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If you require alternator repair or replacement, compare costs across garages near you with WCFMC.

Is your battery not charging? Do your headlights dim when you press the accelerator?

If so, you probably have an Alternator Fault. These issues may also indicate a starter motor or battery failure.


Enter your registration in the form above to receive instant quotes for alternator repair and get booked in today!

Top garages for Alternator Repair (12,529 found)
Mark Askey Motor Services
191 Jobs Completed
Newcastle under lyme
4.9 / 5

Mark Askey Motor Services was established in 2003 taking care of our locals in the Newcastle, Stoke On Trent area. With over 35 years experience in the motor trade we pride ourselves on our workmanship and our customer care.

No job is too big or too small here at Mark Askeys, taking on all Makes and Models and all maintenance and repairs.

Clocktower Auto Centre Ltd
149 Jobs Completed
Molesey
3.9 / 5

Hi
We are based near Hampton Court and have a staff of 6 mechanics we can do a full range of Services, Tyres and MOT's.
We are open 7 days a week and are happy to offer a collect and drop off service to our local area.

T&G Autos
213 Jobs Completed
Westmidlands
5.0 / 5

My name’s Gareth, owner of T&G Autos, mobile Mechanic offering servicing and repairs

KwikFix MK
27 Jobs Completed
Milton Keynes
4.0 / 5

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Mobile Mechanics and Tyres
2358 Jobs Completed
Barnet
4.8 / 5

Services provided:

-- Can build and assemble machines or mechanical components according to requirements
-- Able to Inspect machines, engines, transmissions etc. and run diagnostic tests to discover functionality issues
-- Will aim to troubleshoot reported problems and resolve them in a timely manner
-- Will perform thorough maintenance on machinery, equipment and systems
-- Will clean and apply lubricants to components
-- Will replenish engine fluids and components
-- Will provide consultation on correct maintenance and preventative measures
-- Can also undertake other duties (e.g. repair of hydraulic systems)
-- Can provide logs of work and report on issues

Experience:

Proven experience as Mechanic for 12 years.
Excellent knowledge of machinery and hydraulic, electrical and other systems and their components.
Experienced in using various precision tools (I have equipment to perform most mechanical work).
Will follow established procedures and practices with a strong commitment to health and safety.
Very good communication skills with problem-solving capabilities.
Very good physical strength and stamina

Qualifications:

BTEC national diploma motor vehicles (2 year course)
HNC motor vehicles (1 year course)
HND motor vehicles (1 year course)
IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) MOT Certification NT / AE / Site Manager

Classes of Vehicles tested:

Class Descriptionwheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)
4 Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)
4 Motor caravans
4 Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)
4 Dual purpose vehicles
4 Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
4 Ambulances and taxis
4 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)
4 Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)
4a Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation checkPrivate passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)
5 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)
5 Playbuses
5a Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
5a Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
7 Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight

D&G Autocare - Musselburgh
398 Jobs Completed
Musselburgh
4.7 / 5

Proud to be Central Scotland’s No.1 autocare centre, D&G Autocare provide our customers with the best deals on MOTs, tyres, exhausts, brakes, servicing, suspensions, clutches and garage repairs! We’re equipped to fix all garage repairs and replace all car parts. We also supply tyres and wheels and have VOSA Authorised Testing Facilities up to Class 7 commercial Vehicles. Company cars, fleet and lease vehicles are welcome too. With our knowledge and experience, we provide our customers with a service that’s second to none, together with fantastic value for money and the best guarantees in the business.

George mobile/garage mechanic
82 Jobs Completed
london
4.8 / 5

Hi My Name is Dorde. Commonly called as "George" by many. I own a garage in HA97NE. My garage is located 6 minutes walk from North Wembley Station. My business started in year 2016 and been working as a mechanic for more than 15 years. I specializes in diagnosing and repairing all aspects of auto repair issues from brakes, starters, axles, fuel systems, electrical systems, to head gaskets, intakes, timing belts and exhaust work and body work. My mobile number isand my email address is [email protected] Our garage is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 2pm during Saturday. In George Garage we value your car repair needs:-)

MDK Vehicle Repairs Ltd
30 Jobs Completed
West Sussex
5.0 / 5

Hello
.MDK Vehicle Repairs Ltd offers a mobile solution for your vehicle repairs, some of the services we offer are Alternators, Batteries, Brakes, Drive Belts, Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspections, Servicing, Starter Motors, Suspension and General Repairs. .Having over 40 years experience in the Motor Trade working in main dealers and large independent garages, I also worked for the RAC for 12 years from 2003 as a patrol and was one of the top 50 patrols in the Company. I am City & Guilds qualified and I keep myself up to date with the latest technology. Quality of work and delivering excellent customer satisfaction is extremely important to me. I work mobile and can come to either your home address or place of work if you require.

