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How much does a Starter Motor 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
Car2003 Volkswagen Golf Franchise Dealer Est.£255 - £461 Independent Garage Est.£175 - £346 ClickMechanic Est.£176 - £347 Saving27%
Car2000 Audi RS4 Franchise Dealer Est.£568 - £750 Independent Garage Est.£260 - £411 ClickMechanic Est.£264 - £415 Saving48%
Car2005 Proton Persona Franchise Dealer Est.£230 - £255 Independent Garage Est.£192 - £213 ClickMechanic Est.£193 - £213 Saving16%
Car2002 Toyota Yaris Franchise Dealer Est.£166 - £230 Independent Garage Est.£123 - £177 ClickMechanic Est.£123 - £177 Saving24%
Car2007 Nissan Qashqai+2 Franchise Dealer Est.£194 - £453 Independent Garage Est.£143 - £358 ClickMechanic Est.£144 - £359 Saving22%

Want to learn more about Starter Motor repairs?

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

What is a starter motor?

A starter motor is a heavy duty electric motor that has enough torque to turn the engine in order for it to start. When early engines were made, starting them was done by cranking a handle attached to the crankshaft. This was obviously very tiring, inconvenient and in some cases quite dangerous too! Therefore a more convenient device was designed, powered by a battery to do the work and the modern starter motor was born!

How does a starter motor work and what are the components?

Whilst simplistic in its design, like any electric motor, it does have a number of internal components. Without going into the minute details of how electric motors work, the basic concept is that when an electrical current is passed through coiled wires of the armature it reacts against the magnetic plates on the housing and spins it around.

There are of course a lot of other parts involved, from the contact brushes that carry the electrical current from the source to the rotating shaft of the armature, to bushes, pinions and a solenoid that fires the gears on the shaft into the vehicles flywheel to engage with the engine.

When a start motor fails, it’s generally either the brushes that have worn out, the winding on the armature that has failed or the solenoid that has seized. However, these days, few operations will strip a starter motor to refurbish it as this is both time consuming and the parts are not always easy to obtain in small numbers. Therefore it is both cheaper for the customer and a quicker turnaround, to exchange the faulty unit with a new one.

How do you know when something is wrong with your starter motor?

  • The most obvious and usual occurrence is that when you turn the key or press the button to start the engine, nothing happens!
  • When you do try to start it, knowing the battery is good, you may hear a single click from the starter motor, which is the solenoid firing, but there is no rotation.
  • Providing the battery is in known to be in good condition, it is the next obvious point of a vehicle failing to turn over.
  • Please do note though, if you hear a rapid clicking, that is more likely to be the battery not having enough power to actually turn the motor, but enough to keep firing the solenoid, in which case it's the battery that is faulty or discharged.
  • When the battery is known to be in good condition but the engine is very laborious when turning over.

When should you consider replacing the starter motor?

Quite frankly, as soon as it has failed! It is not going to fix itself or get better if you do not use it for a period of time, it will need replacing otherwise you will be push starting the vehicle each time you want to use it.

If you notice that the engine is struggling to turn over though and you know the battery is in good condition and charge, then sooner rather than later is better to replace the tired old starter motor before it leaves you stranded.

How common is a starter motor replacement?

Given the demands put on the motor and the number of times it is called into use, it is likely a vehicle will need a new starter motor at some point in its lifetime. It isn’t so much mileage or even age related though, if you do a number of short trips each day and the starter gets used 4 or 5 times, that is more than a vehicle doing a 100 mile round trip!

What can I do to extend the life of my starter motor?

In essence, not a lot - if you need to start the engine, you need to use the starter motor! However as it is an electrical device, avoiding deep water will of course mean less water ingress potentially.

What happens during a starter motor replacement?

Depending on the vehicle and the circumstances, the mechanic will carry out some or all the following

  • Mechanic will inspect the starter motor terminals and electrics of the ignition system.
  • Mechanic will subject the starter motor to voltage test.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the starter motor.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts need to be replaced.
  • Mechanic will start the engine to establish whether the starter motor works correctly.

How much does a starter motor replacement cost?

The cost of replacing the starter motor 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 starter motor replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page

How much does a Starter Motor repair cost?

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56 manufacturers for Starter Motor Repair

Name Clickmechanic Click mechanic average Independent garage estimate Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £155.99 - £441.08

