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1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 2dr Coupe

1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe LS, Mid-Size
20 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy
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December 6, 2012, 4:57 am

Jackie L

Question: whats the cheapest price on a transmission?

How much could i sale the car for with it needing a transmission? Its a 2003 monte carlo ss, its white with black leather interior, power windows and doors, heating and ac works just fine and i love the stereo, it has am/fm, cassette and cd player and they all work and sound great. There is a little interior damage on the drivers seat on backside and floor panel of door that was there when i bought it mid-August 2011. I had to have a motor put in it in September and it drove fine til 2 weeks ago when the transmission started slipping and jerking. I paid $5999.00 cash for it from chuck hutton toyota in whitehaven a yr ago, The motor and labor ended up costing over $3000.00 because of getting screwed around on it, then i had to replace the driverside window power buttons which cost right at $50.00, replace the sparkplug wires and the map sensor, costing bout $60.00 and buy a brandnew battery that cost over $100.00. It's ended up that I've got right at $10,000 in this car that I've had one yr and now the transmission is going out. I absolutely love my car so much and want it more than anything but I have no more money at all to fix it. I was living with a family friend, an elderly disabled veteran, taking care of him and he just passed away. I have no job now, no transportation, im disabled slightly also, my utilities were supposed to get shut-off yesterday, I just had my first grandchild {grandson}, 8 days ago and i've only gotten to see him for bout an hour the day he was born cuz i have no ride and my daughter lives bout an hour from me, and to top it off, im out in the country stranded where i live now with my son, who is gone all the time, my little sister, her little girl {my wonderful niece} and my birthday's are all in like the same week, 12-12, 12-19 and 12-21 and i want to go stay with them for the holidays so bad but they too live a little more than an hour away. Do you think theres anyway possible i could get anyone to buy the car as is and get something out of it at all? I mean i dont want to lose my car but its all i have, its not driving right, im broke, its the holidays and im fixing to be stranded, alone in the country, broke and in the dark thru the holidays. Please tell me its possible to srll it now in its condition or give me a cheap price on transmission. You would be my holiday hero! lol but im serious. thank you and im so sorry for telling you my lifestory but i cant help it, its the honest truth, all of it, and i need help or hope at least. I just cant take anymore. Sorry again and thank you. Have a wonderful holiday season and God bless you and yours

December 9, 2012, 8:56 am

Ron W
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If a car has mechanical defects (like a bad transmission) it is much harder to sell, but it still has value. Esp since you put in a new motor a short time ago. This link can give you an estimate of your car's value if it was fully running.

I did a quick check based on your info and it looks like its value is in the $4000 to $8000 range in my area. You should re-due it for your area and all the specifics of your vehicle.

Check our website's Repair Cost Calculator for a general estimate on a transmission replacement.

A cheaper alternative is to install a used transmission. I suspect you could get a transmission for around $1000 and just have to pay the labor to install it. If you go this route have the shop get it for you so if there is a problem, they can deal with all of it.

As to the estimate, the value of your car if it was working minus the cost of the transmission equals what it's value is. Start there and see who want it.

As a mechanic, I've bought many cars with transmission or engine problem for relatives since my time doesn't cost me anything. It works out well as the person selling the vehicle gets some of their money back and I get a car that is reasonably priced and just have to put some time into it.

Sorry you are having such a tough time this holiday season. I hope you get it all sorted out.

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