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How much does an Alternator repair cost?

Labour times and part prices vary depending on the particular vehicle, but to give you an idea here are some examples.

Car Franchise Dealer estimate Independent Garage estimate ClickMechanic ClickMechanic Saving
Car1999 Mitsubishi Space Star Franchise Dealer Est.£359 - £396 Independent Garage Est.£272 - £301 ClickMechanic Est.£273 - £302 Saving23%
Car2009 Audi A6 Franchise Dealer Est.£1023 - £1131 Independent Garage Est.£803 - £888 ClickMechanic Est.£804 - £889 Saving21%
Car2013 Fiat Doblo Cargo XL Franchise Dealer Est.£303 - £397 Independent Garage Est.£229 - £307 ClickMechanic Est.£230 - £308 Saving23%
Car2000 Fiat Multipla Franchise Dealer Est.£297 - £373 Independent Garage Est.£223 - £286 ClickMechanic Est.£224 - £287 Saving23%
Car1999 Fiat Bravo Franchise Dealer Est.£429 - £504 Independent Garage Est.£329 - £390 ClickMechanic Est.£331 - £392 Saving22%

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Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does an Alternator do?

The alternator is an electrical device situated in the engine bay tasked with generating electricity to charge the battery of the car. It is coupled to the engine drive, meaning that when the engine is activated the alternator is actuated, in turn, the battery is charged. It is vital that the alternator works effectively, seeing that the battery provides electricity to a range of components.

How do you know there is something wrong with the Alternator?

  • When the battery warning light on the car's dashboard has lit up.
  • When the battery does not charge.
  • When the battery is flat.
  • When the lights are not as bright as usual.

When should you consider an Alternator replacement?

Should you experience any problems like those listed above it is important to have the alternator inspected and, if necessary, have the alternator replaced. Always remember to service the alternator as and when stipulated in the manufacturer's guidelines. It is essential that the alternator is kept in tip-top condition, this should contribute to a prolonged and unproblematic alternator lifespan.

What happens during an Alternator Replacement?

  • Mechanic will inspect the car's electrical systems.
  • Mechanic will inspect the alternator's ancillaries (drive belt, cables etc.)
  • Mechanic will test the voltage output of the alternator.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the alternator.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts of the electric system need to be replaced.
  • Mechanic will test the electric system and will test drive the car.
  • Mechanic will make any adjustments if necessary.

What happens if I don’t get my car’s Alternator fixed or replaced?

The increasing amount of electrical equipment fitted in most modern cars puts a huge strain on the alternator which provides the power for it.

A failing or faulty alternator is struggling to provide the power for all the electrical equipment that is being used. This means that your car battery regularly needs to be recharged, as the alternator isn’t supplying enough power to top it up sufficiently.

If you notice that your car’s lights are going dim when they are in use, this might also be a signal that you need to investigate whether your alternator is faulty and needs to be replaced.
Eventually, your car could either stop running or fail to restart after it has been used for a while.

How common is an Alternator replacement?

It can often be difficult to diagnose problems with your car’s electrical system. But an experienced mechanic will be able to carry out a diagnostic check on the system. This will determine whether the battery is healthy and can hold a charge.

If you encounter issues with your battery, e.g. your battery regularly runs down, you should also have your alternator looked at to determine whether it needs to be replaced.

If you drive regularly in cold weather, this is sure to have an adverse effect on how well your car’s alternator works. Batteries need more power to work effectively in these conditions, and that puts even more strain on the alternator, which is likely to shorten its life.

What are common Alternator brands on the market?

Many of the companies known for manufacturing car batteries also make alternators, and brands you might regularly see include Valeo, Bosch, Lucas, and Denso.

How to extend the lifetime of your Alternator?

The age and condition of your car’s battery will have a pronounced effect on the life of its alternator. A battery in poor condition will also put extra strain on the alternator.
Apart from ensuring that your battery is working as it should, there is not a lot you can do to greatly affect the life of your alternator – you could be driving along perfectly happily one day then need an alternator replacement the next. Keeping your engine components clean, and having your auxiliary belt, which powers your air conditioning compressor, power steering pump and water pump, replaced when needed can reduce the strain it takes.

How much does an Alternator Replacement cost?

The cost of an alternator replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your alternator replaced by Clickmechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

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53 manufacturers for Alternator Repair

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Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £247.49 - £453.21

