Local dealerships, repair shops and national chains, such as PepBoys, all repair ignition switches, as it is a common repair. The cost of this repair often ranges from about $350 to over $500, as of 2015.
The cost of the ignition switch part ranges from less than $15 to over $550, depending on the make and model of a car. If it is a single piece, as some are, or an aftermarket product, this may change the cost, as many times an aftermarket part is less expensive than those that come from the dealership. The cost of labor adds anywhere from $50 to $120 per hour to the total cost, and this repair usually takes one to two hours.
If the car receiving the repair has an anti-theft device, attempting to remove this ignition switch without proper tools may cause the car to become inoperable. The actual procedure for removing and replacing the ignition switch varies depending on the car, but in some cases, removal of the entire steering column cover is necessary. Symptoms that an ignition switch is faulty include difficulty turning the key, an engine that runs even after the key is no longer in the ignition and a steering wheel that is difficult to unlock or lock.