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Posted by Judie Langford on May 30, 2014 in Autos

Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Rebuilt Transmissions

Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Rebuilt Transmissions

Rebuilt transmissions can save you some money, as they are much more affordable than purchasing a brand new one. At the same time, however, you must be aware of what you are getting into, as not all transmissions are rebuilt in a reliable manner. Before purchasing one of these transmissions, head to the shop where the unit was rebuilt and ask some questions, as this gives you the best chance of buying a transmission that will last you for years to come.

Do You Test It?

You might be surprised to learn that some mechanics do not test their transmissions after a rebuild. This puts much of the risk on your shoulders, as neither you nor the mechanic has any idea if the transmission actually works. If the mechanic does conduct some tests, ask how the rebuilt transmissions are tested and what procedures they follow for quality control. Ideally, the parts will be checked over by a third party before the sale has been completed, although this is not always possible. At the very least, they should offer a guarantee in case something happens to the unit right after you purchase it.

How Do You Make the Repairs?

Next, you should ask about the quality of the product by finding out what methods of repair the company uses. Since they are working on a transmission that has already failed, you should figure out what they use to rebuild it and why they are confident that it will hold up. You will want to make sure that the mechanic uses the best possible parts and has the proper tools to ensure that these parts are properly installed. Remember that even a small mistake can ruin the transmissions, so do not be afraid to ask a number of questions before buying anything.

Using This Information

As you ask these questions, you will develop a good idea of how the company conducts its business. If they are hesitant to answer your inquiries or if they take a long time to come up with a response, it should raise some red flags. Ideally, you will want to go with a company that has a great deal of experience in selling rebuilt transmissions and has a proven track records in your community, as this gives you the best chance of finding a reliable unit and installation service at a great price.

Trans Works Transmission rebuilds transmissions in-house and only uses the top parts on the market. To ask some transmission-related questions or to set up an appointment, stop by their website at can also find us on Facebook for transmission repair and services.