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
Arizona Lucky Star Complete Auto Repair
424 W Guadalupe Rd #101
Mesa, AZ 85210
We have state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in our full service facility! This includes equipment used to fix electrical problems, trouble lights, 4WD, timing belts, and a wide variety of other services.
Tri City Automotive Repair LLC
1900 N McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281
At Tri City Automotive Repair, we’re proud to be the family-owned and -operated, fully licensed and insured auto repair shop serving Tempe and the surrounding areas. Our success is evidenced by our BBB accreditation and our five-star Yelp rating.
I Work on Cars LLC
625 S Smith Rd #31
Tempe, AZ 85281
Many people find it difficult to function without a vehicle, and when your car is malfunctioning, you want to get it fixed as soon as possible. I Work on Cars is a locally owned and operated auto repair shop in Tempe, AZ, and we’ll do our best to fix your car so that it’s in working condition again.
1879 E 3rd St, Tempe
Phillips Transmissions excels in bringing up to date technology and information to the diagnosis and correction of all your transmissions’ troubles. We repair most American and foreign cars and light duty trucks; including Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Isuzu, Nissan and Volkswagen.
Elite Auto Repair
8139 S Priest Dr #108,
Tempe, AZ 85284
We can fix that! That’s more than a slogan, it’s what we do everyday. Our Tempe auto repair shop is conveniently located at 8139 S Priest Dr #108. Our quality ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified mechanics at Elite Auto Repair employ today’s latest automotive technology and are equipped to handle all major and minor auto repair services on foreign and domestic vehicles.
All Tune & Lube – Tempe
445 W Broadway Rd,
Tempe, AZ 85282
All Tune and Lube – Tempe provides quality repairs at great prices, and delivering outstanding service is our highest priority. Located just West of Mill on the South side of Broadway we have 6 service bays so we can get your car in fast. From basic oil changes to the most complicated engine repair and transmission work, we are your one stop total car care center.
Sun Devil Aut0
1824 E Elliot Rd,
Tempe, AZ 85284
When you need fast and reliable auto repair service in Tempe, come to Sun Devil Auto on the corner of McClintock and Elliot. Our full service auto repair shops are family-owned and operated, and have been since 1978. We have 20 Phoenix locations full of ASE certified technicians, who are ready to help service your vehicle!
American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission
2070 E Apache Blvd #101
Tempe, AZ 85281
Here at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission we take the time. To inform you about proper service intervals and repair techniques, ensuring your understanding and creating value for your vehicle’s needs. Since 1993 we have been servicing Auto Repair in Tempe and the surrounding areas. Eric and has staff has over 100 years of experience.
221 S McClintock Dr,
Tempe, AZ 85281
We service Tempe Arizona and all surrounding areas, including Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Chandler, and Gilbert. You can be assured that we will be here long after your repair is done to take care of any problems that may develop in the future. We are proud that ALL of our employees have been certified by the Automatic Transmission Rebuilder’s Association. Our membership in ATRA allows us to offer a nationwide warranty even though we are not a “chain” repair facility.
Tri-City Transmission – Auto Repair
2005 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281
We hear this daily. We find that most shops would rather replace a transmission than fix it. It’s not because they’re dishonest – they just don’t know how. At Tri-City Transmission, if we can fix your car without a costly overhaul or replacement, we will! For over 40 years, the people who come to Tri-City Transmission expecting the worst leave with good news and a bill significantly less than their car paymen
Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas
Arizona State Licensing Requirements
Arizona does not require transmission shops in Tempe, AZ 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, Arizona has no legal requirement that services for transmission repair in Tempe, AZ first show proof of liability insurance to reimburse you in the event of any damages that might occur during servicing.