The Pros and Cons of DIY Car Maintenance

Performing maintenance on your car is something that you might have considered a few times. A lot of people do it because they’re interested in how their vehicle works and they want to save some money. When you have your car repaired or checked out by an auto mechanic, it’s often the labor that’s expensive. However, if you’re thinking about repairing and maintaining your car yourself, you need to know about the potential pros and cons. While there are several advantages, there are disadvantages to the DIY approach too. Before you decide whether to work on your car, here are some of the pros and cons to consider.

Pros

You Can Teach Yourself

One of the benefits of working on your own car is that you can find all the information that you need to teach yourself. You don’t have to take a course or find a someone to teach you, especially with how much information is available for free online. There are plenty of books you can read, helpful blogs and videos giving demonstrations that can make everything a lot easier. If you ever need more help, you can find online forums where knowledgeable people are happy to offer advice.

You Could Save Money

One of the main reasons that many people decide to work on their own car is that they want to save money. When you do your own car maintenance, you still need to buy parts, but you can save a lot on the cost of labor. Getting the right parts often doesn’t cost you that much but paying for an expert to install them or do other work can be a lot more expensive. Whether you’re looking for stoptech-rotors for your brakes or the right fluids, you could save a lot by buying online. It’s important to take into account the cost of any tools you might need, though. The initial expense might be a fair amount, but you’re making long-term investments.

You Can Save Time

Another benefit of working on your car is that you might be able to save time. You don’t have to stick to the schedule that an auto shop might offer. It could take a week or more for a professional to fix your car, especially if they’re busy. But if you do it yourself, you can do it whenever you want. That isn’t to say that it doesn’t take time. Between sourcing parts, learning what you need to do and carrying out the work, you could still spend a lot of your free time on your car. However, it could still take less time than seeing a mechanic.

You Can Determine What the Problem Is

When there’s a problem with your car, it’s really helpful to know what it is before you take it to be repaired. If you know what the issue is in advance, you can make a better decision about what you need to do to repair it. Do you need to see a professional or can you fix it yourself? If you do need to find a mechanic, you can at least have a better idea of the best place to use and how much you should be spending on repairs.

You Avoid Unnecessary Work

Another benefit of being able to diagnose problems with your car and being familiar with its overall condition is that you can avoid necessary work. No one likes when they take their car to be repaired for one thing and the mechanic produces a list of other things that they think need to be fixed. If you’re capable of fixing your own car, you can have a better idea of what work your car needs so that you don’t get ripped off.

Cons

You Could Invalidate Your Warranty

Before you do any work on your own car, it’s important to check your vehicle’s warranty. If you do work on your car and you’re not a qualified mechanic, it could mean that you invalidate your warranty. So if anything goes wrong and you need your warranty to protect you, it could no longer be valid. Make sure that you check the rules on the original warranty or if you’ve taken out an extended warranty.

Your Insurance Provider Might Not Be Happy

Another thing to consider if your auto insurance. Some insurance providers might be unhappy if you carry out work on your car instead of having it carried out by a professional. They could claim that some modifications aren’t allowed and won’t protect you when you need them. Most of the time, you should be fine if you want to do some work on your car. But you need to be careful with some more serious alterations.

Some Repairs Are Better Left to Professionals

Even though you can learn a lot about vehicle maintenance, there is still only so far that you might be able to get without professional qualifications and equipment. There can be an issue of safety if you’re not able to carry out your car maintenance adequately. Some difficult tasks are better left to professionals who know what they’re doing and have everything that they need to do it. Before you do any work on your car yourself, you need to think about what you’re really capable of doing.

You Need Spare Time to Do It

Although maintaining your car by yourself can help you save time, it can also take up a lot of your time too. You might decide that it’s faster to do it yourself, but then struggle to find the time to actually do it. When you do find the time to do it, you could spend a whole weekend trying to get one job done, or perhaps even longer. You have to be willing to spend the time on your vehicle, so it certainly helps if you find it enjoyable so you don’t feel like it’s wasted time.

Doing your own car repairs and maintenance could benefit you, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re thinking of doing it, consider the pros and cons first.

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Becky

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Becky is an interior designer, an adjunct professor, a foodie, a product reviewer and a gluten free blogger in Detroit, Michigan. Week99er is a family friendly site featuring products, events and recipes for your family. Contact her at [email protected]

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