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How much does it cost to replace an interior door handle?

The average cost for an inside door handle replacement is $60-$250. But keep in mind that those are averages, and your actual cost will depend on your vehicle and your location. 
How long does an interior door handle replacement take? Generally, a trained mechanic should take between 30 minutes to 1 hour to replace an inner door handle, though actual repair times can vary based on the car. 
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need to replace my interior door handle, and how much do those parts cost?

Your vehicle repair guide or
owner’s manual
may contain more detailed information regarding replacement parts, but here’s a general list of what you might need:
  • Interior door handle: Depending on your car and the damage, a new door handle is likely to be the only replacement part you need. A new one can range from $10 to $50.
  • Door panel: If your door panel is damaged, you may choose to replace it during your handle replacement. This part can cost between $100 and $500. 
  • Door lock actuator: If your door handle is worn out, your door lock actuator may also be in rough shape. If you need to replace this part, expect to pay between $50 and $200 for a new one. 
  • Window regulator: If your window regulator is damaged, you’ll likely need to replace it when you replace the door handle. A new regulator should cost between $50 and $200.
  • Door trim hardware: These small plastic clips and fasteners secure the door panel. It’s common to break or lose these parts when performing door repairs. Luckily, a pack usually costs less than $10. 
We recommend purchasing parts at local auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, as well as online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. We also recommend reputable brands such as Dorman, ACDelco, and Genuine Parts Company (GPC) for interior door handle components, ensuring convenient and reliable door access from the inside of your vehicle. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
When it’s time to replace your door handle, you can choose between original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket parts. 
OEM parts are designed specifically for your vehicle. They come with a warranty from your car’s manufacturer and are typically high quality. Aftermarket parts, on the other hand, tend to cost less but may not be an exact fit for your vehicle. 
While OEM parts are generally the best choice for a door handle replacement, quality aftermarket options exist and may be a wise decision if you’re on a budget.
For OEM parts, you’ll need to contact your local dealership or authorized parts retailer. You can find aftermarket parts at your local car parts store—like AutoZone, O'Reilly Auto Parts or Advance Auto Parts—or at an online retailer like Amazon or RockAuto.

Where can I get my interior door handle replaced?

If you don’t have a go-to mechanic, it can be challenging to find a trustworthy repair shop. Fortunately, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can help you find the right mechanic by showing you hourly rates and repair quotes from more than 2,500 U.S. shops. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ helps you budget for repairs, learn about diagnostic fees, and find customer reviews for shops near you. Plus, you’ll be able to see real-time fair price estimates for local repair shops using their hourly rates.
Check out our vetted shops below and download the app to compare repair costs in your area. 
124 Reviews
Mobile 1 Lube Express
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826, 824 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
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Olympos Auto Service
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400 Jericho Turnpike, Mount Vernon, NY
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$135
139 Reviews
Chrome Rose Automotive
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215 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$95
164 Reviews
Aarons Automotive Service & Repair
address
718 Lawrence St NE, Marietta, GA
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my interior door handle?

If you have a faulty or broken door handle, these are the general steps your mechanic will follow to replace it:
  • Remove the screws from the door panel
  • Use a trim tool or flathead screwdriver to remove the retaining clips from the door panel
  • Remove the door panel
  • Peel back the plastic moisture barrier
  • Remove the inner door handle’s mounting hardware
  • Install the new door handle
  • Replace the mounting hardware
  • Replace the plastic barrier and door panel
  • Replace the retaining clips and door panel screws
  • Test the handle to ensure it works to open the door latch

What happens if I don’t replace my interior door handle?

If you don’t replace a faulty inner door handle, you’ll most likely face the following consequences:
  • Difficulty opening the door: If your door handle is worn out or broken, you may be unable to open the door.
  • Safety risks: A broken door handle may prevent you from exiting the vehicle during an emergency.
  • Inconvenience: If your car has one or more faulty door handles, you may have to crawl over the seats to exit the vehicle. This scenario is especially inconvenient if the front doors have bad handles. You may have to crawl from the driver's side to the passenger side, or even into the back seat to leave the car. 

What is an interior door handle?

An interior door handle or door knob is the mechanism you use to open your car door from inside the cabin. It’s usually a lever or pull handle that connects to the door’s latch. Door handles are typically plastic and may have textured surfaces or chrome accents for aesthetics. 

When should I replace my interior door handle?

As there is no replacement schedule for car door handles, you’ll only need to replace yours if they fail. Here are the most common signs of a faulty interior door handle:
  • The door handle is excessively loose
  • You have to pull the handle harder than normal to open it
  • You can’t open the door at all
Keep in mind: These symptoms may indicate issues with other parts of the door, like a faulty latch or worn-out exterior door handle. It’s always wise to visit a certified mechanic for an accurate diagnosis. 

How often should I replace my interior door handle?

There is no set replacement schedule for interior door handles. In fact, yours may even last for the car’s entire lifespan. That said, the handles can wear out over time and you’ll need to replace yours if it starts showing signs of failure. 

Can I replace my interior door handle myself?

A car door handle replacement can make an excellent DIY project. It requires a moderate level of automotive knowledge and basic tools. That said, if you’re uncomfortable performing the door handle repairs yourself, you should contact a professional mechanic for peace of mind. 

FAQs

The total cost for an interior door handle replacement averages $0, with $0 for parts and $0 for the mechanic’s labor. But remember that those numbers are averages and the exact price you’ll pay depends on your car and location.
Interior car door handles are the mechanisms that you use to open and close your vehicle doors from inside the cabin. They’re usually levers or pull handles that connect to the door latch.
Generally, installing a car door handle requires mid-level automotive experience. While it’s more complex than a basic
oil change
, replacing a door handle should be easy enough for most DIYers to tackle without issues.

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John Davis is an expert automotive writer and former automotive mechanic. John's work spans multiple categories, and he relishes the opportunity to research a new subject and expand his area of expertise and industry knowledge. To date, John has written more than 200 articles covering car maintenance and care, car advice, how-to guides, and more.
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Kathleen Flear is an expert insurance writer and editor who heads up Jerry’s editorial team as director of content. Kathleen empowers drivers to make smart car ownership decisions through  best-in-class articles on insurance, loans, and maintenance. Prior to joining Jerry in 2021, Kathleen served as managing editor for a team of SEO content marketing professionals at Article-Writing.co and worked as a freelance writer and editor for a range of digital publications, including Chicago Literati magazine and Golden Words. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Queen’s University, and a master’s degree in creative writing and fiction from Sierra Nevada University.
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