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Question DetailsAsked on 10/26/2017

i need auto mechanic at my apartment want to pay cash dont have credit card

need a starter replaced on 2001 pt cruiser and don't have credit card want to pay cash

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Auto Service would be the Search the List category for repair shops/techs - but that includes both mobile and shop-based mechanics, so you will probably have to google for mobile mechanics in your area, then cross-check their names (or company names) on Angies List for ratings/reviews.

I can't see the cash thing being a problem - US currency is legal tender for all debts in the US and cannot legally be refused as payment - though one does not have to carry cash to give chanzge for large bills. If by "cash" you meant a personal check, ask the vendor when you call - some tow truck drivers and delivery people and such will not accept that.

Before you call have in your mind (and convey to the vendor before he goes to get it) whether you want OEM starter (probably about $200-300 cost for the starter itself plus some labor time for the mechanic to go to a dealer to get it), after-market new (probably around $100-200 range), or a rebuilt one (commonly about $40-70 after trade-in on your old one).

Of course, unless you are a fair mechanic and diagnosed it yourself, might not be a starter problem at all - might be the starting solenoid (two in some systems - one on ignition, one on motor or adjacent to it), starting ignition slide switch, wiring issue, bad connection, blown fusible ignition circuit link, dead or bad battery, failed charging system component like voltage regulator or alternator, ignition or main computer problem, etc - so unless you absolutely know it is a bad starter motor I would ask for a diagnosis first and tell him what is happening (or not happening), not say you "want a new starer motor installed".

One other possibility - some repair shops will provide free towing or reimburse your towing cost if your repair bill with them is more than a certain amount - commonly around $500 - so that is an option too, though many starting problems will not quite run to the $500 range unless having it repaired at a dealer.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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