Most people have no idea how to handle their transmission problems and end up paying a lot more than they have to.
The best reason to buy a new transmission is:
The warranty period is twice as long and you know the transmission is good. You also know the people working on it are qualified, especially if you take it to your dealer.
The worst reason to buy new is:
The price. You’ll pay double for it and there’s no promise you won’t wait a couple weeks for them to get it back to you. You also can’t be sure they won’t go ahead and ‘fix’ anything else they see fit and just hand you the bill after the work is done.
(How do you know if you really need to buy a new one and nothing else will work? Talk to a mechanic you can trust. Yes, they do exist. Have him evaluate the strength of your vehicle. Not all cars are strong enough to sustain different parts for long, especially something as powerful and complicated as a transmission. If he say okay, then a used or rebuilt one will work in almost any situation.
For a 2000 Crown Victoria, the price is over $1500.00 for a new transmission. Labor averages about $300.00.
A Used Transmission.
The best reason to buy used is to save money and time. It can be ordered ahead of and be there waiting and that gets you back on the road quicker.
The worst reason to buy used is that you’re taking a big chance. It’s hard to tell the true mileage on a used transmission and the warranty period is usually only 30 days.
For a 2000 crown Victoria, a used transmission is $900.00. That’s buy itself and doesn’t include labor of any kind. Labor would run about 300.00
A rebuilt transmission.
The best reason for going with a rebuilt tranny is the warranty, new parts, like blocks, gears, heads, adapting parts, and price. The warranty is usually a year.
The worst reason is that a rebuilt unit is only as good as the re-builder. if your mechanic isn’t a specialist, you won’t have much luck.
Price for a 2000 ford crown Victoria, $1300.00. Labor would be 300.00.
So, the used transmission seems like the deal, but the rebuilt is the better buy because of the warranty. If your mechanic screws it up, he has to redo it at his expense. Automotive Solution’s owner, Dave Bryan, has been doing them for 30 years. Thanks to him for the info and good luck! He and his wife just opened their first online business, called My One Stop Cab Shop.