99% of all AAMCOs are looser unethical shops that are good at only one thing which is to *** the consumer out of their money. They know very little about transmissions and end up damaging most cars they touch.
I have taken my old car that I am ready to trash to over 45 AAMCOs in California and Nevada asking for a free transmission inspection. The transmission happens to be in perfect conditions. All but two AAMCOs recommended my transmission be replaced with a rebuilt transmission stating that the transmission was gunked up or had a film or had grime in it. In each case, they emptied the transmission fluid into a dirty container, opened the pan to find the contaminants resulting in them rendering the recommendation to replace it.
When I refused, they put the pan back on and re-filled the transmission with the old mostly contaminated fluid from their dirty container. These AAMCOs lied about the condition of the transmission. It was clean and not filmed or grimed as they stated. And also, why replace a transmission that was working fine just because of film or grime?
They said it needed to be taken care of right away or I may ruin the transmission. Who cares if they are going to replace it anyhow? Obviously not the brightest bulbs in the box. Good luck folks if you choose to take your car to AAMCO.
I just had fun with this as I was investigating them for a documentary that was never finished. But they really need to be criminally charged for this behavior!
By the way, the two that did not recommend a rebuilt transmission recommended a complete flush and filter replacemant for over $300. Still unecessary.