Not necessarily, sometimes an electronic component can intermittently fail and cause a problem, but when you restart your vehicle again it can reset itself until the next time the problem occurs. When you talk to a repair facility ask them if they can scan and diagnose fault codes. This procedure is used to determine if the transmission just needs a minor repair or a complete rebuild.
Who do I take my car to? There are so many places.
Talk with others that have had transmission repairs performed. Word of mouth is the best endorsement or try your local dealership. If you must pick from the phone book call the BBB and get a consumer report.
When I called to get a price they told me there was no way of knowing what it would cost until they check it out. Is that true?
No. Although it is not possible to give an exact figure, most transmission repair facilities have built enough units just like yours to have a pretty good idea of the cost. Due to different sales techniques some repair facilities do not give prices over the phone.
I took my car to a place to have my transmission looked at because they were cheaper than other places I called. Now that they have my car they want me to authorize them to take the transmission out and get a better idea of the problem and cost even though they already gave me a price. Should I let them?
Be very careful here. Once you give them the OK to remove your transmission, you are obligated to pay for all labor hours, diagnostic time, and towing even, if you can’t afford their new higher quote and want to pick up the vehicle. It is always best when signing a repair order to make sure that this phrase is put on it. “Diagnose and call before removing or repairing transmission.” This could save you a lot of headaches later.
I took my truck to a transmission shop and they gave me a wide price range $1100.00 to $1900.00, but they think my price will be at the low end because it only has 78,000 miles on it. Is this wide range normal?
Be cautious of the wide price range and be ready for the higher end of the scale. Today’s transmissions are very expensive; they operate with the use of solenoids, sensors, and computers. If you have an overdrive transmission it is more likely than not to see $1900.00 on a final invoice. Be cautious of the very low price as well: remember, you get what you pay for. Approximately 90% of today’s transmission installations are over $1500.00.
Most transmission repair facilities are of good nature and honest, just because they give a price range or no price at all does not make them dishonest. It is up to you to do the research and gather as much information as possible to make the best decision you can, including a second opinion. It is always best to get any repair quote in writing. Remember, today’s transmissions are very complicated and take extensive knowledge to rebuild, this makes them very expensive. So if you get a quote that sounds too good to be true it possibly is.