Starter or battery

Tiny
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  • 2008 BMW 328XI
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 60,000 MILES
Can a starter go out without any signs of it going out?
My car was at a body shop to repair a minor dent. It was there for a week and on the day I was suppose to pick up the car, they said the car would not start. Said they got a mechanic to look and said it was the starter and want $700.00 to fix it.
All lights comes on and brake pedal locked.
So is the body shop trying to scam me or can a starter just go out?

Thank you for any advice.
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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 12:30 PM

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Tiny
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Starters can go out suddenly without warning. I have had it even happen to my own personal car even. I cannot tell you for sure if the body shop is scamming anyone. Cannot see what is going on with the car.
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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 1:21 PM
Tiny
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Okay, thanks. Do not want to think bad about other people, but it was just a coincidence that it went out on the day I was going to pick it up.
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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 1:31 PM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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I seldom have problems with manufactures (usually the ones I get are lifetime warranty anyway!).

My Jeep starter shelled out a few weeks ago, I still had my receipt from, I believe, 1996, Lifetime!

I had the lady at the counter check my pulse.

I still qualified.

This is just one of several that I grabbed as an example

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/bosch-premium-100-remanufactured-starter-sr0492x/20840765-P?searchTerm=starters

If you or one of yours is handy, you might save a chunk DIY.

I like to offer alternatives if I can.

Yep, I have heard use dealership parts only (every now and again you must) In this case, I am just not seeing it.

Near the bottom of this one you will see I seldom ever have to buy normal wearing out parts for Mr. Jeep (or other vehicles in our family.)

https://www.2carpros.com/questions/1985-ford-mustang-cylinders-not-firing

One more secret?

Really not one, just overlooked!

This might even save $40.00 if you do get one.

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/2001-dodge-neon-milage-just-want-put-fliuds-their-locations

Keep us informed!

The Medic
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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 3:56 PM

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