- Date(s) of Repair
- Odometer Reading
- Description of the completed work
- Hourly labor rate
- Cost of parts and other miscellaneous fees
- Condition of Replacement parts (new, used, rebuilt)
- Guarantee or warranty, if any.
- Transmission Shop’s Registration Number from their FDACS certificate
Amount Over Written Estimate
If the final repair costs exceeds the original estimate that you authorized by more than $10 or 10% of the total, whichever is greater, and the shop refuses to surrender your vehicle to you unless you pay it, here is a list of actions you can take:
- Using a copy of the bill, file a bond with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where the transmission shop is located. The bond amount should include the final repair bill plus any vehicle storage charges, if there are any.
- The transmission shop will receive an order from the clerk to direct them to release your vehicle to you. A member of law enforcement will help deliver the certificate if necessary, and you will get your vehicle back.
- After this, the transmission shop has 60 days to file a lawsuit to recover the bond as payment for your transmission repair. If they choose not to sue within this time frame, the clerk will return the bond money to you.