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New Car Purchase: Automatic or Manual?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Car Purchase: Automatic or Manual?

The debate over which car transmission is better between manual and automatic has been going on for years. Most arguments revolve around driver control and fuel economy, though there are other factors to consider. For instance, it may be essential for a driver to know which kind of transmission optimizes engine performance, or the overall driving experience. The argument regarding which is better than the other is not decisive, and for new car purchases, it may simply be a matter of the driver’s preferences. In any case, here are a few facts about car transmissions that may lead to the correct choice for you. 

Background: Auto vs Manual

The transmission, also referred to as gearbox, is an integral component of any vehicle’s power train. It is responsible for transmitting motion between the engine and the wheels in order to facilitate changes in speed. Manual gear boxesprovide drivers with absolute control over gear shifts, which is not the case with automatic gearboxes. When changing gear, the driver is supposed to depress the clutch pedal in order to disengage the engine from the wheels and facilitate an easy gear shift. The driver is able to know the right moment to shift based on the sound of the engine as it drives. A high pitched sound demands a shift to a higher gear to prevent the engine from overheating. The engine sounds impatient, since it wants to move faster. You shift down when reducing your speed. 

For automatic transmissions, this process is done automatically. Once you start the car and get it moving, the automatic gearbox takes over, adjusting the gears according to your speed. This kind of transmission is preferred by drivers who spend a lot of time on the road, and would like to enjoy a smooth,effortless ride without their calf-muscles aching due to continuous clutch depressions. This aspect makes automatic transmission popular among women. It is also a good choice for people who drive through busy city traffic a lot,where there are a lot of start-stop motions. 

Cost Perspective

From a costs point of view, automatic gearboxes have high maintenance costs associated with expensive servicing and pricey parts. Automatic transmission cars also consume more fuel than manual ones. In fact, a manual car will save you 10% on fuel, and a similar amount in repairs. 

Automatics are comfortable to drive, while manual transmissions are economical. Manual transmissions also provide a sense of masculinity – you look and feel cool. In the end, the decision is up to you. Just remember to take your driving test with a manual transmission car if you want the liberty of driving either, legally. 

Keeping your car at its best is good for your safety, and prevents costly repairs. It helps to have a professional mechanic checking your car transmission for optimum performance. Pro-Tech Transmissions has been in this business for over 40 years. You are guaranteed to be satisfied with our repairs, which is why we offer our 1 year or 30,000 km nationwide warranty. For any inquiries, call us at (780) 453-3300 (1-877-435-6880) or visit us at 12515- 127 Street NW, Edmonton, AB.

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