Carrying out your own car maintenance can be an intimidating prospect; if you make one wrong move you could be putting yourself and other road users in danger. However, if you make sure that you know what you’re doing, it can be an enjoyable and endlessly beneficial process – both financially and otherwise.
Many people will steer clear of carrying out their own car maintenance and repairs but, if you’re on the fence, here are three reasons why you should consider it.
You’ll save on future expense
One of the expenses when you go to a mechanic is labour but, when you carry out maintenance on your own vehicle, you eradicate that charge. In this way, if you have the spare time on your hands, doing your own car maintenance can be worthwhile.
Carrying out regular car maintenance checks ensures that you nip in the bud potentially expensive problems before they arise. We spoke to Volkswagen Motor Parts who said: “Keeping on top of any potential motoring problems will keep hefty costs in check.”
“Being able to take care of your vehicle when small problems crop up ensures that you’ll be able to make future problems down the line more manageable, avoiding bigger bills when you do have to get your car seen to by a mechanic.”
It is possible
Thanks to the existence of the internet and a great many books on car maintenance and repairs, there are plenty of tasks which you can carry out with no education on how to fix or maintain a car.
With little to no prior experience with fixing cars, you’ll be able to rectify problems including but not limited to:
- Checking and changing engine oil
- Checking and filling up water levels in the wiper and washer fluid containers
- Checking and changing air filters
- Check battery levels and change the battery when needed
- Replacing headlights
- Replacing blown fuses
- Replacing broken windscreen wipers
However, beginners should be cautious of attempting to fix more complex problems such as carrying out engine repairs because that could be dangerous and cause more serious problems to the car.
If you want to learn about how to carry our car maintenance, read these guides on Auto Repair for Dummies.
You’ll learn a new skill
It’s no secret that learning to carry out your own car maintenance takes time but, if you enjoy it, you’ll have learned a new skill which you can turn into a hobby. It is more than likely that you will find carrying out car maintenance difficult at first but, after time and lots of practice, it should become second nature.
One of the most common ways in which people learn how to carry out basic car maintenance and repairs is through the use of car manuals which often supply a guide to everything from engine problems to bodywork problems.
If you’re not sure which tools you need to get started, this post by Popular Mechanics will tell you everything you need to know.