Manual VS. Automatic Transmissions – Which is More Cost Effective?

When it comes to buying a new car, one of the main decisions you’ll have to make is whether you want to change the gears yourself, or leave it to your car.

Choosing between a manual or automatic can be a difficult choice, because, as transmission mechanics, we understand that there are benefits to both types of gearbox.

One of the main factors that buyers will consider is which type of transmission is more cost-effective in the long run.

We’ve compiled a list of things to think about when focussing on the financial side of choosing your preferred transmission option. If you’d like to know more about our Romford gearbox repairs, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Which is more expensive to buy?

It is often the case that automatic cars on the market are more expensive, as their parts are more complex than in a manual car.

Our transmission mechanics in Romford are highly skilled when it comes to providing repair services, so the complexity of an automatic gearbox causes no issues should you face a problem with yours.

Should you need an automatic gearbox repair, our service prices are always competitive, so whether you choose an automatic or manual, you can rest assured you are getting a top-quality service at M&M Transmissions.


Which is more expensive to run?

In the past, automatic cars took more fuel to run than the manual version. However, nowadays, new automatic cars have an improved efficiency due to them being capable of driving in more gears.

Newer automatic cars that have been made in the last few years will have better fuel efficiency, meaning you will be saving money every time you fill up.

However, it is thought that manual gearboxes are more long-lasting than an automatic, saving you money on repairs.

Should you require a manual or automatic gearbox repair, our Romford mechanics are happy to provide their knowledge and expertise to solve whatever problem you’re facing.


Which is cheaper to insure?

Typically, it is slightly more expensive to insure an automatic car than it is a manual one, because the parts that go into an automatic gearbox are pricier and more complex.

If you are licenced to drive both manual and automatic cars, you may still be able to find an affordable policy.

However, if you are only licenced to drive an automatic car, your insurance premium will go up significantly. Because the driving process of an automatic car is easier without the need to manually change gears, those who only know how to drive an automatic car will be considered ‘less skilled drivers’ and therefore are a higher risk on the road.


So, Manual or Automatic?

It is best to consider what factors you value most when it comes to buying a car. An automatic will be easier to drive, leaving you with no worries about stalling.

However, cars with manual transmissions are perhaps more cost effective based on car price and general insurance costing.

Whether you choose an automatic or a manual car, should you need gearbox repairs of any kind, get in touch with our Romford transmission mechanics who will be happy to solve your problem.

To speak to a member of the team, please call 01708 764401, or leave us a message using our online contact form.