Should You Attempt Your Own Car Repairs?

Repairing your own car is something that many people do not even consider. They automatically take the car in to the garage for a repair when it needs doing and do not think about attempting it themselves. However, there are a lot of good reasons why it might be a good idea to do your own car repairs. You will save money of the labour cost, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you did the work, you may save time and it will be more convenient.

Cost

The labour cost of the car repair can be really high. If your vehicle needs a lot of repairs, then you can find yourself struggling to manage to afford it. You may even find that you are resorting to payday loans or other forms of credit in order to pay for it. This could end up with you being in greater financial trouble. If you do the repair yourself, you will still have to pay out for the parts, but it could save a lot of money on labour.

Job Satisfaction

It can be extremely satisfying to repair your own car. You could feel really proud of yourself for being able to get that job done. Learning the skills to repair a car can be extremely useful and so they can be used for all future vehicles that you have. It can be great to be able to tell people that you repair your own vehicle.

Time

It can take longer for a car to be repaired in a garage than if you do it yourself. It can be sitting in a long queue at a garage whereas you may be able to get on with the repair straight away. You may have to learn how to do it, perhaps using a manual or an online video, but this will not take you long. You may also be slower at doing the repair, but you may still get the vehicle finished more quickly. Again, this is because you may have to wait for others to be done first.

Convenience

It can be much easier for you to do a repair yourself than to have to get the vehicle to a garage to get them to do one. If it cannot be driven, then you may need to pay for it to be towed. Then you will have to find a way to get to the garage to pick it up, which may mean asking friends or family to give you a lift or perhaps paying for public transport. This can be extremely inconvenient.

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3 comments

  1. Cascia Talbert (15 comments) says:

    I wish I knew how to fix cars. My husband is pretty good at taking care of our vehicles so we don’t have to send them to the shop to get fixed that often.

  2. Rosey (966 comments) says:

    wouldn’t couldn’t shouldn’t (For ME anyway). :)

    I already know any attempt would make things far worse if I was the one making a repair. Kudos to those who can do it!

  3. Terri K (@tkharmonic) (97 comments) says:

    Just learning how to do your own maintenance can save big bucks. It’s so easy now with youTube videos and websites showing step by step instructions. I don’t do much, but I can do basic things like change my air filter, check my tire pressure, check my oil. I know how to change a tire. I used to be able to change my own oil but the car I have now is much harder to get to the oil filter in, so I leave that to the professionals.

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