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This question I hear more from my customers than any other. I think my customers think it's cheaper in the long term or more logical to buy another car than to fix their broken transmission. It is a valid question. Let's break it down:

My question back is usually, “are you going to buy a new one or used?” This question is more important than any other. Most of the time, my customers say “used”. The problem with a used car, you don't know what you're going to get. Driving your car daily, you probably know everything that's wrong with it, more than you would your house or apartment. We spend a lot of time in our cars. Traffic, shopping and going to work, of course. We know every little detail about them. Some people can remember which exact button on their dash feels a little funny.

The biggest issue I have with buying someone else's car you don't know if it's any better or worse than your original car until it's too late. Sometimes people get stuck with lemons or get a car that drove perfect for six months and breaks down all of sudden. Now it will cost more, because it's a later model car. You had a five speed in your old car and now you have a six speed with a computer inside the transmission. My thoughts are to always do your research due diligence and always buy an extended warranty when you can.

Then of course, I have a few who say “I will buy a brand new one”. Then days later, only to come back to me with sticker shock. New cars are getting more and more expensive. More electronics and computers for better fuel economy. Sometimes it's worth fixing that old car and getting at least another few years or out of it. Everyone's situation is different, of course. Only you will know what's best for you. These are just a few examples from my daily experiences when deciding to purchase a rebuilt transmission. You must do what's best for you, in your current situation.

Best Regards,

Gino Bozzi
Trans-O-Matic of Chicago