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When your engine or transmission goes bad, you don’t have a choice but to get it fixed as soon as possible. It can be stressful dealing with problems of this severity since the repairs are typically costly. You have a couple of different options to consider. One will be cheaper upfront but likely cost more in the long run. The other will cost a little more now, but you most likely will not have any issues for a long time. Here’s what you need to know about rebuilding vs. remanufacturing vehicle engines and transmissions.

Why Transmission Rebuilding Shops Aren’t Always Ideal

The first thing people usually think of when their transmission goes bad is to find a transmission shop to rebuild it. The problem with most transmission shops is they will only fix the failed components within the transmission. Many times these types of issues are pattern failures, though, which means once the transmission is rebuilt, chances are the problem will happen again in the future.

Remanufacturing Can Save Money And Headache In The Long-Term

The ideal way to fix a transmission issue is to work with an auto repair shop, like DeBoer’s Auto, that partners with a high-quality remanufacture facility. The difference with this type of shop is that they only rebuild and remanufacture transmissions all day, every day. They go through the entire transmission and rebuild it from front to back. Any weak points with high failure rates are beefed up to overcome the inadequacies of the vehicle as well. The remanufacturing process leaves no stone unturned and you will truly be getting a new transmission.

Always Consider The Warranty When Dealing With Your Transmission

Do you need to fix your engine or transmission?One of the biggest differences between rebuilding vs. remanufacturing is the warranties offered. At DeBoer’s Auto, you will typically have a 36-month or 100,000-mile warranty on remanufactured transmissions. Compare this to transmission shops that do rebuilds, which typically only have 12-month warranties. The problem is the cost savings between the two are minimal when you look at them closely. 

If you can see yourself staying in your current vehicle for three years or longer, then it’s well worth the investment of spending a little more and going the remanufactured route. What often happens with rebuilds is the replacement parts fail just outside of the 12-month warranty, which means you’re on the hook for paying for the same repair again.

DeBoer’s Auto is here to help you make the right decision for your vehicle. There are always many things to consider with vehicle repairs, so contact us if you have any questions and we will help you cover all bases thoroughly.


Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.