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
High Tech Transmission
8267 Bandera Rd
San Antonio, TX 78250
Services: manual & automatic transmission repair, clutch replacement, differentials
Fleet Depot Transmission
823 SE Military Dr
San Antonio, TX 78214
Services: transmission rebuilders, transmission repair shop, new transmissions
All Right Transmission LLC
2466 Babcock Rd # 132
San Antonio, TX 78229
Services: transmission repair services, manual transmissions, automatic transmissions, clutches
West Ave Automotive & Transmission
12441 West Ave
San Antonio, TX 78216
Services: transmissions, custom transmission rebuilds, transfer case repair, clutch repair
1222 Babcock Rd
San Antonio, TX 78201
Services: transmission replacement, transmission repair, clutch repair, clutch replacement
Performance Auto & Transmission
9640 Marbach Rd
San Antonio, TX 78245
Services: continuously variable transmissions, dual-clutch transmissions, manual transmissions
A Plus Transmission & Auto
7747 W US Highway 90
San Antonio, TX 78227
Services: transmission repair shop, transmission filters,torque converters,transmission rebuild
1560 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78218
Services: new transmissions, transmission repair shop, dual-clutch transmissions
A Plus Transmission Specialist
11503 E Loop 1604 N
Universal City, TX 78148
Services: transmission shop, manual transmissions, automatic transmissions, clutch repair
Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas
- Cedar Park
- Corpus Christi
- Dallas County
- El Paso
- Fort Worth
- Grand Prairie
- Round Rock
- Sugar Land
- The Woodlands
Texas State Licensing Requirements
In Texas, there is no law requiring transmission shops to have a state license; hence there tends to be no standardized policy to check the competency and reliability of these shops.
In addition to that, there is no rule requiring shops in San Antonio urging to have liability insurance which can be used to make up for any damages or malpractices occurring during the servicing of your car.
Questions to Ask a Transmission Shop
- For how long have you been doing transmission repairs?
- How regularly do the transmission repair engineers operate on your type of car?
- Are they willing to give you information on their previous clients who you can call for reference purposes?
- Is there a fee charged for just the car inspection before proceeding with the work of transmission repair itself?
- Will there be a need to hoist your car up on a lift and dismantle some parts before they can point out the breakage and give you an estimated amount? And if that is the case, how much will they charge you for putting the parts back together if you change your mind on taking their transmission repair services. (This is a way through which cheap transmission service providers, or so they may seem at first, take advantage of you by requiring more money to reassemble the car than the original amount agreed upon for diagnosis if you forfeit their services.)
- If the transmission repair shop charges you for transmission remodeling, will they outline for you every single part replaced with its amount on the side? (It is another way through which the Tampa transmission repair services extort you in the name of having carried out a transmission rebuild yet it was just a minor correction.)
- Does the shop have an in-house garage where they run all their repairs or do they have to share the work with another shop, and if they do, are they willing to share with you their contact information to help you prove their credibility?
- Will they assure you of excellent services with a proof of liability insurance meant to cover any wrong doings when your car is in their tenure?
- What parts are used by the mechanics in question, are they Original Equipment Manufacture, OEM, or used and refurbished parts?
- Is there any effect of the transmission repairs of these shops on your warranty agreement with your car manufacturer?
- Will you be issued with a documented itemized quotation for the transmission repair?