Lots of guys (and gals) like tinkering around with an automobile instead of getting professional auto repair services. It can be a relaxing hobby or a good way to earn extra money on weekends. Of course, you’ll need good general knowledge of automobiles and how they work. Also, you must not mind getting your hands greasy and it requires that you have a good place to work, like a garage and lastly, some tools.
A good toolset is mandatory but most guys do have a toolbox of some sort. If you don’t, then invest in a nice metal or plastic toolbox; it doesn’t have to be huge. Then start accumulating the popular tools that everyone needs from time to time. These might include:
- Several types of hammers
- Screwdrivers of all sizes including Phillips and flat head
- A good wrench set
- A good socket set
Professional Auto Repair VS Doing Your Own Repairs
Ratcheting box wrenches save time and work and every toolbox should have at least one roll of duct tape. If you’ve been needing to get some work done to your car and wondering if you can save money by doing it yourself, there are a few important things to consider:
Do you have tools? If you don’t already have a good selection of tools, it can cost hundreds of dollars just to get the basics. If you believe you’ll continue to use them on a regular basis, then this can be a good investment. However, if you just need new brake pads and probably won’t ever use the tools again, you’re better off taking the car to a shop for a professional auto repair.
Depending upon what kind of car you drive and a few other variables, a new set of brake pads can cost somewhere between $75 and $150. There are a few car repairs that are fairly easy and some that should only be done by the pros. For instance, wheel alignment requires special machines and equipment.
Do you have time? Whether you’re a serious Gearhead or just an Occasional Tinkerer, you may not have time to do it yourself. If you have a demanding job, a family, hobbies and other activities that require your attention, you will have to weigh the pros and cons of the “time factor”.
Some auto repairs need expert knowledge and skills to be done correctly. Otherwise, your work may cause more damage to your vehicle and will even cost you more. If you’re not sure how to fix something, better leave it to the professionals.
It’s kind of nice to just drop the car off at a shop for a professional auto repair service and come back later to pick it up all repaired. Plus, a reputable place will guarantee their work and you don’t get any guarantees when you do it yourself…something to think about!