Frank’s Transmission Inc. is a full service auto repair and maintenance shop serving the Tri State area for over 40 years! We specialize in transmission rebuilding, repair, and maintenance. We are also a full service auto repair and maintenance service center. Locally owned and operated since 1977, our professional, certified technicians provide exceptional service and quality work. We fix the cause of the problem, not just the result.

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Our Hours

  • Monday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Tuesday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Thursday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Friday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Saturday | CLOSED

  • Sunday | CLOSED

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Our Team

John – Owner

Dawn – Owner, Office Manager

Brady – Technician

About Us

We get a lot of people asking “Why are you called Frank’s?”

Frank Ford started Frank’s Transmission in California, after he got out the the Navy back in the late 1960’s.  To be closer to his wife’s family, he moved to Michigan in 1977 and opened Frank’s Transmission in Coldwater.

John Miller started working for Frank’s in 1981 as a high school student, and purchased the business from Frank in 1984.

John & his wife Dawn, built the business at it’s current location in 1999, with the addition of the second building approximately 10 years later.

Frank’s Transmission specializes in transmissions, transfer cases, & differentials, taking pride in the ability to repair and rebuild in house, therefore being able to save the customer money.

Over the years, Frank’s has had many requests to do additional repairs and services from our customers.  Therefore, in 2018, we became Frank’s Transmission & Auto Repair.  We still specialize in transmissions, transfer cases, and differentials, however, we now assist our customers in most of their vehicle repair/service needs.

Our technicians do continuing education throughout the year to stay current on today’s ever changing automotive industry.

At Frank’s Transmission & Auto Repair, we take things on step at a time keeping the customer informed every step of the way.  Good communication is key to great customer service, and happy customers!

We’re Hiring!

Frank’s Transmission & Auto Repair is looking to hire a

Michigan Certified Auto Technician…

Ideal candidate is: 

  • Certified. 
  • Has own /tools.
  • Ability to lift/move over 50 lbs.
  • Gets along well with others.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Sharp.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Strong desire to learn, grow, be the best you can be!
  • 5 years experience with strong problem solving & trouble shooting skills preferred.  *Do not have to know transmissions*

Frank’s Offers:  Monday – Friday, 8-5 work week, clean, heated & air conditioned working environment.  Competitive wages & benefits including bonus opportunities, paid vacation/holidays/birthday, health insurance, company match simple IRA.

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“I want to thank you for the hard work you put in while working on my Thunder Bird.  As always, you went the “extra mile” in getting the work done correctly, and I really appreciate it.  I often tell other people who works on my car, and of the quality of your work.

– Thank you, John S. 

“Recently my family and I spent a week in your area, and our stay was made much more enjoyable due to your wonderful way of helping and offering assistance.

Even though the week was difficult due to vehicle issues, you made it a very manageable difficulty. Everything ultimately worked out and we made it home safely.

– Thanks again, Bruce J.

“Thank you so much!  Your willingness to accommodate my needs went above and beyond.  Also, thank you so much to Dawn for providing a ride to work.

– Sincerely, Chelsea C. 

“John & Dawn,
I received a thank you card from you this week for giving you my business.  There was a specific reason why I drove 30 miles to bring you that business.
I will put forth a reasonable effort to solve problems on my own, especially when the cost of repair could exceed the value of the vehicle.  There is a transmission repair shop within 3 miles of my home.  When I stopped there to talk about the possible causes for my trouble, I listened to the owner tell me how unqualified the other businesses in the area are “when it comes to transmission work”.  He would give me no information.  On the way out of his door, he handed me a small stack of business cards and said “Hey if you know anybody that needs trans repair, give them one of my cards”.  I didn’t take any cards, but I’ve shared his information with many.
Then I stopped @ Frank’s Transmission.  I spoke with John.  I explained everything that I had already done; he took time to share some possibilities with me.  I expressed my appreciation, and then he replied “if you’ve got any more questions, let me know“.  That’s it!  John’s willingness to help me.  That is why my truck came to your business, 30 miles without second gear.  That’s good business!  
– Thank you,  Doug B

“We are so thankful for all you guys have done! Thank you for your help in court also. My truck works perfect!! – Wouldn’t have gotten it right without you guys. Thanks again, and you guys will have a #1 reference from us always! 

– Erik & Megan G. Awesome Service!!

“Just a note to say thanks again for all the extra things you did for us when our suburban broke down on our trip last month. A special thanks to Dawn for helping me return the rental car to Battle Creek!

– Lee & Mayleen V.

“John & Dawn, Thank you very much for your patience and hard work taking care of my vehicle. I chose a great company to take care of us! I’m 
very happy it worked out for both of us. Please enjoy dinner on us at this restaurant we enjoy. I hope you will enjoy it also. The wine is wonderful! 

– Thanks again, Deb & Ted 

” Thank you so much for fixing my G6 – it runs great! Thank you for keeping me informed throughout the fixing process. You guys are great!

– Jess & JJ C.

“From the 36 members of our family reunion at camp of the woods in NY. So grateful for your hard work! You really went above & beyond! We know that God placed us there so that you could help us out. We do not know what we would have done if you were not there for us. Thank You.

– Lenz family

“I do want to thank you again for your expert help and fast service.  We feel most grateful for having had the opportunity to deal with both you and John.  This predicament could have ruined our week’s vacation completely, but your helpful and courteous service certainly saved the day (and our week in Grayling).  We couldn’t be more pleased with your business ethic, both for the work that was done, as well as for your kindness to help us so late on a Friday afternoon.  You both represent the fine service that one should expect in a service company.  Thank you.

– Very truly yours, David & JoAnn B.

Our Services

Very large inventory of new & used parts from the 1940’s to present. If we don’t have it, in most cases we will have it the next business day.

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Our Specials

Free Towing With Major Repairs

Financing Available
(6 Months Same As Cash)


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Frank’s Transmission & Auto Repair Inc.
149 S Division
Coldwater,  MI  49036

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