What, besides a blown fuse, would cause my cigarette lighter not to work? on 1998 Subaru Impreza Outback

My cigarette lighter is not working. I brought it to my local shop and they said its not the fuse. They suggested it could be a short. What else could cause this to happen? How much is the avg cost of short? I only need my lighter to work for my cell charger and navigation system. Are there other options to charge besides the lighter?

Asked by for the 1998 Subaru Impreza Outback
happened to me too. Had to get a new lighter installed