To some automobile owners, learning that they have a failing transmission will mean they decide just to sell their car off for junk simply because they assume replacement would be more expensive than it's worth. However, if you know the right transmission repair professional, you can have your transmission rebuilt or replaced and get to keep your ride for a while longer. Even though transmission repair is costly, it doesn't have to be as expensive as you expect. Check out these simple tips to keep in mind during a transmission rebuild or replacement to help you save money. 

Check with salvage centers for a used transmission. 

Every day, cars are involved in collisions that leave their bodies and engines unusable. These vehicles are most often sent off to the local scrapyard or salve center and often times, they still have a fully functional transmission. On your search to have your transmission replaced, make sure you check with these places to see if they may have a transmission available that would work in your vehicle. In many cases, you can find a good used transmission in this manner and save yourself a lot of money. 

Don't keep trying to drive your vehicle with a damaged transmission. 

If your transmission starts to show signs of trouble, don't continue to drive it if at all possible. Go ahead and get the transmission checked out by a repair professional immediately. Continuing to drive a car with an ailing transmission can lead to further damage to the transmission. This can mean rebuilding the existing transmission becomes a more costly endeavor because more damage is done to the inner working gears and components. 

Work with a reputable transmission repair shop for rebuild or replacement. 

If there is one thing you can do that will make all the difference in the world in how much you spend on a transmission rebuild or replacement, it is finding the right professional transmission repair shop for the job. A reputable repair shop will help you find a used transmission if that is what you want to do and give you the best recommendations on what would be the less costly route to take when it comes to rebuild or replacement. Plus, transmission repair shops often charge by the hour to perform work, which means the more qualified and experienced the technicians are, the less the end cost will be because they will be able to complete the task in a timely manner.