It seems there is always confusion about the term used transmissions. This is because it could be applied to several different possibilities. It could include a rebuilt tranny, a remanufactured transmission or a transmission pulled as is out of another vehicle.
To help understand what is the best option in used transmissions, let’s take a closer look at what each term really means. To make things easier, we will only consider in-house repairs done by a professional, certified transmission shop and not your local mechanic.
A rebuilt transmission is your transmission, taken out of your vehicle and built again, and then replaced. With a rebuilt transmission, the entire transmission is thoroughly cleaned in-house, and then taken apart into all the various pieces and components.
Gaskets, seals, and wiring is usually replaced, and any worn parts are either machined or replaced. In addition, with a top transmission shop using certified ASE technicians, all factory upgrades for your transmission will be installed.
The unit will then be tested on a variety of computerized system and testing equipment, and then certified and put back into your vehicle with the transmission service companies warranty in place.
The remanufactured transmission basically goes through the same process as the rebuilt transmission, but it is done in a specialized facility that just handles tranny remanufacturing.
There will be a state of the art equipment here too, and all certified technicians working on the transmission. A remanufactured transmission, because it is done in as specialized setting and often with manufacturer specific professionals, often has the best warranty of all the used transmissions.
Wrecker Transmission or Private Sale
The option that is most risky for the buyer, and one we don’t recommend, is to find used transmissions online or through the newspaper and buy privately. Typically this will be from a wrecking service, and they will be sold as is. A few wreckers and part companies may do some basic tests, but there is rarely if ever any type of warranty or guarantee with this purchase.
You may also want to consider if you buy the wrong model of transmission, you are usually stuck with it. We rarely find a customer happy with this type of purchase.
The key to buying rebuilt or remanufactured “used transmissions” is to work with a reputable company. We have customers we have worked with for years, and we strive to provide top quality service and customer satisfaction, which makes our transmissions a very good option.