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What to do when your car won’t start

Michael James

What to do when your car won't start

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as when a car won’t start. Whether you have one or more cars, it’s inconvenient when a vehicle doesn’t start. And it seems it often occurs when at the most inappropriate time — an important meeting or taking children to school.

Dealing with a car that won’t start is best to resolve quickly. Here are some top tips to deal with a car that won’t start:

Identify The Problem

What seems to be the issue with the car itself? Typically, there might be something that indicates where the problem is, and it’s usually a dashboard sensor will engage while you attempt to start the engine. Warning lights, often are identified via icons on the dashboard near the odometer.

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Do Some Troubleshooting; Is It A Quick Fix?

Before doing anything else, it’s worthwhile checking if it’s something that’s a quick fix or not. Is it something that you can fix yourself by simply looking in the car manual? It might not always be possible to fix yourself and it’s not worth attempting to tweak anything unless you have automotive repair skills.

It’s better to seek professional assistance than to potentially further compromise your vehicle.

Call Your Insurers

Before you go any further with getting help from professionals, be sure to call your insurers. That way, you can assess what type of breakdown cover you have and how that might influence how much you end up paying for repairs

Ideally, the more insurance coverage you have, the better for your finances. However, not everyone can afford full coverage at a premium cost.

Speak To Your Local Car Shop

Speak to your local car shop for advice. Mechanics or other service technicians might be able to offer you some guidance on how to fix the car without having to make an appointment. In some instances, an auto professional may be able to offer remote services.

Consider A Towing Service

If you’re unable to move the car, consider towing assistance. It’s worth the cost, especially if you’re away from home and need quick assistance.

Article Last Updated: August 14, 2023.

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