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.

Getting Locked Out of my Vehicle

Back when my daughter was a young and I was a single Mom to her, I was super tight on money and I was locked out of my vehicle.  I recall that I had just gotten my vehicle warmed up, it was close to Christmas time in NH and it was cold outside. Ki and I were heading somewhere and those plans went downhill once I realized that I was locked out of my car. Having never been locked out of my vehicle, ever, I wasn’t sure who to call and then it dawned on me, I would have to call a locksmith. There are various locksmiths in my area, but in your area you may be seeking an emergency Locksmith Calgary when you find yourself in the situation I was in.

I finally called a locksmith who wouldn’t take anything but cash, having had only a small amount of funds saved for a couple presents for my daughter that year, I had to give this locksmith the last of my saved Christmas money. I remember crying so badly to my daughter’s Dad back then because I had to use the only funds I had saved for Christmas on this locksmith, unlike the Locksmith services Calgary which is not in my area, I used a NH locksmith who is always on call for those who get locked out of their vehicles, like dumb me back then.

The lovely ending to this story of being locked out of my vehicle was that 1) the locksmith came super fast and 2) Ki’s Dad ended up giving me $45 that year to buy our daughter stuff for Christmas. If you don’t think $45 can get much then you have never seen a Mom, who after having lost her Christmas savings to a locksmith, was provided with $45 to spend on just her daughter. I spoiled that girl that year as much as I could with $45 and believe me it did get quite a bit for Ki, especially since she was under a year old back then and rattles are cheap ;-)

I advise that you always check your vehicle, keep a spare key somewhere or do something such as crack your car window after starting it, that way you know you are doing all you can do to avoid having to pay for a locksmith. I suppose, no matter how prepared you are, there are times a locksmith will be needed and it’s good to keep them in business – just do not get locked out in temps we are having here in NH right now, negative degree temps and being locked out will not translate into anything good.

Have you ever been locked out of a car or home before? Did you have to hire a locksmith?

I Drive Slow. I Can’t Buckle a Pretend Seat Belt.

That’s it everyone, send me away, far far away …

My three year old wanted me to pretend play with him. He sat up two kids chairs and told me we were going for a ride to the car wash.

I sat down.

The three year old informed me that HE would be driving for Mama drives too slow and he drives super fast. I gave him a scared look and pretended that his fast driving is scary.

The three year old then told me to buckle up and so I did. Next thing I know I am being told by a three year old that I did not buckle the pretend seat belt correctly.

Can you please tell me how one can buckle with a pretend seat belt wrong?

Apparently I am capable of it for I did it not once, not twice but three times incorrectly before my daughter demonstrated how I am suppose to buckle up a pretend seat belt in which case I copied her and got the thumbs up from the three year old who took off vrooming all over the town to the car wash.

When all was said and done he said that was very very fun, but I swear I left the scene of pretend play land thinking something has to be seriously wrong with me if I can’t buckle up with a pretend seat belt correctly… geesh!

 

Utterly Exhausted

Yes. I am utterly exhausted.

Ever get to that point in life when so much has been tossed at you that you just need to crash?

Yup, that is me.

Started having some family business going on. Stretched me emotionally.

Still dealing with that.

Then my van decided it would be really cool if it stopped working driving down the interstate about 65mph. Dead. No moving van.

Sold that van to avoid cost of a tow and fixing the transmission issue. Yes, someone came and bought it sitting on the side of the interstate dead.

Went a couple of weeks or more with one vehicle for morning hours only.

After week one I was ready to have a new vehicle.

Spent four days looking at various vehicles and here I am now with a new to me family vehicle.

Ready for a nap. So, that is where I am at. Will be back with some more love stories of those meeting online but for now … I am too exhausted to think.

Oh Happy Valentine’s Day by the way. Hope you have a lovely day!

Catch up with the series I am featuring this month called I MET MY LOVE ONLINE

Searching for the Perfect For You Vehicle

When you are ready to purchase a new vehicle it is best to research the various models of vehicles in addition to the make of the vehicle. There are many loyal Jeep Dealer customers, who will only purchase Jeep vehicles for their future car needs. You see as we are raised from young children into adults it seems not only are our parents personalities instilled in us but their love for a particular vehicle make can be sometimes instilled upon us.

Many locals in NH seem to have a love for Ford or Chevy, it seems difficult to find a particular person who has been truly raised to have an addiction to a Chrysler Dealer or similar make of vehicle. I personally drive many different makes and models and have no real affiliation with a particular brand of vehicle.

I have to laugh when I find that many prefer to shop at a Dodge Dealer because they are just 100% in love with that make of vehicle. When I find someone has an undying love for a particular brand of vehicle I always ask them the question my three year old often asks me, why? Most times people who have a love for a particular brand of car will reply stating that they were raised with this brand or that they simply have always purchased this brand and refuse to try anything else.

Why change something that already works for them?

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