Just like anything else, cars don’t last forever. As your car ages, it begins to need more frequent repairs and depending on the make, model, and year of your car, you might be spending a lot of time at auto salvage yards looking for the car parts that you need. Two parts you absolutely don’t want to deal with repairing/replacing is your engine and transmission, especially with the high cost associated with them. If for some reason you do have to replace yours, always give a used transmission a try first.
Here are 5 factors to consider when purchasing a used transmission from a salvage yard:
1. Check for Leaks
One of the biggest concerns with a transmission is whether or not it is leaking. Before you make your purchase, check to make sure there are no leaks in the transmission. If you don’t see any, check the transmission fluid levels, add some more and see if any drips out.
2. Look at the Body of the Car
Look over the body of the vehicle that the transmission is coming from. Do you notice any signs of damage or excessive bodywork? This is a sign that the car was involved in a collision and the transmission could potentially be damaged. If you noticed minor bodywork was done, this won’t be an issue!
3. Bring a Mechanic with You
If you know a mechanic that is willing to go with you to the salvage yard, this will help ensure that you are purchasing a solid transmission. This will make for a smooth, easy process.
4. Check the Warranty
Depending on the salvage yard you go to, they will most likely have a warranty in place. Finding this out will inform you if parts and labor are included. Have this written down so there are no questions in the future.
5. Ask About the History
Not all sellers will have any history about the transmission you are purchasing, but some will so it’s always worth it to ask. If they do have some history, you’ll be able to check out the risk factors before purchasing the new-to-you transmission. You can also run a vehicle history report on CarFax to get more information about the vehicle itself and the transmission/engine.
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