Every facet of life has people and companies who want to take advantage of you and abscond with your hard-earned money, and auto transmission scams are one of the easiest ways that they do it. Because few people have a good knowledge of all of the inner workings of the transmissions in their vehicles and trucks, it is easy for unscrupulous people to take advantage of this. The following are a few of the most common transmission scams that you might be unfortunate enough to run into at some point as well as how you can avoid these.
Scam 1 – A transmission Flush
Most shops will offer to give you a transmission flush when you take your car in for another repair. They will tell you that your transmission has sludge and particles built up inside it, and that a flush will be able to take out those particles and get your transmission back into proper working condition.
However, opting for a transmission flush is not always the best idea. You will discover that most manufacturers do not often recommend getting a flush as often as the mechanics at many shops want it. In fact, some warranties on your transmission can be voided if you get a flush that does not follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Scam 2 – Phone Estimate
Most people will call up a local shop and request for an estimate regarding transmission repair. The mechanic or manager will usually quote a low price to get the customer to take their vehicle to the shop. When the car gets there and they start working on it, the manager calls back and says that the cost will be a bit higher. When the work is finally done, the price is close to double the original phone estimate you were told.
You can avoid this by taking the car into the shop and avoiding the phone estimate. Additionally, go to more than one shop so that you can have a better understanding of what their charge is.
Scam 3 – A transmission Warranty
When the warranty on your vehicle transmission expires, you might see yourself tempted to purchase an aftermarket warranty. You know that the cost of changing your transmission can be upwards of $2,000, so a warranty seems like a good idea. In theory, it is. However, not all of the warranties that you will see are worth your time and money. Some companies will tell you that everything is covered in your warranty, but you will want to read the fine print. Most times, the salespeople will say whatever it takes to make you to sign up for a warranty. Always ensure to read over any warranty before you buy it.
A great rule of thumb when trying to avoid being scammed with your transmission warranty is to call around to some of the local shops and note if they would repair your vehicle under the warranty that the warranty company is offering. Carry this out long before you choose to purchase the warranty. If the shop advice that they would not be able to fix it with that warranty, do not buy it.