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Learn About the Starter Repair Cost


How Much Does a Starter Cost?


How Much Does a Starter Cost?

The starter is essential to get the car engine to start, obviously. The starter is an electrical device which can become faulty over time or the connection may become broken. If the car occasionally or constantly fails to start, then you need to consult a certified mechanic as soon as possible. Starter costs will change depending on brand and where you choose to buy from.

Starter Labor and Part Costs

You can expect to pay around $100 for a starter. The price can be higher or lower depending on the year, make and model of your particular car. Starter costs are more expensive cars that can be up to $200 and more.

You can save money by purchasing a rebuilt starter instead of a new one. Save on labor costs by installing the starter yourself. If you don’t have the means or knowledge to get the job done yourself, then a mechanic can replace the starter for you. Ask them for an estimate to find out the exact labor costs. Starter replacement costs will be far lower by doing the work yourself rather than paying a mechanic for the labor.


How Much Does Labor Cost For a Starter Repair?

Like many parts for a car, the answer to this question will differ depending on what year, make and model you have. In general a starter repair won’t take as long as changing your fuel pump but not quite as easy as changing your air filter. The starter repair cost will also vary because it is more labor instensive. On average, replacing your starter should take between 1 to 1.5 hours. Accounting for an average of $100 an hour we could estimate the starter cost for labor should be around $100-$150 of labor. But this isn’t always going to be the case.

Because cars are built very differently, even between the same model and different years, you’ll still need to get a quote from your mechanic. Our list will help you gauge how long your car’s starter replacement costs might take and how much it might cost.


Vehicle OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Number List Price Our Price Labor Time (hrs) Independent Shops Estimate National Avg Labor Cost ($100/HR) Dealerships Estimate National Avg Labor Cost ($130/HR)
2007 Lexus LS400 28100-38020 $722.52  $183.15 3.8 $380.00 $494.00
2008 BMW 323i 12412344 $388.97 $173.25 2.2 $220.00 $286.00
2006 BMW X6 12417577257 $544.56 $202.95 3.1 $310.00 $403.00
2005 Porsche 911 99660410700 $377.75 $193.05 2.5 $250.00 $325.00
2004 Cadillac Escalade 12578050 $475.92 $173.25 3 $300.00 $390.00


Why do labor times vary so much?

Nearly every car model is built differently. Knowing this will help you understand why labor times vary so much. Different sized engines, engine bays, and different layouts will lead to some repairs taking longer and starter replacement costs being higher in comparison to cars that have an easily accessible starter.

Some bolts can be harder to get to than other cars or they may need special tools. Some cars require additional steps to be done before the job is complete. All of these things will lead to longer labor times and will also cost you more money. Much like the look and shape of a car is different, this can be equally as unique.

Keep in mind that labor times do vary, but so will the your starter repair costs between two different shops. Dealerships tend to cost more than independent shops there for being a cheaper option. And if the independent mechanic is well reviewed and does the work correctly, you’ll be saving yourself money in comparison to getting the work done at a dealership.


Vehicle Classification Model 1 Model 2 Model 3
Hatchbacks 2007 Chrysler Crossfire ~ 1 labor hrs 2007 Honda Fit ~ .9 Labor hrs 2007 Chevrolet Malibu ~ .9 Labor hrs
Sedans 2007 Honda Accord ~ 1 labor hrs 2007 Acura TL ~ 1.3 labor hrs  2007 Dodge Charger ~ 1 labor hrs
Wagons 2007 Dodge Caliber ~ 1.5 labor hrs 2007 Audi A6 ~ 2.6 labor hrs 2007 Volvo XC70 ~ 1.1 labor hrs
Sport Cars 2007 Nissan 350 Z ~ .9 labor hrs 2007 Honda S200 ~ 2 labor hrs 2007 BMW M5 ~ 7.9 labor hrs
SUVs/Crossovers 2007 Chrysler Pacifica ~ 3.5 labor hrs 2007 BMW X5 ~ 3 labor hrs 2007 Pontiac Torrent ~ 1 labor hrs
Pickup Trucks 2007 Honda Ridgeline ~ 1 labor hrs 2007 Toyota Tundra ~ .3 labor hrs 2007 Chevrolet Silverado ~ .8 labor hrs
  Range = 1 labor hrs to 7.9 labor hrs


How to Save Money on a Starter?

Most people get their car repaired at the local mechanic and simply buy the necessary parts directly from the mechanic. Reduce your car maintenance costs by shopping smartly. Find out the exact manufacturer part numbers for the components that are needed. But don’t buy from the mechanic. Enter the part numbers on our website and you will find cheaper prices for your car starter.


Find Your Starter

To find the correct starter that is guaranteed to fit your car at an unbeatable price, use the Year, Make, and Model search at the top left of this page. If you find the starter cheaper somewhere else, give one of our US based auto specialists a call and we will match that price. 1-888-907-7225. All of our starters come with Free Shipping and an industry leading warranty.




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