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£58.87

Average price for a car electrical service

What can car electricians repair?

Auto electricians specialise in a car’s electrical systems. They primarily work on repairing, installing, inspecting, and maintaining all the electrical parts contained in a vehicle.

A contemporary car is packed with electronics and electrical components which, from time to time, can fail to work correctly. Perhaps the electric windows have stopped functioning, perhaps it's the wiper motor that’s busted, the car’s audio won’t work, the electric wing mirror motions no longer go in when you lock your car, a bulb in the headlights has dimmed, the fog lights won’t turn on, the tow bar plug becoming faulty or the electric sunroof.

Whatever the problem is, it usually requires a repair, replacement or diagnostics check by a car electrician, to ascertain whether a fuse has simply blown or whether the problem is more complex.

Car electrical repair average costs

Whilst prices vary depending on the fault at hand and the labour time needed to fix the problem, we’ve found that a diagnosis and fixing electrical faults can cost an average of £58.82 depending on your car make and model. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar for quotes on some of the common car makes.

Car MakeAverage Price
Audi£71.34
BMW£60.68
Citroen£60.10
Ford£59.59
Mercedes£60.29
MINI£57.46
Nissan£60.80
Peugeot£58.14
Renault£61.06
Toyota£62.20
Vauxhall£57.57
Volkswagen£70.86
Volvo£57.15

How can you find mobile car electricians on WhoCanFixMyCar?

Many auto electricians will even offer a mobile electrical repair service, so that you can get your electrical fault fixed from the convenience of your home. Whether you've got a faulty convertible roof, or your electric car windows are jammed, we work with a network of over 15,000 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find competitively priced car electricians near you. Simply follow the steps below to retrieve your quote:

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Common electrical problems with cars

Like the rest of the car’s components, your electrical system can fail too. 

However, to avoid a disaster, there are certain signs you can look out for which indicate electrical faults. That way, you can take your car to a garage upon the appearance of a couple of these symptoms for a diagnosis and subsequent repair. This will save you money in the long run by keeping extensive damage at bay and not putting you at risk of a complete electrical failure whilst out driving.

Signs that your car’s electrical system is failing:

  • You are experiencing battery issues

  • Headlights are dim

  • Fuses have blown out more than once in short space of time

  • There is a smell of burning plastic

  • The electronic components are not working e.g. the stereo or power windows

  • Car electrical repairs

    The average cost of a car electronics repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £56.44.

    Electrical faults are common, but there are many different types of fault because of a car's complex electrical system.

    Can include
    • Electrical system check
    • Fault diagnosis
    • Electrical repair
  • Electric car window repairs

    The average cost of electric car window repairs booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £76.16.

    Most modern car windows are controlled by the electrical system, rather than being opened and closed manually. If there’s a fault with the electrics, it can sometimes stop the window button from working. A professional will find the cause of the issue and perform a repair to get your parking sensors working again.

    Can include
    • Electrical inspection and diagnostic
    • Electric car window fault repairs
  • Car diagnostic test

    The average cost of a car diagnostic booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £48.

    Car diagnostics testing involves plugging your vehicle into special software that can reveal issues with its engine, electrical system, transmission, braking, exhaust system, and more. A specialist will run tests on your vehicle to expose the cause of any problems you're having with your car.

    Can include
    • Full diagnostic testing
    • Recommended repairs

Which car electrician service do you need?

Your car’s battery provides power to the starter. The alternator gives that battery the energy it demands to power your car. If any of these parts are not working as they should, your car won't start or run well. Here are some common services that car electricians will offer to look at:

Dead car battery

One of the most common electrical issues that a car electrician will come across, is a dead battery. Whilst a car battery can last between 3-5 years without needing to be replaced, it can die quicker than this and could possibly need replacing. The battery can also die if the car’s lights are left on, or the radio is played when the engine isn’t running anymore. In these scenarios, the car will need to be jump started to get it back up and running, as a dead battery will stop the car from firing up.

Failed starter

The starter motor’s role is to get the engine running by spinning the flywheel. If it is getting a weak supply of electricity then it is likely that you will hear some loud clicks or a series of clicks when you turn the key, but no noise will come from the engine. This is what signals that the starter motor should be replaced by a car electrician.

Malfunctioning alternator

While the engine is running, the alternator will be busy producing the electricity that is needed for the car to run. Any surplus power it produces is then collected in the battery to help start the car. General signs of alternator problems include issues with accessories, such as the power windows or heated seats, issues with the radio, or dim headlights.

Blown fuse

When the car’s fuses blow, or they are facing issues, then you will notice that the functions and accessories of the vehicle will stop working. Often, a bad or blown fuse will produce symptoms to alert you that there is a problem. Fuses regulate the amount of electrical power that flows to a certain system, making sure it is not overloaded. Sometimes, when it has been sent too much electricity, it can end up blowing and cut off power to the circuit in order to protect it from the possibility of damage. If you find or suspect that one or more of your fuses are blown or may be having an issue, have the vehicle inspected and diagnosed by a car electrician near you.

Ratings of car electrical repairs on WhoCanFixMyCar

What are the major components in a car’s electrical system?

Beyond the car’s centre console, there are many more electrical parts situated throughout the vehicle. 

A car simply cannot run without its electronics functioning effectively.

Faults with the electrical system are fairly common, with particular issues more likely to occur in given situations.

From battery failures to faulty switches and connections, it's  wise to familiarise yourself with the electrical system basics. The major electrical components of your car include the car’s battery, the alternator, fuses, ground circuit and starter motor. 

What are some of the common car electrical problems?

While the battery, alternator and lights are common electrical faults irrespective of the age of your vehicle; there are other electrical parts that can break or wear over time. The spark plugs, for instance, are worn down by a fraction each time they are used to ignite the fuel inside the engine.

Is diagnosing and replacing the electrical car parts covered under the warranty?

Your car’s electrical parts are known as a “wear and tear” part. Wear and tear parts are items that are expected to wear out over time and thus should be replaced as a part of regular maintenance. Most warranties will not cover the replacement or repair for electrical components.

Are electrical part replacements covered by insurance?

Electrical parts replacement is not covered by insurance in most cases.

How much does an electrical fault repair cost?

The cost of electrical fault repairs will vary massively as the category itself is so large. Whether your power windows are failing, or you need your stereo refitted, these are vastly different jobs for a mechanic to carry out.

Although, the average cost on our site is relatively inexpensive sitting at around £58, with little difference between car makes and models.