A car is one of our most expensive and emotional purchases. Most of us have wished for our dream car and the lucky few are able to see that wish fulfilled.
Unfortunately, cars are getting more and more complex by the day. With the advent of less mechanical components and more electronic instrumentation, it is easy to feel intimidated and opt for the services of a car mechanic for even quite minor jobs. Simple issues like replacing an air filter or replacing a fan belt can result in a bill in the hundreds of dollars, mostly on labour.
Therefore, it makes sense to learn some simple processes and tricks so that you do not have to rush to the car mechanic every time your car behaves even slightly out of the ordinary. In addition to saving a ton of money by not enlisting professional services, you are also rewarded with the immense satisfaction of working on your own vehicle and making it tip top.
Do not afraid to get your hands dirty
The biggest issue to overcome is your fear of screwing up your beloved car. Rest assured that it is quite difficult to do so. Cars are built with some degree of idiot resistance, so you do not risk ruining your engine by simply poking at it with a screwdriver. Be cautious though; there are delicate parts that might get broken or need replacement if you manhandle them.
Learn from the elders….on the internet
The internet is a great resource for finding common issues and advice on cars. The collective wisdom available on car forums is helpful to a newcomer with next to no knowledge of the inner workings of the machine. What was privileged information in the domain of service workshops and car dealers is now available to all. So do not be afraid to ask questions; car forums have some of the most hospitable places of discussion online and welcome newbies. Many experienced users are there to guide you through simple tasks and common issues that you may encounter.
Don’t forget, the satisfaction of having worked on your car yourself is the main reason for going DIY. Sure it saves money, but you gain valuable experience and knowledge about how your dream machine functions. As a result, you are better equipped to deal with unforeseeable scenarios and are shielded from unscrupulous workshops and dealers who routinely exploit the lack of car knowledge in most people to trick them into buying expensive warranties and services.