Labour time: 0-3 hours

# of quotes: 593

£400

£297 - £492

£406 - £707

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Audi

Parts costs: £285.15 - £540.00

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 3824

£454

£334 - £537

£468 - £764

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Austin

Parts costs: £124.97 - £213.50

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 28

£205

£150 - £227

£199 - £311

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Bentley

Parts costs: £634.84 - £889.88

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2

£750

£692 - £824

£876 - £1,054

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BMW

Parts costs: £288.62 - £695.74

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 5041

£487

£338 - £645

£489 - £886

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Cadillac

Parts costs: £276.35 - £548.90

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2

£429

£336 - £521

£450 - £676

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £173.49 - £394.89

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 743

£330

£223 - £389

£306 - £514

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £337.73 - £648.90

Labour time: 0-4 hours

# of quotes: 553

£562

£387 - £729

£510 - £1,050

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Citroen

Parts costs: £231.18 - £472.92

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 4080

£395

£283 - £487

£371 - £641

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Dacia

Parts costs: £156.49 - £529.03

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 13

£334

£214 - £512

£302 - £670

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £162.43 - £374.39

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 119

£293

£201 - £361

£271 - £472

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £177.63 - £487.32

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 36

£356

£227 - £455

£311 - £585

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Daimler

Parts costs: £241.38 - £384.90

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 15

£347

£290 - £381

£387 - £504

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Dodge

Parts costs: £320.09 - £675.28

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 83

£497

£369 - £617

£482 - £784

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DS

Parts costs: £278.39 - £400.36

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 4

£339

£295 - £383

£367 - £498

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Fiat

Parts costs: £212.79 - £413.80

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 3592

£337

£262 - £408

£337 - £519

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Ford

Parts costs: £234.46 - £442.60

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 19598

£359

£284 - £426

£369 - £544

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Honda

Parts costs: £303.89 - £587.37

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 3078

£460

£353 - £577

£459 - £756

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £241.17 - £527.67

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1497

£391

£290 - £500

£377 - £635

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Isuzu

Parts costs: £314.52 - £479.74

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 60

£404

£349 - £471

£447 - £621

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Iveco

Parts costs: £259.95 - £427.59

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 58

£377

£287 - £405

£366 - £525

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £287.99 - £621.46

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1986

£482

£337 - £583

£477 - £797

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Jeep

Parts costs: £331.99 - £729.85

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 295

£539

£376 - £685

£491 - £892

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Kia

Parts costs: £254.27 - £591.15

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 719

£438

£303 - £561

£392 - £711

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £316.41 - £510.06

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 3779

£453

£365 - £534

£501 - £779

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LDV

Parts costs: £279.47 - £455.49

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 115

£366

£312 - £429

£401 - £553

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Lexus

Parts costs: £367.99 - £694.61

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 255

£518

£417 - £633

£572 - £840

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Lotus

Parts costs: £173.99 - £208.79

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1

£221

£223 - £223

£307 - £307

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Maserati

Parts costs: £513.31 - £615.97

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2

£569

£573 - £573

£734 - £734

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Mazda

Parts costs: £265.20 - £562.75

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1102

£435

£309 - £518

£404 - £659

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £317.36 - £705.59

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 4390

£537

£366 - £692

£512 - £982

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MG

Parts costs: £189.00 - £331.95

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 270

£307

£238 - £348

£325 - £473

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MINI

Parts costs: £240.99 - £486.51

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2351

£426

£301 - £507

£455 - £768

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £236.71 - £485.05

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 465

£395

£286 - £464

£376 - £597

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Nissan

Parts costs: £226.78 - £572.96

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1949

£407

£276 - £540

£363 - £689

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Perodua

Parts costs: £240.01 - £325.26

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 3

£308

£284 - £320

£376 - £423

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £228.66 - £481.26

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 5209

£407

£280 - £499

£374 - £670

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Peugeot Talbot

Parts costs: £203.98 - £280.40

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 56

£269

£226 - £283

£287 - £375

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Porsche

Parts costs: £322.67 - £632.58

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 79

£550

£372 - £613

£485 - £804

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Proton

Parts costs: £309.42 - £716.18

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 14

£492

£359 - £656

£429 - £785

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Renault

Parts costs: £239.99 - £566.14

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 4492

£460

£305 - £592

£405 - £781

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Rover

Parts costs: £208.89 - £366.81

Labour time: 0-4 hours

# of quotes: 751

£360

£258 - £502

£348 - £758

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Saab

Parts costs: £266.70 - £486.56

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1013

£404

£321 - £476

£429 - £628

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SEAT

Parts costs: £227.49 - £484.29

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1042

£370

£277 - £464

£366 - £598

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Skoda

Parts costs: £253.89 - £489.59

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1032

£391

£303 - £479

£397 - £623

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Smart

Parts costs: £214.73 - £560.83

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 205

£415

£276 - £560

£380 - £746

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Ssangyong

Parts costs: £470.37 - £699.53

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 14

£589

£519 - £632

£662 - £797

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Subaru

Parts costs: £195.99 - £475.94

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 54

£379

£212 - £446

£266 - £568

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £239.99 - £466.70

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 695

£365

£289 - £438

£368 - £546

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Toyota

Parts costs: £239.68 - £479.74

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 4323

£375

£289 - £476

£382 - £626

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £243.99 - £513.09

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 12456

£389

£293 - £488

£379 - £619

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £254.52 - £489.59

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 7286

£405

£304 - £495

£413 - £681

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Volvo

Parts costs: £283.57 - £494.11

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 2391

£410

£333 - £469

£453 - £625

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Recent Alternator repair quotes

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£56.60

Alternator pulley replacement

Skoda Fabia SDI 1.9L 1999 06
Newcastle Upon Tyne
£60.55

Alternator diode pack replacement

Audi Q5 TDI CR 2.0L 2012 14
Low Valleyfield
£303.12

Alternator replacement

Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic II 2.0L 2008
Paignton
£56.16

Alternator diode pack replacement

Ford Kuga TDCi 2.0L 2012
Batley