What Are the Pros and Cons of Factory-Rebuilt Transmissions?


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A major advantage of factory-rebuilt transmission is cost, since remanufactured transmissions can cost far less than buying new transmissions. Inversely, a major disadvantage to consider when buying a rebuilt transmission is that the warranty on the transmission is often shorter than the warranty on a new transmission.

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What Are the Pros and Cons of Factory-Rebuilt Transmissions?
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When buying a remanufactured transmission, the parts used to rebuild the transmission are new, which means that the transmission gets an update with all the latest-generation fittings and parts. By contrast, although a new transmission is brand new, that does not necessarily mean it has the latest and most advanced parts available.

Although the warranties offers on remanufactured transmissions are usually less expansive than warranties for new ones, most companies selling rebuilt transmissions typically offer some type of warranty. Usually the warranty covers 12,000 miles of use or 12 months. Weighing the savings costs of buying a rebuilt transmission over the possibility of paying out of pocket for repairs after the warranty ends is a big consideration when consumers choose between new and rebuilt options.

Another disadvantage of a rebuilt transmission is that it is hard to determine if the rebuilder properly tested the transmission. If the transmission fails after the warranty period is up or if there is no warranty, the buyer has little recourse for recouping the cost of the rebuilt transmission.

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