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I recently had my car towed for a locked back wheel. The tow company towed it
backward and damaged my transmission (since it is a front wheel drive).
Reverse does not work now. My car is a POS, not even in fair condition, but it is
all I have. The tow company said they admit fault and will either repair it or buy
it from me for the cost of the repair. They said it would be $500 out of their
pocket, either way. I have never heard of a transmission being repaired for that
small of an amount. Is there any circumstance in which this is possible? Is this
type of damage fixable without replacing the whole transmission or something?
Would maybe using salvage parts, or not having to pay labor costs or mark up
drop the price that much? My car isn't even worth the $500, but they did ruin it
and I deserve to know the actual value of the repair if I consider letting him buy
it instead. Please give me any info you can. I live in Iowa, if that matters
Thanks
 

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If it's an early gen Focus, they can probably track down a used transmission for around $200. Personally if the car is in as bad a shape as your implying, I'd look around at the used car market in your area first and see what options are out there. If you find something you like, take the payout and replace the Focus. If there's nothing you want or can afford, have them repair and run it till you find a worthy replacement.
 

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How much is going to cost you to repair the rear wheel? I am assuming locked rear means the rear brake seized on that corner? Did the locked rear wheel cause any damage elsewhere? Are there any other repairs needed to get your car back to road worthy? Factor that cost in plus the $500 the car is presently worth. Are there any other local cars in your budget now that would be an upgrade?
 
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