If you’ve been told by a mechanic that you need a new transmission, you’re probably wondering what goes into the cost of a transmission replacement. Getting your transmission replaced can be an expensive repair. According to Protect My Car, the cost of your transmission replacement will depend on the type of vehicle you have. A luxury or exotic car will cost $10,000 or more. A sedan will average around $2,800 and a truck will average $3,000. As you’re budgeting for this major car repair, it’s helpful to understand what factors contribute to the total transmission replacement cost.

The Parts

The biggest factor is the cost of the new transmission itself. A new transmission can easily cost $1,000 or more from the dealer or parts supplier. The specific transmission model and whether it’s remanufactured or brand new will affect the cost. Complex, heavy-duty, or high-performance transmissions will be more expensive. Your mechanic will source a replacement transmission compatible with your vehicle’s year, make, and model.

The Labor

In addition to parts, you’ll be charged for the labor time it takes to remove your old transmission and install the new one. Transmission replacement labor can range from $500 to $1,500 or more. The labor time depends on the make and model of your vehicle, whether the transmission is easily accessible, and how much disassembly is required to get to it. Complex jobs that take longer will have higher labor costs.

Fluids and Other Parts

The job isn’t over once the new transmission is installed. The mechanic will need to replace fluids including the transmission fluid, which can add $50 or more to the bill. If other related parts like filters, seals, and gaskets need to be replaced, those will also add to the total cost. Your mechanic may recommend replacing parts like the clutch if they’re worn.

It’s a good idea to get a written estimate upfront, so you know the full price for the transmission replacement. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about anything on the estimate you don’t understand. Knowing what goes into the total cost can help you budget and prepare for this major transmission work. With a new transmission, your vehicle will be ready to run smoothly for many more miles down the road. When you need transmission replacement, turn to Dusty’s Transmissions. Schedule an appointment today.