Lighting was responsible for bringing the monster Frankenstein to life. While your vehicle doesn't rely on lighting to get it going, it does rely on an electrical component to generate the power needed to start the engine. This component is the Ignition Switch.
This switch is responsible for powering the engine, as well as numerous electrical accessories. It begins to work the minute you insert the car keys to start the engine. Generally, this component has four settings, which can be accessed by turning the key column: off, on, electrical, and start. The off setting is obviously used whenever the car is parked; the on setting powers the car's systems; the electrical setting lets you operate electrical accessories without starting the car; and the start setting engages the engine. A faulty switch will prevent you from starting your car and accessing any of the four settings.
There are many indications of a broken Ignition Switch. One indication is when your radio or your wipers fail to activate despite your attempts to twist your key to the start or electrical setting. The moment this happens or your car fails to generate during start up, you should consider buying an ignition switch replacement. You can easily find a good universal ignition switch at online retailers. But it's always better to purchase parts that are specifically built for your car's make and model. This way, you will not have problems with specifications and compatibility.