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
Forest Hills Automotive
7993 Forest Hills Rd
Loves Park, IL 61111
Forest Hills Automotive, Inc., in Loves Park, IL, is your premium auto repair shop for more than 15 years. We offer services in engine repair, transmission repair, alignments and more. We feature Ac Delco and Jasper engine parts! Give us a call today for more information!
A1 Joe’s Transmissions
311 S Winnebago St
Rockford, IL 61102
At A1 Joe’s Transmissions, we know that your vehicle is a very important aspect of your life and if it breaks down, you need it fixed fast and affordability. We work hard to get you back on the road as soon as possible by offering full transmission services at reasonable prices. Our job isn’t complete until you are 100% satisfied. No task is too big or too small. Our highly-skilled professionals have been hand-picked from among the best in the area and are trained to provide you with the solutions you need as well as the quality you deserve.
B & C’s Transmissions
7881 Burden Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115
The top priority of our seasoned team of mechanics is to provide every customer a high standard of excellence at very reasonable prices. We have accumulated over 90 years of combined experience completing the repair on transmissions for domestic and import cars, trucks, and buses. We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostics to ensure complete successful rebuilds on site.
Dave Foltz Daughter & Sons
5818 N 2nd St
Loves Park, IL 61111
Your vehicle will get the maintenance and repairs it needs when you bring it to us. Our master mechanics will inspect every inch of your foreign or domestic vehicle. Our quality work will keep you safe and keep your car out on the road for years to come. You can rest assured you’re getting the best possible care for your vehicle at Dave Foltz Transmissions.
Carpenter’s Auto & Transmission
2201 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Carpenter’s Auto and Transmission Repair in Rockford, IL, is a certified NAPA auto care center with ASE-Certified auto technicians. Our staff keeps current with recent advances in auto repair and will service your vehicle with quality workmanship.
Gottman’s Automotive Service
5105 American Rd
Rockford, IL 61109
If you’re searching for an auto repair shop where the mechanics know what they are doing, then look no further than Gottman’s Automotive Service. We know that choosing a business to take your vehicle to in Rockford, IL, is a difficult choice, but we’re confident that we can come through for virtually all of your automotive needs.
Marks Auto Service
2429 S Alpine Rd
Rockford, IL 61108
For a high-performing vehicle, trust Mark’s Auto Service with your car, truck, or van. To learn more about the Rockford auto repair services we offer, please contact us by phone or send us an email. We also invite you to learn more about our dedication to you, our valued customer.
Rockford, IL 61108
Foltz Transmission Service
2135 N Central Ave
Rockford, IL 61101
When your company’s fleet of cars, trucks, or vans needs premium transmission maintenance or repair services, call us for fast and affordable service.
Tuffy Auto Services Center
6574 E Riverside Blvd
Loves Park, IL 61111
Tuffy Rockford has established itself as a pillar within the Rockford, IL, community thanks to our unrelenting passion for auto repair done right. Our hard-working team of certified technicians is the best in the business, and nothing pleases them more than seeing yet another satisfied customer walk through the door.
Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas
Illinois State Licensing Requirements
Illinois does not require transmission shops in Rockford, IL 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, Illinois has no legal requirement that services for transmission repair in Rockford, IL first show proof of liability insurance to reimburse you in the event of any damages that might occur during servicing.