"For those who want the best"
"Family Owned and Operated since 1951"
Knudson Transmission Service
Specializing in Domestic and Foreign Transmissions
Welcome to Knudson Transmission Service of Des Moines, IA, serving the entire state of Iowa since 1951. We are a family owned and operated business with three generations of family experience and knowledge that assures you quality, reliable and honest work. Our integrity and reputation are of utmost importance to us and has.. been second to none for 56 years.
Knudson Transmission uses only the best products available from top quality vendors. We offer a number of services with the assurance that our goal is to get you back on the road just as soon as possible.
Contact us or stop in today to speak with one of our transmission experts.
We honor most extended warranty programs.
We offer Free:
Test drive and diagnostics - (no appointment necessary)
Accurate price quote
Local towing with major work
Loaner Vehicle (when available)
* After Hour Drop Off Box
**We have Performance services which includes racing, RV, and heavy duty towing applications.
Bill Knudson. one of the names behind Knudson Transmission Service, Inc. moved the business to a new location on the first day of June, 8 years ago, right next door to the old one. The shop at 4301 SE 14th Street continues to concentrate on providing transmission service and repair.
"Concentrating on business in the previous four-bay, 2400-square foot shop was a little cramped," said Knudson. "Making the move to six work bays and 5,000 square feet has been a better fit."
C.E. (Knute) Knudson started the business in 1951. From his experience working for a downtown auto dealership, the elder Knudson decided to open up his own shop from a garage in his back yard on Wall Street in Des Moines.
After moving to a shop on Southeast 14th Street, the family torch was passed to Knutes son, Bill, who came to work at the shop in 1968. Bills interest in cars became his career.
"My dad and I worked together until he retired in 1970," Bill said. "I really enjoyed the business and the work."
The legacy became a little stronger when Bills son, James, started getting his hands dirty as well. At the age of 12, James already was showing an interest in cars and the family business. It made his father proud.
"James has worked here ever since he was 12 years old," Bill said. "He worked here part time in high school and college. Now hes here full time."
Although management of the family business is in its third generation, the pioneer of the business has not been forgotten.
When Knute passed away in 1995, he had not left instructions on what was to be done with his remains, according to Bill. The solution was a simple one. When the foundation was laid for the new location, the family requested that Knutes ashes be sprinkled in with it.
"This way he is still a part of the garage," Bill said.
Our Services Include:
Domestic and Foreign Transmissions
Free Test Drive and Diagnostics (no appointment necessary)
Accurate Price Quote
Free Local Towing with Major Work
Loaner Vehicle (when available)
We Honor Most Extended Warranty Programs
All Work Is Guaranteed
We have Performance services.