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 365

£326

£205 - £444

£285 - £593

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Audi

Parts costs: £179.99 - £404.15

Labour time: 0-3 hours

# of quotes: 3950

£347

£229 - £457

£314 - £643

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Austin

Parts costs: £99.02 - £247.69

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 16

£170

£143 - £255

£206 - £345

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Bentley

Parts costs: £187.56 - £372.24

Labour time: 0-4 hours

# of quotes: 12

£363

£234 - £505

£317 - £760

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BMW

Parts costs: £156.79 - £375.15

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 6520

£316

£206 - £414

£286 - £576

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Cadillac

Parts costs: £134.39 - £161.27

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1

£199

£200 - £200

£292 - £292

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £210.13 - £516.93

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 421

£364

£237 - £480

£307 - £615

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £193.36 - £344.83

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 620

£297

£221 - £336

£286 - £443

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Citroen

Parts costs: £132.62 - £335.74

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 5383

£258

£182 - £362

£257 - £499

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Dacia

Parts costs: £120.79 - £271.25

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 134

£225

£181 - £291

£264 - £402

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £121.11 - £434.14

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 29

£273

£170 - £411

£243 - £532

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £151.95 - £401.21

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 60

£284

£195 - £390

£269 - £511

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Dodge

Parts costs: £175.99 - £439.70

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 158

£333

£222 - £415

£302 - £537

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DS

Parts costs: £287.25 - £522.61

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2

£414

£345 - £518

£459 - £686

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Ferrari

Parts costs: £255.47 - £306.56

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1

£316

£318 - £318

£432 - £432

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Fiat

Parts costs: £158.39 - £373.63

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 3659

£277

£207 - £374

£288 - £499

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Ford

Parts costs: £144.94 - £353.02

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 17521

£259

£194 - £343

£272 - £451

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Honda

Parts costs: £207.99 - £506.26

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1676

£375

£257 - £493

£347 - £648

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £137.59 - £353.99

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1660

£272

£181 - £344

£252 - £452

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Infiniti

Parts costs: £237.02 - £352.80

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 3

£309

£286 - £343

£382 - £451

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Isuzu

Parts costs: £322.10 - £459.27

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 20

£392

£376 - £437

£493 - £568

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Iveco

Parts costs: £262.51 - £388.03

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 96

£340

£301 - £372

£391 - £486

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £180.15 - £345.53

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 956

£290

£229 - £337

£314 - £443

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Jeep

Parts costs: £186.56 - £481.26

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 321

£349

£236 - £488

£322 - £655

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Kia

Parts costs: £172.92 - £383.48

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1198

£285

£211 - £369

£284 - £481

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Lancia

Parts costs: £217.31 - £260.77

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1

£282

£303 - £303

£432 - £432

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £231.78 - £506.26

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2178

£375

£281 - £476

£376 - £615

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LDV

Parts costs: £178.83 - £297.21

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 231

£258

£205 - £297

£267 - £395

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Lexus

Parts costs: £207.09 - £459.27

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 218

£348

£256 - £447

£346 - £587

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London Taxi's International

Parts costs: £295.99 - £355.19

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2

£344

£345 - £345

£453 - £453

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Lotus

Parts costs: £141.22 - £169.46

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2

£180

£190 - £190

£267 - £267

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Maserati

Parts costs: £194.44 - £739.49

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 7

£420

£244 - £694

£331 - £895

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Mazda

Parts costs: £181.72 - £412.29

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 934

£306

£225 - £393

£305 - £510

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £159.04 - £410.72

Labour time: 0-3 hours

# of quotes: 4320

£357

£208 - £495

£289 - £715

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MG

Parts costs: £139.43 - £287.96

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 193

£242

£183 - £305

£254 - £418

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MINI

Parts costs: £147.88 - £312.24

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 865

£277

£197 - £342

£275 - £475

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £181.19 - £391.82

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 518

£297

£230 - £376

£315 - £490

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Nissan

Parts costs: £175.96 - £380.98

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 3013

£294

£225 - £367

£309 - £479

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Perodua

Parts costs: £143.99 - £178.55

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 4

£191

£193 - £198

£271 - £276

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £135.99 - £326.39

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 7695

£263

£185 - £354

£261 - £489

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Peugeot Talbot

Parts costs: £182.64 - £312.23

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 19

£276

£225 - £347

£304 - £486

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Porsche

Parts costs: £238.43 - £423.19

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 148

£372

£301 - £445

£411 - £607

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Proton

Parts costs: £122.75 - £183.64

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 21

£184

£170 - £202

£242 - £281

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Renault

Parts costs: £136.83 - £357.70

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 5923

£294

£186 - £407

£262 - £575

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Rover

Parts costs: £116.01 - £403.19

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 321

£268

£149 - £385

£204 - £501

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Saab

Parts costs: £147.99 - £442.60

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 472

£297

£197 - £434

£275 - £573

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SEAT

Parts costs: £151.19 - £332.70

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1002

£260

£200 - £326

£279 - £430

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Skoda

Parts costs: £157.59 - £340.79

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 780

£270

£207 - £333

£287 - £439

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Smart

Parts costs: £159.19 - £314.36

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 402

£295

£208 - £371

£289 - £532

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Ssangyong

Parts costs: £161.99 - £407.99

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 33

£273

£190 - £389

£251 - £506

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Subaru

Parts costs: £213.99 - £331.19

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 81

£286

£230 - £325

£289 - £429

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £133.64 - £238.75

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 582

£220

£183 - £259

£258 - £358

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Toyota

Parts costs: £167.95 - £381.43

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 3336

£288

£217 - £367

£299 - £479

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £134.41 - £316.79

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 13323

£262

£183 - £324

£259 - £436

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £171.88 - £368.32

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 6800

£299

£221 - £361

£304 - £477

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Volvo

Parts costs: £163.99 - £355.82

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1146

£266

£202 - £346

£273 - £454

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Recent Starter Motor repair quotes

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£164.32

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Peugeot 207
Cheltenham
£202.96

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Vauxhall Astra
London
£165.46

Starter motor replacement

Peugeot 107
Birmingham
£213.86

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Audi A4 Avant
Birmingham