Save Thousands on Car Repair Bills by Getting Your Hands Dirty

by Harry Johnson in Repair

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Every car owner in the world will be aware of how quickly our wallets and bank accounts can be drained by essential repairs and maintenance.

Wouldn’t it be a lot sweeter if you could do it yourself?

A lot of people may cringe with fear at the thought of getting under the bonnet unassisted.

However, we’re here to alleviate those fears and assure you that they’re unsubstantiated. At least if you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty.

For as long as we live, there will always be a place in our hearts for convenience. Where would we be without the ability to stop off at the carwash on the way home? Or having your tyres changed at a local garage when you just can’t find the time to get it done by yourself. There’s nothing wrong with that. They are relatively inexpensive services. When it comes to bigger jobs, though, we shouldn’t be so quick to pass the buck. Put down the phone, pick up a wrench, and let’s dig in. Together.

Resources

When it comes time to repair your car, knowledge is power. Unless you’re a trained mechanic, chances are you don’t know your alternator from your intercharger. Don’t worry, that’s fine. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Arming yourself with valuable reading material will be what defines your success or failure. One of our go-to resources is AutoMD. Failing that, though, I’m sure you’ll find our very own Do It Yourself section to be a worthy alternative.

Tools

Of course, before you start any work, you’ll need to be armed to the teeth with appropriate tools. We advise putting together your own makeshift toolbox before you even think about cranking open the bonnet. At the very least you should have the following:

  • A flathead screwdriver set
  • A pair of pliers
  • A ratchet set
  • A set of adjustable wrenches

They’ll be your most used and relied upon tools. For jobs that require more, you can always pop out and pick up the extras. To begin with, though, those four things should always be within an arm’s length of you.

Practice

As they say, practice makes perfect. And believe me, you’re going to need plenty of it. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a car buff, why not start a new project? You can pick up a worn out used car relatively cheaply, and that can be your guinea pig. Try to renovate it all by yourself. You’ll get valuable practice time and an unrivalled sense of pride and achievement upon finishing the job.

That’s an essential step towards becoming comfortable with car repairs. And a lot less risky than practicing on your own car!

By the time you have it down to a fine art, you’ll save a substantial amount on garage bills. Over the course of your lifetime? That’s thousands in the bank to spend on whatever you’d prefer to. Life’s too short to worry about that – learn to do it yourself and thank us later.

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