One accepted fact of car ownership is that you have to spend some cash keeping it maintained each year. To all intents and purposes, vehicles are mechanical devices. Without regular maintenance, they will end up becoming inefficient and faulty. And when that happens, you’ll end up with astronomical repair bills!
Many car owners prefer to service and repair their cars themselves to save on costs. The thing is; in most cases, it pays to get a pro to do the work for you. Yes, I know what you’re thinking; I’m probably getting paid by an auto shop to say that, right?
Before you assume that is the case (which it isn’t – by the way), let me give you a few reasons to help explain where I’m coming from:
Today’s modern cars are too complicated for the DIY mechanic
OK, it’s true that you don’t need to be a brain surgeon to work on a car. Anyone can work on their vehicles, regardless of their level of technical aptitude. There is one major issue that prevents the average DIY mechanic from doing so, however. I am, of course, referring to the fact that today’s modern cars are complicated to work on!
Car manufacturers always come up with proprietary systems to make their models more efficient on the road. That usually means mechanics need to have expensive diagnostic tools to fix a variety of car problems.
So, unless you’ve got lots of money burning a hole in your pocket, it makes sense just to pay a professional to do the work for you. It doesn’t matter whether you drive a BMW or a Buick. The “rule” applies to whatever modern vehicle you drive.
Over the years, I have worked on many a car. These days, it seems that if you want to remove one part of your motor, you need to remove about 50 other parts first! Some car makers, like Honda, also have a habit of over-engineering things. Yes; that makes for good parts reliability. But that also means it’s a pain in the butt for any mechanic that wants to replace something!
You might lack the experience of working on individual cars
The thing about auto repair shops is that they work on a variety of different makes and models all the time. Aside from that fact, they also know the best way of removing and replacing parts from each car.
Their knowledge comprises of past experience. And tutorials from TIS (technical information system) computer programs. If you’ve got little knowledge and experience of working on your car, there’s a high chance that you’ll end up breaking something!
Sure, you can always ask for help on a forum or check out some YouTube videos. But, you might not always get the right answers back. Having a pro take care of your car’s repair needs ensures that the work is done properly and to a high standard.
So, as you can see, it makes perfect sense to get an expert to help you maintain your car.