The Pros and Cons of DIY Car Repair
These days, you can learn how to do anything online. Blog posts, web pages, online courses, and videos can all walk you through any process step-by-step. When you’re looking at your latest car repair bill, you might start thinking that it’s a good idea to learn how to do the work yourself so that you can keep your car healthy and save your wallet.
While there are some advantages to doing your own car repair, there are many disadvantages. It’s important that you understand them all so you can make the best decision for your vehicle. Here are some of the pros and cons of DIY car repair:
Paying for professional skill, training, and education doesn’t come cheap – nor should it. Add up the cost of parts and labor and even minor car repairs can easily cost hundreds of dollars. Major repairs reach the thousands. By doing the work yourself, you can reduce those costs down to about a third in many cases. If you have a good source for parts, you may be able to get the costs even lower.
You Can Do It on Your Own Schedule
You can wait hours just for a basic oil change at an automotive shop. If you need major repairs, you could be without your vehicle for several days. You will have to pay for a rental car, and you may have to leave work early or arrive late to make it to the shop during the hours they require. By doing your own car repairs, you can ensure that they are done on the schedule that works best for you.
Some people just love tinkering on their own cars. They like knowing what makes their car work, and they like feeling like they have control over its condition. If you’re one of those people, doing your own car repairs isn’t just a way to save money and time – it’s a way to enjoy yourself.
It Takes Longer
No matter how long you’ve been doing your own car repairs, you are not as experienced as a professional mechanic, and you do not have the same tools available to you. That means that the repairs will take longer to perform. Even the act of doing the repairs is costing you time that you wouldn’t spend if you hired a mechanic to do the work for you. Time is money, and paying someone else to do the work can end up costing you less overall.
It Can Cost You More Money
Since you are not a professional, it can be easy for you to make mistakes when you are performing repairs on your vehicle. Even minor mistakes can end up causing big problems that can cost you a lot of money to correct. If you are new to doing your own car maintenance, the chances are even higher that you are going to make costly mistakes.
It Poses a Safety Risk
There are so many ways that you can harm yourself while you are working on your car. You can get sprayed in the eye by caustic chemicals. You can slip while using a tool and cut yourself severely – possibly even severing a finger. You could even become crushed by the weight of the vehicle if it falls while you are under it. Even if you perform the repairs without incident, you could be at risk if you don’t perform the repairs properly. Something could go wrong while you are driving, putting you and your family at risk, as well as other drivers on the road.
It Could Void Your Warranty
In many cases, performing your own repairs can void your manufacturer’s warranty or even your extended warranty. You could undermine your own ability to get free repairs made under your warranty by trying to save money on those repairs that weren’t covered.
While there may be some benefits to doing your own car repairs, there are just too many disadvantages for it to be worth it. You can end up spending much more time and money on the repairs, and you can put your own safety and the safety of others at risk. Protect your car and your family by hiring a professional mechanic to do all the work on your vehicle. Your peace of mind knowing that your car is in good hands will be priceless.
Scottsdale Muffler offers minor and major repairs for all types of vehicles. Our experienced mechanics can work on foreign and domestic vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, and trucks. We are committed to providing affordable, high-quality, and timely repairs. We also work with insurance companies for any repairs that are covered under your policy. Call us in Scottsdale today to make an appointment for your automotive repairs or maintenance.