The auto repair industry, like any other, has its own unique set of challenges and stressors, and in order to keep your shop operating year round, you might be wary of any time spent "unproductively." Especially when your work is keeps you busy with its fast pace in a constantly changing industry, owners and techs alike are at a high risk of feeling overworked, frustrated, and burnt out.
While several options are available to replace a broken transmission, they each come with their own set of pros and cons. Purchasing a used transmission is no different in this respect. Used transmissions are defined as complete units salvaged from a donor car, often a wrecker that still has working parts. We're writing today to address why you might be tempted to purchase a used transmission instead of installing a new, rebuilt, or remanufactured one, as well as the risks of used transmissions that might cause you to reconsider that option.
As most of us in the automotive aftermarket and service industries know, OE manufacturers don't always get things right the first time. But when subsequent attempts to improve a product or part continue to fail, where can you turn for a better solution?
Automatic start-stop technology is one of the ways automakers are hoping to make cars more fuel efficient. This, in turn, will help to meet both consumer demand and increasingly stringent government CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. And it's coming to every single future car manufactured, whether you're ready or not. So you may as well buckle up and prepare yourself properly so you're ready. This starts with fully understanding the basics of start-stop transmission technology, so we've compiled a quick guide to start-stop technology for you. (For information on more emerging transmission technology, see our blog post on the advancements just over the horizon.)
With the right care, any well-made transmission can last for years inside a vehicle. The same goes for the transmissions you rebuild in your shop. All that work of pulling a transmission out of a vehicle, replacing the old or worn parts, and reinstalling into the original vehicle can provide incredible value to your customers. And just because a transmission has broken down in the past, that doesn't mean your shop can't provide long-term results with your rebuilds.