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I have a 94 camaro. The transmission needs to be rebuilt or replaced. Since the car is so old, would it be better to replace the transmission or get it rebuilt? Where should I take it? Is Aamco good or is there another place?

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Jennifer, Before you spend any money on a transmission, please have a thorough inspection done on your car to make sure it is in good enough shape to make such a large investment on it. If it is.... then I recommend a rebuilt transmission put in by a transmission shop. To find a good transmission shop: 1. Ask around for referrals. You want a shop that people give rave reviews on. 2. Make sure the transmission shop has a good warranty / guarantee and will give it you in writing. 3. Look for signs hanging that show evidence of qualified technicians and professionalism such as: ASE Certifications, certificates of advanced training in transmission work, AAA approved, Belonging to the Better Business Bureau. 4. Look for a courteous staff that will answer all your questions. All My Best, Amy Mattinat

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Jennifer, Aamco could be a reputable place to take your vehicle, you can always do a search with the better business bureau, or call around and receive multiple quotes so you have an idea of an average cost in both scenarios. It all comes down to your budget, usually it may run a little cheaper to have your transmission rebuilt than have a new replacement. Contact repair facilities around you, and specialty transmission shops for various quotes. AJ Pierce

Donna Burmeister, Service Manager at Classic Nissan You can get a factory re-manufactured transmission from your local Chev dealer, I would however shop the price and check online for coupons. Most dealers post them on their web sites.

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Jennifer, If the vehicle is in good shape aside from the transmission, you should consider this when weighing your options. Make a list of reasons to keep it and reasons not to. Include the kelly blue book value of the vehicle, the cost of the repair, possible car payments on a new car... Ask your friends, neighbors and coworkers for a mechanic that they trust. You can also check out the list of female friendly shops on Ask Patty. Suzanne

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