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Car won’t start? Find trusted local garages and mobile mechanics to get you back on the road

WhoCanFixMyCar will find you the best quotes available that are local to you if your car won’t start.

Whatever the symptoms (for example, a clicking noise, or an issue with cold mornings, or after a long drive), one of our specialists will put things right for a competitive price.

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Frequently asked questions
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What are common reasons a car won't start?

The most common reasons a car won't start are as follows: a flat battery, corroded or poor battery connection, fuel pump faults (or no fuel), a carburetor or choke issue, a fuel-injection fault, or a damp distributor cap.
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Why won't my car start in cold weather?

A cold-weather start problem is usually caused by one of two reasons: first, car batteries are less efficient in cold weather and may not have enough power to turn the engine (you may hear a clicking noise, or the starter may only turn the engine slowly.) Second, cold weather can point towards a problem with your carburetor or choke - in older cars - or fuel injection system in newer cars.
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Why won't my car start after a long drive?

A 'hot start problem', as it is known, typically points to an engine-management or sensor issue, for example: temperature sensor, oxygen sensor / lambda sensor giving an incorrect reading, leading to an incorrect air/fuel mix and ignition timing. It could also be a crankshaft sensor issue - again, leading to poor ignition timing.
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My car won't start and it just clicks. Why?

If you turn the key and just hear a clicking noise, this is because your car battery is flat. The clicking you hear is the ignition circuit activating, but the battery has insufficient power to turn the starter motor and start the car. It can be resolved with a new battery, a jump start from another car, or, in manual-transmission cars, a push-start.
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Does WhoCanFixMyCar work with mobile mechanics?

Yes! Many of our members are mobile mechanics, and plenty more are fixed-location garages with a mobile service, such as a call-out van. Post your job and you'll see which members are able to come to you.
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How much does it cost to get my car started?

Typically, a mechanic or garage will have a 'call out' charge of around £50, which includes some diagnosis time. That may be all you have to pay! Additional labour time or components will cause the cost to rise of course - just post your job to assess your options.

Average rating for  My Car Won't Start  bookings

4.76

278 reviews

Car Won't Start? Here are average costs to get you back on the road

The cost of a fixing a car that won't start can vary depending on exactly what is causing the issue. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar.com for some of the top car makes.


My Car Won't Start Cost by Car Make
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Ford£75.05
BMW£95.22
Vauxhall£96.16
Volkswagen£67.39
Nissan£77.82
Renault£68.14
Audi£65.69

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 20/05/2022 and 18/08/2022.

Car won't start?

There are a variety of reasons for a car not starting as there are many systems which effect the mechanism for starting an engine and getting a car on the go.

It can be incredibly irritating for your car not to start as there’s often no way of knowing what the problem is.

You may have a minor issue that could be resolved with a small amount of maintenance.

But on the other hand, there could be a major problem that requires a professionally trained mechanic to diagnose and repair.

If your car won't turn on the best thing to do is get a mobile mechanic to come out to where you live and inspect the vehicle which you can do by entering your details in the form above.



Car not starting on a rainy day

If your car seems to be working fine on a dry day but then won’t start when it’s raining, it’s likely that the car’s distributer cap has moisture inside.

Fortunately, this is not disastrous and won’t require a huge amount of repair work from a mechanic. All that is involved in the service is using solvent to evaporate moisture from the unit.

If you think you can carry out this job yourself and know where your distribution cap is, it is essential that you keep the following points in mind.

·        Only use a lint free rag

·        Only use clean solvent as even a speck of petrol will cause an explosion within your car.

This is the easiest job to self-diagnose and complete without the help of a mechanic.


However, the following issues should be referred onto a professional should you see these symptoms in your own car:

·        The car engine starts but then dies

·        The car engine makes a clicking noise and won’t start

·        The car cranks over but won’t start

·        The car is silent when you turn the key in the ignition

·        The car won’t start on cold mornings

·        The engine misses while idling

·        The engine misses or hesitates during acceleration

·        The engine knocks or pings


There is no way of knowing what could be causing you an issue, so it is essential that you have a mechanic assess your car as quickly as possible.

If your car battery has died this will be an easier problem to resolve as all that is required is a jump from another vehicle.



Finding a Local Mechanic to Assess Your Car

Finding a mechanic that you can trust to do a good job and charge a fair price is not always easy.

We work with a network of mechanics and garages across the UK and using our site can find a competitive repair deal for you.



To find the best garages available in your area:

·        Enter your car registration number

·        Give us a few details about your car and your requirements

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

·        You can then compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the best deal in your area, before booking the repair online.

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