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
Auto Check Complete Car care
12107 Louetta Rd
Houston, TX 77070
Transmission Wholesalers, Houston’s premiere transmission repair shop, offers a complete range of repair options for automatic and standard transmissions.
My Transmission Experts
11729 Jones Rd
Houston, TX 77070
We are proud to be your local transmission repair shop (With locations in Katy & Houston, TX)! My Transmission Experts has been in business as an auto repair shop for over 25 years. Our highly trained mechanics and auto repair technicians utilize the most cutting-edge diagnostic equipment to ensure quality service.
C.A.R.S. Complete Auto Repair Services
6135 Fm 2920 Rd
Spring, TX 77379
Services: Exhaust System and Emissions, Fuel System, Transmission, Steering & Suspension
We want to help the general community, friends and family members, not to be taken advantage of with costly auto repair. Yes auto repair is expensive and we all need our vehicles, so let us help you SAVE MONEY!
5806 Paloma Dr
Spring, TX 77389
McKay’s Automotive was built on the foundation of honesty and integrity. That tradition continues today by employing the elite in the automotive field.
22818 Commercial Ln
Tomball, TX 77375
Services: Transmission repair, Brake service, Transmission replacement, Engine rebuilding service
Family Auto and Transmission Service
33103 Glenda Dr
Magnolia, TX 77354
Family Auto & Transmission Service is a Magnolia, TX Transmission repair shop who treat you like family. We have over 30 years serving Montgomery County and the surrounding areas. We answer our phones 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call us if you need help.
24419 Hufsmith – Kohrville Rd
Tomball, TX 77375
Certified Transmissions is a Tomball, TX Auto-Body company that promises to impress you. We value your time and therefore provide sound estimates. Give us a call.
My Transmission Repair Shop
4305 Spring Cypress Rd
Spring, TX 77388
My Transmission Repair Shop serves the greater Houston area with a combined 50 years of experience in the repair of automatic transmissions. We are also experts in the service and repair of transfer cases, differentials, axles and clutches.
Green & White Automotive
1020 Spring Cypress Rd
Spring, TX 77373
Services: Tune Ups and Maintenance, Check Engine Light, Wheel Alignment, Engine Repair
Green & White Automotive is a family owned business delivering honest and professional automotive repair and maintenance services to the people of Spring, Tomball, Houston, The Woodlands, Conroe, and surrounding areas.
Vic’s Precision Automotive
The Woodlands, TX 77385
Services: Handle engine problems, exhausts and mufflers, shocks and struts
Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas
- Cedar Park
- Corpus Christi
- Dallas County
- El Paso
- Fort Worth
- Grand Prairie
- Round Rock
- San Antonio
- Sugar Land
Texas State Licensing Requirements
Texas does not require transmission shops in Woodlands, TX 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, Texas has no legal requirement that services for transmission repair in Woodlands, TX first show proof of liability insurance to reimburse you in the event of any damages that might occur during servicing.