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
Hiro Auto Service
1768 223rd St
Torrance, CA 90501
340 Van Ness Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
Our excellent team of highly trained, certified, and professional service advisers and technicians will work hard to get you back on the road as soon as possible. We are ASE certified and updated to provide you with the highest quality of service for Torrance Auto Repair.
ABM European Service and Repair
17129 Hawthorne Blvd
Lawndale, CA 90260
We specialize in Transmission, Service and Repair in all makes and models AUDI Service Repair, BMW Service Repair, MERCEDES BENZ Service Repair, MINI COOPER Service Repair, VOLKSWAGEN Service and Repair, LAND ROVER Service Repair, PORSCHE Service Repair, Automatic and Standard TRANSMISSION, Computer Diagnosis, Clutches, Tune-ups, Suspension, Auto Electrical Repair, Automotive Air Conditioning, Steering.
Classic Star Mercedes Inc
18905 Crenshaw Pl
Torrance, CA 90504
We take pride in what we do and will go the extra mile for you. We have the latest up to date equipment. Explore the specified maintenance schedules below for new and certified pre-owned models alike.
Southbay Euro Car
22400 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
At Southbay Euro Car our technicians are true professionals which take pride in taking care of your vehicle. We are not a shop where we are learning on your vehicle, but a shop in which our technicians know exactly what needs to be done and how to execute the job which saves you time and money!
Autobahn Collision Center
20655 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
At Autobahn Collision Center, we provide high-quality auto repairs and services. With our expert technicians and state-of-the-art equipment, there is no task too big. We have received the 2014 Super Service Award from Angie’s List for the best automotive shop in Torrance. Since 1995, we have satisfied our customers through honest and amicable services that they can trust. We strive to get your car in full recovery as soon as we can. Satisfaction is more than a goal, it is our motivator.
Japanese Auto Center
1846 Del Amo Blvd A
Torrance, CA 90501
Founded by the Schrier family in 1986, Japanese Auto Center has been a place for exceptional repair work, honesty, and personal service. We have been repairing the South Bay’s cars and trucks for 3 decades and have been a AAA repair shop since our beginning. Our staff is well trained and many have been with us over 10 years or more. It’s a wonderful alternative to the dealer for speed, lower prices and individual needs. Give our family a try, we’re sure you’ll like us.
Keith’s Automotive Service Center
1717 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90501
At Keith’s Automotive Service Center we believe in running our business in a total professional manner. We offer fast turn-around times with fair pricing. Honesty is imperative and critical to our success. Exceptional customer service is the foundation of our business. Trustworthy work done right the first time. We will provide clear and accurate estimates of repair to our customers. We will perform no repairs without customer authorization.
Performance Transmission & Auto Repair
18411 Hawthorne Blvd a
Torrance, CA 90504
The experienced staff at Performance Transmission & Auto Repair can repair, replace, or adjust the transmission for any make or model you drive.
Torrance Transmission Services
24009 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
Transmission Shops in Nearby Areas
- Chula Vista
- Elk Grove
- Garden Grove
- Huntington Beach
- Long Beach
- Los Angeles County
- Moreno Valley
- Rancho Cucamonga
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- Santa Ana
- Santa Clara
- Santa Rosa
California State Licensing Requirements
California does not require transmission shops in Torrance, CA 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, California has no legal requirement that services for transmission repair in Torrance, CA first show proof of liability insurance to reimburse you in the event of any damages that might occur during servicing.