I also offer preparation of classic vehicles for touring rallies, for many years I have been the mechanical support on the Liege - Brescia - Liege Rally and have provided running repairs to numerous makes of classic vehicles from 2 stroke Berkleys, Micro Cars,, Triumph TR 2's TR 6's, E Type and XK Jags, TVR's to name a few.

Thank you in advance for considering me to look after your vehicle.

Regards

Mike.

Quality Mobile Vehicle Solutions LTD
177 Jobs Completed
Weymouth
4.7 / 5

As mechanics we specialised in Diesel engines gearboxes and auto electrics, I specialise in electronic diagnostics (management lights etc). I pride myself to be reasonable on price and quality of work, not quantity for full customer satisfaction!

K&B Car Centre
124 Jobs Completed
Nottingham
4.8 / 5

Been in the motor trade for 20 years. Nvq level 2 & 3 and am also an MOT Tester. Excellent customer service skills having been involved in all aspects of garage work management etc. Very fare when it comes to pricing and also offer collect and deliver within a certain radius

Halfords Autocentre Leeds (Roseville)
11 Jobs Completed
Leeds
5.0 / 5

Halfords Autocentres is the UK’s leading chain of over 300 independent wholly owned garages, specialising in MOTs, servicing, Tyres, and all types of mechanical repairs from brakes & suspension to clutches and timing belts. Our highly trained ATA technicians have access to the latest diagnostic equipment and vehicle service data allowing us to service and repair all makes of cars to dealer standards.

We continue to invested in training to ensure we are prepared for future challenges, for example we have Hybrid trained technicians at all sites. Our extensive equipment investment ensure that we can meet the requirements of a changing vehicle parc with heavy lift capability in most sites for the growing van fleet and upgraded diagnostic equipment to handle the vast range of new drive assistance systems found on new cars.

Hesketh Commercials ltd
137 Jobs Completed
Stevenage
4.2 / 5

Hesketh Commercials covers all makes and models but prides themselves as a larger vehicles and hgv specialists, their head mechanic worked in garages as a specialist for over 18 years, using only the highest quality parts and finest labour,

With options to come straight to your door or collection and delivery , repairs and servicing available at affordable prices, reliable and honest, call now to discuss any and all of your car or van or even truck requirements, they repair your issue when possible not just replace the part because its easy but usually cost more so we try save you money by doing the job properly first time.

Deniz Auto Repairs & Servicing
237 Jobs Completed
Enfield
4.8 / 5

We are a fully equipped MOT station with 3 ramps and fully qualified engineers. Some of our engineers have over 40 years of experience, which is evident in the efficient quality work they carry out. Our garage has been established for 10 years and we can confidently deal with all cars; from French or German to English! We have scanners for checks on ABS lights, engine management, air bags, and many more services!

Our garage's slogan is 'We'd rather charge cheaper so the customer will be happier and come back."

QRS Auto Service
2 Job Completed
Chester
5.0 / 5

We are members of the Bosch Car Service Network which is a national network of independent garages. Our objective is to provide you with a friendly and professional service for all your motoring needs at a fair and affordable price, using Bosch and Original Equipment quality parts. Our garages are fully equipped with modern, innovative diagnostic systems for quick and accurate trouble-shooting.
We are audited by, and accredited to the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) to guarantee that we maintain the high standards set by Bosch.
You can rely on us for fast, expert and affordable vehicle servicing and repair work. For everything your car needs.

Marsh Tyres & Autos
126 Jobs Completed
Exeter
4.8 / 5

Here at Marsh tyres We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional and speedy service at all times, whilst maintaining the highest quality of work with unbeatable prices on tyres, call now for the best all in price.

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Alternator Repair
Frequently asked questions
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What is a car alternator?

