Most of us can’t escape owning a car. That also means most of us can’t escape paying for car repairs, but there’s another way. You can learn how to fix your car yourself.
Learning more about your vehicle comes with many benefits like:
- It can help you learn more about what cars are worth, ensuring you don’t buy a lemon when it’s time for a new car.
- You know exactly how much repairs should cost, so you won’t ever get ripped off again.
- Knowing exactly how your car works will make you a safer driver.
And of course, you can save on the cost of repairs! Unfortunately, fixing your car yourself can be scary. Making the wrong repair could put you and your passengers in danger.
If you want to learn how to fix your car yourself, but you want to make sure you learn how to fix your car the right way, you have many ways you can go about teaching yourself.
Go to the Auto Parts Store
A good first stop is the auto parts store. The employees are surprisingly friendly, and most are more than willing to answer your questions.
For example, if you’ve always been interested in installing a turbocharger in your car, visit the auto parts store and talk about your plans with an associate behind the counter. Not only can they help you choose the right turbocharger parts for your vehicle, they can also provide you with tips on making sure you install the parts properly. In some cases, you may also be able to convince an associate to come out to your car and help you look under the hood.
Ask a Friend
Chances are, you have a friend who has an interest in cars. Why not make a plan to get together so they can teach you a few things?
You can start by working on their car with them. They can teach you simple things, like how to replace the windshield wipers and change a tire, while more knowledgeable friends can go more in-depth, teaching you how to change your own oil, change a battery, repair a muffler, and much more.
If your car is need of a repair, why not ask your friend to come over and help you fix it? Not only will your car get repaired, you can learn how to do the repair as it’s being made, so you can do it yourself in the future.
The internet has a wealth of information on any topic, which includes learning how to work on a car.
Watching videos on YouTube is a great place to start. You’ll find a video that will walk you through the steps to fix nearly anything that could go wrong with your vehicle. You may even be able to find a video of your specific model!
Online forums can be especially helpful. You can ask any questions you have about your specific vehicle and the car community online will answer your questions and provide you with tips to make sure your repair or update is done safely and efficiently.
Take a Class
If you’re more the hands-on type, or you want to attempt a sensitive repair, like fixing the brakes, watching videos and sending messages to people online probably isn’t going to do it. Instead, you will want to consider taking a car maintenance class.
Fortunately, it doesn’t mean you have to go back to college either. Many communities offer a variety of courses that you can take for a nominal fee. You’ll also have the benefit of asking for advice from a knowledgeable instructor, which means you can get specific advice for your specific vehicle.
Buy a Beater
If you’re still worried about attempting repairs and updates on your everyday car, leave it in the driveway and restore an old car instead.
Working on an old car can teach you a lot about the way car systems work because beaters require a lot of repairs and updates. Not to mention, you can learn how to work on a car without compromising your everyday vehicle. If something goes wrong, you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to get to work in the morning.
You don’t have to be a slave to your mechanic for the rest of your life! If you don’t have a lot of time, by all means, trust your mechanic with repairs. If, on the other hand, you want to save money, use one of these methods to learn how to update your car yourself.