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The “Why” in DIY: Should We Fix Our Cars Ourselves?

Hearing strange car noises might give you the thought that you need to dive under the hood, but in the ever-expanding world of DIY solutions, there can be an allure that comes with fixing our cars. It’s clear to see why the prospect of rolling up our sleeves, grabbing tools, and diving into the engine seems like an adventure, but the romanticism of tinkering with these engines might cause a lot more problems than solutions. Should we ever try and fix our cars ourselves? Possibly, but here are a few things to bear in mind first.

The Importance of Expertise

Looking at a car and its numerous issues may force us to think that we can easily roll up our sleeves and get on with it as long as we have the right mindset. After all, there are so many guides on the internet that it’s got to be straightforward, right? Well, in fact, if you think that there’s a problem with your gasket and all you need is to get an engine gasket kit so you can get to work you are running the risk of causing more problems, but also not getting the right advice. The expertise of professional mechanics goes beyond just fixing a problem, having an understanding of the nuances of a car’s system can provide preventative maintenance to avoid future troubles, not just fixing the issue itself.

The Perils of Misdiagnosis and Underestimating the Complexity

Novice DIYers may rely on vague symptoms or a simple Google search to ascertain the general problem, but this can compound the initial issue and will result in attempting to fix things that don’t address the root cause. A car is a complex machine and is a combination of thousands of different components working together. It’s not just about knowing the difference between a ratchet and a wrench, but about understanding the electronic computer systems and, of course, the mechanics of your vehicle. One simple misstep can set off a cascade of problems that can turn a minor problem into a major catastrophe.

Weighing Up the Costs Versus the Benefits

While the cost savings might be appealing, there is still the conundrum of whether saving a bit more money and risking significant damage is worth your while. Varying slightly off course could result in a major bill at the mechanics to rectify these problems. Because what seems like a minor problem may be the symptom of a larger, more complex, and hidden issue, having expertise like professional mechanics will be invaluable.

Should We Attempt to Fix Our Cars Ourselves?

We can all underestimate the magnitude of the situation. The real solution is about understanding our attitudes to risk. So many of us think that fixing our cars can’t be too difficult, but we all need to exercise some humility from time to time. We should all have the guts to acknowledge when a problem is beyond our expertise. This is why consulting with a professional may not just save money in the long run but, more importantly, will ensure the car is safe, operational, and will serve us for years to come. This is, ultimately, far more important than thinking you need to show some manly credentials.


Edel Alon
Edel Alon
Edel-Ryan Alon is a starving musician, failed artist, connoisseur of fine foods, aspiring entrepreneur, husband, father of two, geek by day, cook by night, and an all around great guy.


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