Considerations when Choosing a Transmission Shop

by | Sep 10, 2018 | Automotive

When your transmission fails, life freezes. You can’t want to get back on the road. In your haste, it could be easy to quickly pick a transmission repair professional that may not do the job quite right. These mistakes can be costly. So how do you choose the best transmission shop? Here are some things you should look for.

Good Reputation

Word tends to get around quickly, whether a transmission shop is the best… or less. Don’t hesitate to ask them for references of former customers. And when you get their contact info, follow up. Have a brief phone conversation or shoot a few texts. If their experience was a good one, they would let you know. If it wasn’t, they would share that, too. But listen carefully and take what they say seriously. Using their input will help take the emotion out of the situation so you can make a clear, well-informed decision.


There is no substitute for experience, especially when it comes to automotive repair. This is a particularly important factor when you’re looking for the best transmission shop for your needs. Replacing or rebuilding a transmission is a complicated process. There are a lot of factors to consider, and there can be unexpected things that pop up as the repair is executed. Only experience can guarantee that these factors are taken into consideration. An experienced transmission repair professional will know what to expect even before turning the first bolt. He will know what to look for once he gets inside, and he will know how things should be put back together. In addition, experience brings efficiency. The more experience, the smoother and quicker the repair will go. This will save you your hard-earned money.

Master Level Certification

While a decent mechanic may be able to look up how to repair a transmission on YouTube, you really want a certified transmission expert. With the certification process comes valuable knowledge, and not just about one or two different kinds of cars, but knowledge that can be applied to a variety of vehicles. Additionally,  the reputation of the certification itself, as well as that of the certifying body, is at risk whenever a master level certified mechanic is at work. Maintaining these reputations is the job of the technicians, and this will benefit you and your vehicle. The best transmission shop will have master level certifications.

A failed or failing transmission doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Give SOS Transmissions a call at 708-344-1760 or visit them in person at 1522 N Mannheim Rd. Stone Park, IL 60165. You can also connect them on Facebook for more updates.

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