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Is your car having transmission trouble? Before reading on, please check out our article about warning signs. If your transmission is in trouble, you might notice delayed engagement when you’re driving, smell something strange, hear a grinding noise, or have a hard time shifting. Of course, you might see something as obvious as a transmission warning light, or your car may begin leaking transmission fluid. When faced with a bad transmission, you have two choices: you can either fix the car or buy a new one. Here’s how to decide whether to repair or replace your car.

  • Assess Your Needs. Are you ready to replace your car? Think about this carefully, considering things like your credit and whether a new car makes sense for you right now. Were you happy with your car before your transmission began to fail? It might be worth fixing.
  • Consider the Overall Condition of the Car. Is your car in good shape aside from the transmission, or is this just one in a long series of repairs? What’s the mileage? If it’s over 300,000 miles, it may not be worth investing any more money.
  • Think About How Long You Planned to Keep the Car. Maybe you were about to replace your car, but on the other hand, you might have intended to keep the car for many more years. One benefit of rebuilding your transmission is that you can extend the life of your vehicle significantly. What’s more, you may be increasing the car’s value so that when you trade it in you’ll get more money for your trade.
  • Weigh the Cost of the Repair. When you hear how much it will cost to rebuild or replace your transmission, it may seem like a lot of money. However, when you compare it to the cost of purchasing a car, it’s probably much less of an outlay. For many people, paying to repair their existing car is worth it, if it means they don’t have to work car payments into the budget. Car repair loans are available and so are car repair credit cards that offer no interest for the first six months.

If you think fixing your transmission might be the right option, stop by All Tune and Lube in La Habra or call us for a transmission rebuild estimate. At All Tune and Lube, our mission is to see our customers drive away. We know you have families, jobs, and errands, for over 20 years we’ve been working hard to make sure your plans are never interrupted by automotive malfunctions. Our ASE Certified Master Technicians have the experience and training needed to handle your repairs and maintenance, and we do it without stretching your wallet further than necessary. Whether it’s a problem with your transmission or some other part of your car, or even if you just need an oil change, you can trust us to get the job done right. Call us today at 714-871-4144 or contact us through our website.

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