Melanie Reiff
Updated on Aug 11, 2022
Electric car door lock switches are commonplace in modern vehicles for convenience, accessibility, and automation. However, the lock’s electric circuits are susceptible to failure and need to be checked for functionality if any issues arise.
Having car door lock switches are necessary for the security of your vehicle and its contents. That’s why the insurance broker app Jerry has compiled everything you need to know about checking your car door locks.
The exact cost varies between different Kia models. For example, newer vehicle models are usually made with more expensive materials, so recent or high-end models will cost more, especially if your service requires a part replacement. Use the table below to estimate the cost for your own vehicle.
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
2017
$60$0$60$601h
2015
Kia 
Forte5
$60$0$60$601h
2000
$60$0$60$601h
1995
Kia 
Sephia
$60$0$60$601h
2014
$60$0$60$601h
2004
Kia 
Magentis
$60$0$60$601h

What is an electric car door lock?

An electronic car door lock is a rocker switch that locks and unlocks the doors of the vehicle when switched on or off.
When the button is pressed, an electrical signal is sent to the door lock actuators to perform the button’s on/off function.
Car door switch buttons are typically located on the interior of the vehicle on each passenger door and act as an electrical anti-theft device.

How do I know if my car door locks are working?

The signs of broken electric car door locks are fairly easy to recognize if you know what to look for.
Watch out for the following symptoms of a malfunctioning locking system:
  • Door locks that function intermittently or switch rapidly may indicate that the electrical system is worn out and unable to send consistent power signals to the car door lock actuators.
  • A broken switch button can impact the functionality of your door locks and may occur as the result of frequent use.
  • Door locks that do not function are indicative of a broken electric circuit within the power switches. When the switch is broken, the power signal cannot be sent to the actuators, and the car door locks cannot work.

How to troubleshoot car door locks

If you suspect your vehicle’s locking system is broken, you can use the following steps to assess the power lock system and identify the cause of the problem.
  • Check the fuses and circuit breakers of the vehicle.
  • Turn the switch to its on and off positions and listen for a click.
  • Remove the power switch panel from the door and assess the voltage using a voltmeter.
  • Inspect the wire that runs from the switch to the fuse panel for any short or open wires.
  • Use a multimeter to check the switch for continuity.
  • Test the power relay to ensure the voltage from the switch is being relayed appropriately.
If your knowledge of vehicle systems is limited, book an appointment with a professional mechanic to assess and repair the problem.

How to find cheap car insurance

The security of your vehicle doesn’t just come in the form of door locks - having the right car insurance can save you from emergencies, unexpected accidents, and thefts.
With expert insurance broker and mobile app Jerry, finding the best car insurance is easy. Download the app, enter your information, and Jerry will complete a cross-analysis of insurance rates from all the top companies in just 45 seconds.
Jerry specializes in finding the best savings deals on the market—and the average Jerry user saves $887 a year on car insurance payments.
Keep in mind that your location is another factor that determines the final cost of repairs. Areas with higher cost of living will usually have more expensive car repair services, especially if there’s less local competition. Check out the table below for an estimate of what Kia drivers pay in different cities.
CityCarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
2022
Kia 
Carnival
$117.58$0$117.58$117.581h
2006
$114.92$0$114.92$114.921h
2004
Kia 
Magentis
$118.58$0$118.58$118.581h
2008
$132.75$0$132.75$132.751h
2008
Kia 
Spectra
$114.86$0$114.86$114.861h
1995
Kia 
Sephia
$124.24$0$124.24$124.241h
2009
Kia 
Borrego
$111.48$0$111.48$111.481h
2016
Kia 
Sorento
$109.82$0$109.82$109.821h
2018
Kia 
Niro
$121$0$121$1211h
2022
$106.1$0$106.1$106.11h
Jerry doesn’t just offer fair price repair estimates for Kia drivers! Our team of writers has collected everything you need to know for every car. Here’s how much the repair costs for some popular cars:
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
2011
Ford 
F-450 Super Duty
$60$0$60$601h
1988
Dodge 
D150
$60$0$60$601h
1977
Dodge 
W300
$60$0$60$601h
2014
$60$0$60$601h
2013
Audi 
Q7
$60$0$60$601h
2017
$60$0$60$601h
The cost of repairs might vary depending on which Kia you drive, but there’s an easy way to save money for the services you need! Just download the Jerry app for help lowering your insurance premiums. In less than 45 seconds, Jerry collects all of your information from your existing insurer. Choose from competitive quotes from top insurance companies and Jerry takes care of the rest—securing your new policy and helping you cancel your old one upon request.
With an average annual savings of $887, Jerry can help you free up funds for the repairs your Kia’s needs.