Your car’s transmission is one of the most complex components in your engine and is essential to its function. As a result, it can get pretty expensive when you’re having problems with your transmission and need to have it repaired. In order for you—and your wallet—to be fully prepared, you should know what problems with your transmission will cost you a lot more money.
It Needs to Be Completely Replaced or Rebuilt
The average cost of replacing a transmission ranges anywhere from $800 to $3500, depending on parts and labor. For comparison, a basic transmission repair might come in around $500 to $1500. Depending on the extent of the damage, you transmission might not be repairable, and will need to be entirely replaced. In order to save a little money, you might want to go with a used or salvaged transmission, which can be on the lower end of the replacement cost scale. The cost of a remanufactured transmission would fall at the opposite end as the most expensive option. If your mechanic can rebuild the transmission, the cost will fall somewhere in the middle, ranging from $1500 to $2500.
You Have An Older Car
Any collector of classic cars will tell you that it gets harder to find parts for cars the older they get. After a time, a manufacturer will not make or offer replacement parts for some of their vehicles. This doesn’t just apply to classic or rare cars, as you might not be able to find a part for a car that’s as recent as five years out of production. There are aftermarket parts available, they might not meet the exact requirements for your vehicle.
Your Car’s Make and Model
Trying to get replacement parts for certain cars can be a bit of a difficult task than it is for others. Parts for domestic and standard models tend to cost notably less than imported or high-end vehicles. Luxury car brands like BMW and Mercedes are going to have luxury prices for their parts, even for cheaper models. Keep in mind that replacement parts for imported vehicles need to be shipped, which will add to the cost and the repair time will also be much longer than a domestic car.
Your Warranty’s Status
If you have a newer vehicle, your warranty might still be valid. On average, a powertrain warranty covers your car for 100,000 miles or 10 years, whichever happens first. This can vary depending on the manufacturer, but the warranty will cover most of your engine’s components, including the transmission. Your warranty should cover repair costs, including labor and parts, in the case of a manufacturing defect or workmanship error.
Automatic vs. Manual
As popular as they are, cars with automatic transmissions are a bit more complex to repair or replace than their manual counterparts. As a result, manual transmissions are not only easier to replace or repair, they also cost a lot less.