The car's alternator performs a simple, but vital job: to keep your car's battery charged. The battery is responsible for starting the car, spark plugs, lights, electrics, and sometimes power steering - quite a job - so it's essential that it's topped up - and that's what the alternator does.

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What are common problems with an alternator?

The alternator acts like a small generator: the engine spins it, and the alternator turns that spinning motion into electricity.The most common problems are worn brushes (the component that maintains constant electrical contact with the spinning alternator) and a failing voltage regulator (which ensures that the charge is sent to the battery at the correct voltage.)

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What are the common symptoms of alternator problems?

Common signs of car alternator problems include the 'charge' or battery lights flashing on the dashboard, flickering or dimming headlights and interior lights and a growling or whining noise under the bonnet.

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What is the average alternator repair cost?

An alternator can be rebuilt as opposed to replaced, however in truth the difference in cost is often quite small. Either way the most common repair cost is around £150-200.

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How to test an alternator for problems

A simple way to test an alternator for problems is to do what's known as the headlight test. Park your car with the headlights on or run it in neutral, then rev the engine. If the headlights dim you could well have an alternator problem. A better test is to take your car to a garage, where a car alternator can be tested using a multimeter tool.

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What happens if my alternator breaks?

If your alternator fails, your car battery won't charge and, very soon, will have insufficient charge to start the car.

Average rating for  Alternator Repair  bookings

4.73

758 reviews

Alternator Prices

Alternator repair prices can vary depending on your car due to differences in labour time and parts needed but you can expect to pay between £250-£300. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar.com for some of the top car makes.


Alternator Repair Cost by Car Make
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Ford£280.69
Vauxhall£289.65
Volkswagen£296.41
Mercedes£340.44
Renault£323.46
Peugeot£302.12
BMW£328.81
Audi£315.03
Toyota£287.29
Citroen£335.82
Nissan£318.93
MINI£343.84
Volvo£299.95

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 30/06/2020 and 28/09/2020.

When should you change an Alternator?

Here are some of the most common signs that your alternator is on the way out:

·      The alternator warning light will be on – in most cases this is shaped like a battery, but some cars will show ‘ALT’ or ‘GEN’

·      You may experience extremely bright or dimming headlights, or a speedometer that stops working

·      Drivers sometimes complain of a growling or whining noise before the alternator gives out

·      You may experience a smell of hot wires or burning rubber

 

The average alternator repair cost is between £250 and £300, depending on the car you drive, so it’s important you make sure you find the best deal. And that’s where we can help.

 



What does an Alternator do?

An alternator is a generator of electric power in your car and is a major component of your vehicle's charging system. Whenever your engine is running, the alternator charges your battery and supplies additional electric power for the vehicle's electrical systems.

An alternator is attached to the engine and is driven by a drive belt (also known as a serpentine belt). The alternator is a vital part of the electrical system as it delivers the power necessary to keeping energy running through the system.

If your alternator has failed, your car battery will soon lose power.

Alternator problems can be a major problem because a car cannot actually start without power in the battery. This is because the starter motor requires electricity to get the engine going.

Starter motor repair can be included in an alternator repair though it may have to be replaced if there has been a serious electrical problem caused from a broken alternator.

On average, an alternator can last for 8-12 years without any repairs. If an alternator fails, the car may still run on battery power alone for a short time but will die as soon as the battery charge is depleted. Replacing an alternator with a new unit is quite expensive, though alternator prices will change depending on the vehicle. Alternator price is shown at the top of this page when it comes to the average cost. However, the only way to get an accurate alternator repair quote, is by entering your details in the box above.

 


Reconditioned Alternators

A reconditioned alternator is a part which has been repaired by a parts repair specialist and it can be fitted in place of a brand new alternator if yours need to be replaced.

There are a number of parts which can be reconditioned and fitted into a car at a lower cost than a new part and some garages may offer you the option of having a reconditioned alternator fitted as opposed to a new alternator.

 

 

Where can I get an Alternator repaired?

·      Simply enter your car registration number

·      Give us some details about your vehicle and the symptoms you're experiencing

·      We’ll send you a great selection of quotes from mechanics in your area

·      We use our network of mechanics and garages across the UK to find you the best deal.

·      You can then compare the quotes, read reviews from previous customers and book your alternator repair online.

·      Enter your registration to compare alternator repair prices, read reviews and book your car in online.

Gary from Complete Mechanics explains the workings of the alternator