Sometimes your car breaks down and you think there is no way to get it back on the road. However you would be surprised to find out that most ELVs (End of Life Vehicles) that insurance companies would classify as salvage can be brought back on the road if you follow our professional advice in this blog post.
Yes, it sounds crazy but replacing the transmission or engine in your vehicle with a used one might be less costly than repairing it, even when you take into account the cost of having a mechanic install it for you.
The most difficult part of the process is finding a good used transmission or engine from a trustworthy place. This is where most people fail and the reason why so many people give up their cars to the insurance company. Because they are scared they are going to buy a transmission or engine that does not work properly or with more miles than advertised.
Most guides recommend that you buy local from a salvage yard but that is usually inconvenient. You would need tools, need to know how to remove the transmission yourself and spend the whole day removing it; plus have the means to transport a big and heavy component. This is not realistic for most people. That is why we recommend that you buy used parts, especially used transmissions and engines online, but only from the right place.
This guide will help you learn how and where to buy a quality used transmission online. If you are looking for tips to find used engines online for sale check out our blog post Where To Find Used Engines For Sale Online And Not Get Scammed.
Before you start looking for a used transmission for sale online you should keep in mind that:
Finding a used transmission for sale online is not difficult, however it does require patience and lots of research if you do not want to get scammed.
The first thing that you need to start your search with is pieces of information about your vehicle so you don’t end up buying the wrong part. Information you would need includes:
If you have no idea where to start looking for that information here is a pro tip:
Use this free VIN number decoder to find out all the information you need about your car. All you need to do is input your vehicle’s VIN number, this is a 16-digit code unique to a vehicle. This number is usually located on the driver side corner of the windshield or the side pillar of the car that you can see when you open the driver’s door.
Buying a used transmission online is like buying any other product online. It’s convenient, and it saves you time and money unlike buying from a junkyard which will only save you money if you get lucky.
If you learn how to spot fake postings you’ll avoid getting scammed:
If you follow this advice you will not only avoid being scammed but will save money because most of these websites we described are middlemen that make a profit by buying from the source and selling the parts to the end user.
The biggest risk when purchasing from third party sellers is that these might not offer a good warranty and lack customer service. You could be stuck with transmission that costs you hundreds of dollars that does not work and they won’t send you another one. This is also the reason we advise not to buy a used transmission from a peer to peer site like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace on the simple basis that you won’t have a warranty at all.
Most guides will tell you to avoid buying online for the reasons we discussed earlier. It all comes down to trust.
That is why we recommend you get a used transmission straight from the source. But you might be asking “how do I know if a used transmission dealer is reputable or not?” The answer lies in these three simple points:
Note: Trust always comes first, make sure the company you are purchasing from is accredited by national associations. If the company is accredited by automotive recyclers association most likely it handles the removal of the parts and is the source of the parts!
As we recommend in this guide the best thing you can do to save money when buying a used transmission online is getting it straight from the source. However there are very few companies that handle all the aspects of selling used parts online like My Auto Store.
My Auto Store is the source of the parts for most of the East Coast. We handle everything from acquiring the vehicles and parting them out, to customer service and more!
Every part goes through a 4 step quality process. Therefore we are able to offer a 6-month warranty on all of our parts with a great and responsive customer service experience willing to help you at every step of the buying process.
Instead of going through a middle man, you can get the parts you need straight from the source at My Auto Store.