Get Your Transmission

Get the best prices online from our large selection of Used, Rebuilt, Engines and Transmissions.

>> Blog Navigation
>> Welcome to The Blog

Foreign Transmissions or Domestic Transmissions, is there a difference?

Looking at the car industry in whole, I find it curious that we are all so worried about whether we buy a foreign or domestic car. I have and will discuss lots more about transmissions. However,  how many foreign car manufacturers set up factories in the US as a means of faster production?

I have to check out certain specifics concerning where foreign car transmissions are engineered and how many parts come from across the sea (we know a certain amount of parts for American cars come from foreign countries), but if US citizens work in the factories, where do the ultimate profits go. That will be my next assignment.

However since these cars are, at a minimum assembled in the US on American soil, using labor that is at least, hopefully legally American, and some of the parts are made in the US, what is the difference?

In a certain sense all cars, transmissions in particular, are then “global”, since GM and Ford and Chrysler Corp. make transmissions for cars that only go to, or are built in foreign countries, I think global is the best term to use. Some of the differences are in emission standards each country sets to be met, and some of the options available, in terms of engines and trim packages. The integrity or platform of the cars remain the same.

Remember that a lot of foreign car companies don’t make their own transmissions and use well respected aftermarket companies like, Borg Warner, A/W transmissions, ZF transmissions and even some domestic transmissions.

Some may feel that foreign cars are better engineered than American cars and even built better. The reality is that the engineering may be better, but that is debatable, most auto manufacturing plants are built in much the same modern hi tech ways. Using CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine equipment, which eliminates human error for the most part if the machine is programmed properly from the start.

If you have ever taken a tour of an automotive mass production factory that many of the plants offer, you would be amazed, it is very interesting. Fenders are literally stamped out of a flat sheet of steel by giant presses into the form of a fender or most any body part. Parts are attached to the cars as they roll along the assembly line. Foreign transmissions are manufactured on US soil, as Domestic transmissions are too. And vice-versa sometimes..

The point I’m trying to make is that even if you buy a ‘foreign car‘, you are still contributing to the US economy and workforce. Even the foreign dealers have people from every race working for them. Mechanics, bookkeepers, salesmen, service writers all should be getting paychecks with the appropriate deductions taken out, which would go into the US economic system.

No matter how you want to view the matter, by de-segregating all cars in global cars, or dividing them into domestic and foreign cars, the US profits, in many ways from foreign cars being built and sold in America.

I’ll do more studying on this matter, but if you ask me, transmissions are transmissions. When it comes down to replacing a transmission, has de-segregated itself in terms of where transmissions are manufactured. Trust me, the variety and supply of any sort of transmission in need is waiting for you at one of their many network suppliers. Pre-tested, crated and guaranteed to meet your expectations.

Leave a Reply