Best Transmission Shops in Tampa, FL

Transmission shops in Tampa, FL that have the Cost Guide Certified badge next to their shop’s listing have passed our certification requirements and our staff has confirmed that they provide quality transmission replacement services for fair prices in Tampa.

Updated: May 11, 2018

Engine & Transmission Center

(813) 466-0881

5128 W. Idlewild Ave
Tampa, FL 33634

Website: https://www.tampabaytransmission.com

Installs Remanufactured Transmissions? Yes
Installs Customer Supplied Parts? Yes
Charges Fair Labor Rates? Yes

 

 

Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas

Florida State Licensing Requirements

Transmission RepairThe state has no licensing requirements specifically for transmission shops. They are only required to register as a business – there is no standard of inspection, testing or competency that transmission services are required to pass.

As for insurance coverage, Florida does not require shops in Tampa to provide you with proof of coverage before they start repairs, so you’ll have to ask for this yourself if you’re worried that you might not be covered in the even that your vehicle is damaged.

Florida Motor Vehicle Repair Act

Since transmission repairs can run into the thousands of dollars, it helps to know your rights if your car needs this type of service. The Florida Motor Vehicle Repair Act provides several ways to handle overcharging. While the shop should follow the law, you should also know your rights to make sure you get the paperwork you made need to back up any claim.

Before Repairs: Get a Written Estimate

Under the law, the transmission shop must give you a written estimate for repairs over $100. They can make an exception if you decide to give them a specified amount, and they agree to notify you before spending more. You’ll be asked to sign a statement agreeing to the estimate or to the exception.

For clarity, the estimate should note whether the parts will be rebuilt, used or new. To make any of this legal, it must be dated and also signed by yourself and the shop manager. You should leave the shop with a formal copy of the estimate. At that point, the shop must get your permission for repairs that exceed the estimate by $10 or 10 percent.

Saying No: Reassembly Required

If they tell you a new amount that you can’t afford, you have an option. You can ask them to reassemble the transmission. Keep in mind that it will not be repaired. Furthermore, you may have to pay for the reassembly fee. It’s possible that you may get back any replaced parts, but the manufacturer’s warranty agreement may prohibit this.

After Repairs: Get an Invoice

After repairs, you should make sure to get a final written invoice. Simple information includes the date and the car’s odometer reading. Beyond that, the shop should provide a description of the work. They should itemize labor, parts and other merchandise costs. They should also note whether the parts are new, used or rebuilt. All guarantees should be included on that invoice. Finally, there should be a registration number from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services certificate. This identifies the transmission shop.

Estimate Excess: Legal Options

If the overage is more than 10 percent of the written estimate and you weren’t given a chance to reject repairs, you have some options under the law. Using a copy of the original estimate and the final invoice, consumers can file a bond for the final repair bill plus storage charges with the Clerk of Circuit Court. Be sure to file the request in the county where the shop is located. You can get a certificate directing the release of your vehicle.

For 60 days, the Clerk of Circuit Court retains the bond money as payment for the transmission repair. If a suit is filed, the Clerk may keep the bond money until the issue is settled. However, be aware that the Clerk could return the money, and you’d still face a suit later.

These laws aren’t foolproof, but it’s good to have legal options to counter unfair practices by repair shops.

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