Thinking of fixing your car yourself? Before you pick up that wrench, it could be worth asking yourself some of these following questions first to make sure that it’s the right decision.
Do you have the technical knowledge?
Some car repairs don’t require too much technical know-how. This includes replacing windscreen wipers, changing tyres and even replacing brake pads.
Other tasks may require a bit of mechanical understanding. While you may be able to teach yourself what to do using how-to blog posts and video tutorials, there’s only so much knowledge that you can cram in. It’s important to know when something is beyond your expertise – especially if it could be very expensive or dangerous if you get it wrong.
What does the law say?
It’s not illegal to repair your car. However, there are certain repairs that could be deemed illegal if they’re not done to certain specs. Repairs that are also modifications may have to be done to roadworthy legal requirements. This is often why you need an expert for window tinting. Certain parts bought from abroad may also not be legal such as tires that don’t meet tread standards – so you should be careful as to where you buy parts.
Fixing your car may also be illegal if you don’t technically own it. If it’s leased or even on finance, there may be small print in a contract that says you must seek out professional repairs. This is worth looking into before you get stuck in.
Do you have the right tools?
Repairing your own car could save you money – but only if you have the right tools. If you have to buy specialist tools, you could end up spending a lot more than were you to use a mechanic that already has the right tools.
Hiring tools may be an option in some cases. This could allow you to save costs without necessarily owning the right tools.
Most car insurers allow you to do your own repairs. You must however notify your insurer about any damage following an accident before making repairs. You don’t have to file a claim, however you must notify insurers if you don’t want to run the risk of making your insurance void. When it comes to fixing general wear and tear, notifying insurers is usually not necessary.
Do you have the time and motivation?
Many people don’t have the time of motivation to fix their own car. If you’re this type of person, going to a mechanic can be a lot less hassle and is probably better for your sanity.
For others, fixing a car can be a hobby that is rewarding. If you belong to this group of people, then doing your own repairs could be worth it. If you have a passion for DIY, you’re less likely to cut corners. This is important as cutting corners could lead to mistakes or future problems.
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