The cost of repairing or replacing a bad starter varies by vehicle. According to YourMechanic.com, a smaller, economical car such as a Volkswagen GTI costs about $300 including parts and labor, while a luxury vehicle such as a Lexus LS460 may cost over $1,000.
The starter is a necessary component in the ignition process, and a symptom of a faulty starter is an intermittent or constant no-start situation, similar to that of a dead battery. If the accessories of the car function, but the engine doesn't start, the problem is likely the starter motor. When a starter fails, it usually requires replacement instead of repair.