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Top garages for My Car Won't Start in London (2,068 found)
Mobile Mechanics and Tyres
5523 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. an

FT MECHANICS & SERVICING
37 Jobs Completed
London
4.8 / 5

At FT Mechanics & Servicing we have been providing all aspects of mechanical servicing to cars and vans in Barnet and surrounding areas for a number of years. We hav

Car Technic
539 Jobs Completed
Tottenham
5.0 / 5

Car Technic offers car repairs in Tottenham and further-a-field, such as Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Walthamstow, Finsbury Park and Wood Green. We carry all the lates

National Rescue
61 Jobs Completed
Chessington
4.7 / 5

You probably already knew that National Rescue have been recovering customer's vehicles in the local area for over fifty years, but did you also know that our well equipp

Perivale Motors
126 Jobs Completed
Greenford
3.8 / 5

VSC Car Servicing & MOT - RAC Accredited Repairer
2203 Jobs Completed
Hounslow
4.3 / 5

Most vehicle owners are frustrated with dealer prices and having to wait weeks for an appointment. At VSC, you can get a same-day booking (on most days) for Mot, Servici

Universal Cars Ltd
1041 Jobs Completed
London
4.5 / 5

Universal Cars Ltd has been in operation since 2015, carrying out all forms of mechanical repairs, maintenance work, servicing, MOT’s and bodywork in our garage, with no

PKB Motor Company
905 Jobs Completed
Beckenham
4.7 / 5

We strive to become the best and most trusted local garage in Beckenham providing a main dealer, high level service at a price you can enjoy. All of our works are carri

Marvelous Cars Mobile Mechanic
1891 Jobs Completed
Watford
4.4 / 5

Here at Marvelous Cars, we strive to provide the best vehicle repair and services to our customers. We are a mobile mechanic that provides on-the-go services wherever and

London Motor Sports Ltd
2467 Jobs Completed
London
4.7 / 5

London Motor Sports professional garage with great experience in the car industry, based in White-City London W127AH. Our main focus has always been to deliver best qu

Buffalo Autos
918 Jobs Completed
Essex
4.2 / 5

We are a hard working family run business. If we cant fix your problem on your drive, we have a fully equipped workshop that is capable to fix most jobs. At Buffalo's we

CPS Automotive Ltd.
838 Jobs Completed
Byfleet
5.0 / 5

We are a family run business with over 15 years of experience in all vehicle makes and models. We have a good reputation and positive feedback throughout all of our custo

TN Motor Services
92 Jobs Completed
croydon
5.0 / 5

Our mechanics are handpicked professionals dedicated to providing a top quality service and have 10-25+ years of experience working in dealerships and private shops. We t

SL motor's
21 Jobs Completed
Croydon
5.0 / 5

Ade Auto Repairs
4542 Jobs Completed
London
4.5 / 5

Welcome to Ade Auto Repairs. We understand that in society today people depend a lot on their vehicles, and if they breakdown, you want the repair and maintenance of you

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Car Won't Start? Find a mechanic near London
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 in London bookings

4.55

80 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 in London
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Volkswagen£70.58
Peugeot£77.41
Nissan£76.09
Ford£83.32
Vauxhall£87.93
BMW£61.84

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 01/03/2024 and 30/05/2024.

Hopefully our FAQ section has answered some of the questions you may have about getting your car to start. However, if you would like more information, we have the produced the following guide to help you understand the subject in greater detail.

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

If your car won’t start it can be extremely irritating as there may be no way of knowing what the problem is. You may have a minor issue that you could resolve with a small amount of maintenance or it could be a major problem that requires a professionally trained mechanic to diagnose and repair.

If your car is not starting the best thing to do is get a mechanic to come out to where you live and take a look at the vehicle which you can do by entering your details in the form above.

If you would like to learn what the problem may be, read on!

No start on a rainy day

If your car seems to be working fine on a dry day but won’t start when it’s raining, it’s likely that the distributer cap has moisture inside. Fortunately, this is not disastrous and will not 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 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 mixed in 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 asap. 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.

If you need to jump start your car due to a dead battery, follow these instructions. However, don’t forget to have your vehicle checked by a local London based mechanic even if a jump start works.

  • Find your jump cables
  • Line another car up and park it, leaving both ignitions off
  • Remove the caps from each battery
  • Connect the cables
  • Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery (it will have POS or a plus sign on it and it may be bigger than the negative terminal)
  • Attach the red clip on the other end to the terminal of the other car.
  • Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal of the working cars battery
  • Attach the other end of the black clip to a surface area of unpainted metal on the car that isn’t working (somewhere far away from the carburettor or battery)
  • Try to start your engine

If the engine starts, brilliant! Take a drive around London as this will recharge the battery.

If it doesn’t, go back and make sure the cables are all attached properly and let the other car run for five minutes or so.

If the car still won’t start, then it is likely your car has a major issue that you should get a mechanic to look as soon as possible.

Finding a mechanic you can trust to do a good job and charge a fair price is not always easy. We work with a network of 17,975 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find a competitive repair deal for you.

To find the best garages available in London:

  • 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 London

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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