The transmission of your car is an important component. It is responsible for shifting gears. You can have either an automatic or manual transmission, but it is essential to the smooth operation of your car. It requires regular maintenance and an infusion of transmission fluid. Sometimes, however, it is not necessary to replace the entire part. Many drivers aren’t sure if they should spend too much on a new transmission, or if they could get by with an old one. Although buying a used transmission may seem like a common decision, you need to consider whether it is right for you.
There are pros and cons to buying used
A lot of people purchase a used car because they can save money and know that it will be just as good as new. You can expect the same benefits if you buy a used transmission. It is more affordable to buy used transmissions than new ones. This is a significant factor. You can often save hundreds of dollars in many cases. Many transmissions that are used are technically remanufactured. This means they have new parts and updated. A transmission could be almost identical to a brand new one.
There are many cons to purchasing a used transmission. First, you won’t get a long warranty, if any. Sometimes, the warranty is only valid for 12 months. This may not provide enough coverage to address any issues that might arise. If a transmission is left inactive for a long time, especially when it is exposed to extreme temperatures like those in Phoenix, the seals and clutches inside can dry out, crack and eventually rot. You don’t know if the vehicle has been properly maintained or tested before you purchase it used. Vehicle recycling centers don’t inspect used transmissions before they sell. You can be sure that your new transmission has passed all of the most recent testing procedures when you buy it.
How to tell if your transmission is on its last legs
You need to be aware of warning signs that your transmission is about to fail, regardless if it’s a new or old one. Transmission leakage is most likely if fluid seeps from the vehicle or there is a puddle when you drive. You may also notice a delayed engagement. It is possible that your vehicle may not shift smoothly from “P” into “D”.
Reason to Act Immediately
You should replace your transmission as soon as you see the warning signs. It is dangerous to drive if the transmission slips frequently. The transmission can slip between gears while you drive. This can cause additional damage to your transmission and put you, as well as other drivers, in danger. It is a good idea even if you don’t know what the problem is to have your vehicle inspected by a professional.
There are many reasons to buy new
You should consider the long-term benefits of purchasing a transmission when making a purchase. Although you might save a few hundred bucks upfront, there’s a greater chance that the transmission will fail prematurely. A new transmission will typically last up to 100,000 miles. Most drivers will expect it to last seven years. The transmission might only last for about 50,000 miles if you buy it used. You will spend more money if you need to purchase another transmission soon after purchasing the first one.
You should also ensure that you only purchase your new transmission from a trusted source. You should always allow professionals to install your new transmission, no matter how handy or inexperienced you might be around cars. Sun Devil Auto can help you if your transmission is acting up.
Although it is tempting to consider buying a used car, or just one part of a used vehicle, you should weigh all the benefits and drawbacks. Sun Devil Auto will ensure that the parts you receive are of the best quality. We can either rebuild or replace your transmission. We’ll do whatever it takes to give you the peace of mind that you need.