Remanufactured Automatic Transmission Core Charges

If purchasing a remanufactured automatic transmission, the service shop, car dealership, or other supplier will require that your car or truck’s old transmission be returned back to them in renewable condition. In most cases, the supplier will collect a refundable core deposit, also known as a core charge, as collateral until your old unit is returned back to them. Most companies collect between $500 and $1500 for a core charge. If the transmission repair shop is rebuilding your transmission, similar charges may apply for select components, known as transmission hard parts.

Broken Case Housing

It is important to note that if your transmission’s case housing or other specified parts are broken, you probably will not get your core charge back. This charge covers the cost of acquiring replacement housings and components. When discussing a remanufactured transmission as an option, you should ask for written information concerning the supplier’s core charge policy. While the return of an intact transmission case housing will be required for the return of most core deposits, you should avoid any rebuilding company that requires the internal components to also be damage-free. These companies generally charge higher core deposits and they rarely return the full deposit, if any at all. Suburban maintains a list of reliable vendors we have discovered that are reasonable with their reimbursement of core charges.

Transmission Core Charge Cost

Before taking your vehicle to an automatic transmission service repair facility, you will likely discuss cost. If discussing a remanufactured transmission as a replacement, you will likely (now that I’ve warned you) discuss core charges as well. If the salesperson is being elusive or you feel that you are headed for a trap, tell him that he must inspect the transmission housing for damage prior to commencement of work. This is a common technique from some shops to try to inflate the price of their work. Tell him that you will not agree to a core charge unless he can provide you with prior notification of its necessity. While maintaining a poker face, or voice for that matter, you may want to let the salesperson know that your approval of the job may ride on the condition of the transmission housing or other core components. This is a good idea because should you need a housing, it can often be obtained for much less than the corresponding core charge. If the automatic transmission service repair shop believes the sale pivots on the price of the core charge, he may be inclined to find a cheap one to be returned to the supplier of your remanufactured transmission.