How Much Does an AAMCO Transmission Rebuild Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

AAMCO, a transmission repair franchise, is said to be the leading transmission repair company in the United States with almost 900 repair shops around the country.

The franchise is considered one of the most reliable and knowledgeable transmission service companies as they have been in business for close to 50 years and pride themselves on high-quality transmission repair at affordable prices.

AAMCO Transmissions by Blue MauMau, on Flickr
AAMCO Transmissions” (CC BY 2.0) by  Blue MauMau

How much does it cost to rebuild a transmission at AAMCO?

The cost of an AAMCO transmission rebuild depends on the whether the transmission is automatic or manual and which location you take it to as each one is independently owned.  On average, the cost for a transmission rebuild at an AAMCO repair shop is between $2,800 and $3,800, according to customers who have used the franchise in the past.

We were able to find a few customers who did post their estimates online, and we included our findings inside our table below.  Use these as an estimate as your quote can greatly vary.

Geographical LocationPrice Paid
Atlanta, GA$2,800 for complete rebuild for unknown type of truck
Atlanta, GA$3,100 for GMC Acadia
Chicago, IL$3,500 for unknown car
Costa Mesa, CA$3,400 for unknown car
Danbury, CT$3,000 for unknown car
Denver, CO$2,800 for unknown company truck
Golden, C$2,400 for unknown Jeep brand
Minneapolis, MN$4,000 for the build plus miscellaneous repairs
Newark, NJ$3,200 for Expedition
Orlando, FL$3,000 for Windstar
Orlando, FL$2,500 for unknown car
Salt Lake City, UT$2,800 for Expedition
Seattle, WA$3,000 for Acura
Stockbridge, GA$2,100 for unknown car
Wilmington, NC$3,600 for unknown Toyota

For example, a visitor to this Yahoo! Answers thread claimed that he paid more than $2,100 10 years ago to have his Chevy Trailblazer transmission rebuilt.

On this forum thread, a forum member stated that he received a bill for $1,700 to have his transmission rebuilt at AAMCO.

Rebuilding a transmission at AAMCO

Before starting any rebuild, AAMCO will first want to perform an extensive multi-point inspection to diagnose your exact transmission problem.  In some cases, a minor repair may be required, not a full rebuild.  If a technician does decide your transmission needs to be rebuilt, then, according to the official website, he or she will rebuild the transmission using the original unit, rebuilding it with quality parts.  During the process, the entire transmission will be disassembled and will be rebuilt with quality parts.  The transmission will also be cleaned and all internal and external components will closely be inspected.  Any external adjustments will be made and all fluids will be topped off.

AAMCO offers an 18-month, 18,000-mile warranty on all automatic remanufactured or custom rebuilt transmissions, a 36-month, 50,000-mile warranty for automatic remanufactured or custom rebuilt transmissions, or a 36-month, 100,000-mile warranty for automatic remanufactured transmissions.

What are the extra costs?

A lot of customers reported paying upwards of $500 to $850 just for the initial diagnosis, also referred to as the evaluation fee.

Factor in the cost of towing the vehicle to the repair shop if this is required.  This won’t be included in the estimated mentioned prior.

If you need a car while your transmission is being repaired, you may have to rent a car for a couple days.  AAMCO can suggest a few places for you if you need one.

In some scenarios, you may need to pay for additional parts that will be required such as a new torque converter, reverse drum, band, shift kit, valve body, TC switch and/or governor.

If the vehicle is left in the repair shop longer than one day after the completion of work, you will be charged $45 per day for vehicle storage.

Tips to know

If your car is newer, see if it’s still under warranty by your manufacturer. If the warranty is still active, you may be able to have some of the repairs covered; however, the work will have to be done at a local authorized dealership, not a franchise-based center.

Since these shops are franchised owned, make sure that you research your local shop to see what kind of reputation they have.

How can I save money?

Transmission issues are often quite costly and having more than one mechanic quote is ideal.  Remember that this is a franchise and other shops in the area may offer competitive prices.  As long as you know you need to have your transmission rebuilt, many can offer you a ballpark estimate over the phone.

Check the official AAMCO website as they do offer promotions and/or coupons from time to time.

AAMCO offers a rewards program where you can earn discounts on services in the future.  By staying loyal to AAMCO and their services, you can earn perks such as free oil changes, tire rotations and up to 50% off on future services by collecting rewards points.

See if the repair is really worth it.  If your car is only worth $6,000 and the repair is going to be $2,500, then you may be better off trading in the car and applying the price you would have paid for the repair toward a newer car.

They do offer an AAMCO credit card, which can offer special discounts when you use it at an AAMCO center.  This could come in handy if you were to need to split up your payments up for the next few months and pay a low-interest rate.

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