Transmission Rebuild Vs. New: Which One To Choose?

You depend on your vehicle to get you wherever you need to go. However, that vehicle depends on you for certain maintenance and repairs that need to be completed. If those repairs aren't performed, your vehicle could wind up breaking down on you and costing you far more than what it should have in the first place. In the event you are facing whether you want to have a rebuilt or new transmission put in your vehicle, here are a couple tips to help you make an informed decision.


One of the biggest things you need to consider when it comes to deciding between a rebuilt or a new transmission is the length of warranty you are going to get. With a new transmission, you typically get around one year's worth of coverage. Granted, if something goes wrong in that year, you are still going to be stuck paying for labor. The only thing the manufacturer typically covers is the component itself. A used transmission will often come with a warranty ranging from 90 days on up to one year. Rebuilt transmissions often give you a year or two warranty. With the re-manufactured transmission, you can expect to get a warranty extending to three years or 100,000 miles. However, the price is going to rise with each level. A used transmission might only cost you $1,000-1,500, while re-manufactured can cost as much as $3,500.


Rebuilt transmissions aren't going to include upgrades as part of the base package, but you can always ask the shop to put upgraded parts on the transmission for you. With a new transmission, what it comes with is what you are going to get. By swapping out parts in the rebuilt transmission, you can increase the lifespan and overall durability of the component. Add in additional oiling holes, modify the valve body and oil system and add in metal parts versus some of the cheaper plastic ones put on cars by the manufacturer. It's entirely up to you as to what you want to do to tweak your transmission and make it the best it can be.

While everyone is going to have their own personal preference as to whether a new transmission or a rebuilt one is going to be the best possible option, only you can make the final decision as to what one you want to go with. Depending on how much you can afford to spend, there might only be one option available to you. Make sure to discuss your transmission repair or replacement with a licensed transmission repair facility to ensure you know what it is that you are getting.

For professional transmission repair, contact a company like S & A Transmission.