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Default Car won't start - car repairer call out?

Started the day badly...my car won't start and its down in our building's multistorey car park...so I can't get a recovery vehicle (too high).

I need an auto repairer to come on site to fix the car (a bit like AA or RAC do)...does anyone know of anyone? Yellow pages not of much use.

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Check your insurance policy as AXA sent out a guy to repair ours when it broke down last year.
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Started the day badly...my car won't start and its down in our building's multistorey car park...so I can't get a recovery vehicle (too high).

I need an auto repairer to come on site to fix the car (a bit like AA or RAC do)...does anyone know of anyone? Yellow pages not of much use.

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What's wrong? Do you have power? Does it turn over or not?
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What's wrong? Do you have power? Does it turn over or not?
..full battery power..when starting the starter motor just clicks..I'm told it might be a solenoid problem (dirty contacts) rather than the starter motor.
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Check your insurance policy as AXA sent out a guy to repair ours when it broke down last year.
..I'm with AXA to but the policy is just for recovery...the box for "Agency Repairs" is not ticked...will change it the next time !
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..full battery power..when starting the starter motor just clicks..I'm told it might be a solenoid problem (dirty contacts) rather than the starter motor.
Try spraying WD40 on the solenoid, battery terminals and starter motor. Sounds daft, but often works!
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..I'm with AXA to but the policy is just for recovery...the box for "Agency Repairs" is not ticked...will change it the next time !
Agency repairs refers to where the car is repaired in the event of an accident. Without it; the insurer can have any "bodge it n leg it" repairer do the work with non-genuine parts. Tick that box next time, mate!
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Agency repairs refers to where the car is repaired in the event of an accident. Without it; the insurer can have any "bodge it n leg it" repairer do the work with non-genuine parts. Tick that box next time, mate!
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Try spraying WD40 on the solenoid, battery terminals and starter motor. Sounds daft, but often works!
..will try..going out shopping now....but I thought was mainly for wet countries e.g., water and salt spray from roads in the UK.
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..will try..going out shopping now....but I thought was mainly for wet countries e.g., water and salt spray from roads in the UK.
Also helps to dislodge sand and anything else that causes a break in the connection. WD40 improves connectivity...allegedly!
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the company here is called AAA no AA
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..will try..going out shopping now....but I thought was mainly for wet countries e.g., water and salt spray from roads in the UK.
Depending on the make of car, you may have a road side assistance package included. Volvo, Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover do for sure cos I know the service provider. Others may also have this. Worth checking with your dealer.
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Default Re: Car won't start - car repairer call out?

...gave up in the end after phoning around for 3 hours...everyone refused to come to my car in the multistorey car park at my tower residence...recovery vehicles can't get in because of height restrictions...bought the parts (i.e., starter solenoid) myself and will fit them tomorrow.

Good luck to any other BE trying to get their car fixed at home.
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