Don’t Do It! 5 Reasons to Keep DIY Projects Out of the Garage

January 3rd, 2017 by

diy car repairs

Do it yourself. DIY. One of the many new crazes to hit our nation, and it is one that has inspired people from the East coast to the West to take all kinds of projects into their own hands. Thousands of blogs are dedicated to the topic, along with an entire television network that delivers DIY inspiration to eager Americans twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Whether your goals this year include sewing your own budget-friendly Roman shades, concocting your own healthy alternatives to popular condiments, or building an indoor herb garden on the east facing wall of your kitchen – chances are you have at least a small amount of the DIY bug pulsing through your bloodstream. While we can’t say for certain why so many Americans have the sudden urge to do things themselves, it is an undeniable passion that continues to sweep our nation. DIY-ers cite reasons such as saving money, feeling empowered, and gaining confidence as to why they prefer to make their own ketchup rather than reach for the Heinz bottle, all of which are valid reasons. When it comes to making your own curtains and laundry soap, this self-proclaimed DIY-er says go for it! But when it comes to taking care of your vehicle’s maintenance on your own, this automotive blogger says don’t do it!

Keep Your DIY Ambitions Out of the Garage

For most Americans, refilling windshield wiper fluid is about the extent to which they feel comfortable “working” on their vehicles at home. Even this small task has been known to be detrimental. Just ask my little sister who felt the inkling of self-empowerment and ended up filling her car’s oil chamber with Windex – because, well, it’s glass cleaner, right? What amounted to a very expensive lesson for my Millennial sibling, happens to some extent each and every day around the country. As more car owners feel the urge to do it themselves, they end up seriously messing up important car components that result in a hefty bill from their local mechanic. Opting to go to the service center first, will save you a lot of money and headache down the road. The second most common DIY project for car owners is taking care of an oil change. Albany, NY residents across town are teaching themselves how to swap out old oil for a clean batch, but, more often than not, it backfires.

Reasons to Skip Automotive DIY Projects

If expensive mechanic bills aren’t enough to convince you to keep your DIY ambitions out of the garage, here are a few more reasons why you should leave your vehicle’s maintenance to professional, certified technicians.

  • YouTube Does Not Make You a Certified Technician: No matter how many videos you watch on YouTube, and no matter how much they convince you of your own maintenance abilities – the truth of the matter is, watching someone work on a car, does not qualify you to do the same. Even the most in-depth videos online lack critical details, specific to your particular make and model. My sister may have been convinced of her ability to fill up her empty windshield washer fluid, but thousands of dollars and a huge headache later, she will be the first to tell you that it isn’t worth it. Certified technicians not only undergo an initial certification process to work on cars, but they continue to attend seminars and training to keep their skills current. No amount of hours logged on YouTube can compare to the skills that these individuals possess, which is why you should always leave it to the professionals.
  • You Can Void Your Warranty: Whether you own a brand new car, or a certified pre-owned vehicle, don’t work on your own car! Your car comes with an extensive warranty that protects you against any factory defaults or possible trouble down the road, but if you take things into your own hands, your warranty can be voided by the manufacturer. Completing your own oil change may end up saving you around $15 every six months, but why risk losing your new vehicle warranty for such a small amount of money? The benefits of a DIY oil change don’t outweigh the negative aspects, so do yourself (and your car) a favor, and bring it into a certified service center for every maintenance need, including an oil change.
  • Cars Are More Intricate Than Ever Before: If you own a newer model car, chances are high that it is equipped with the latest technology – not just inside, but also under the hood. Thanks to government regulations regarding higher emissions standards, modern day engines barely resemble those from the past. Professional technicians undergo regular training to keep up with these ever-evolving engine components, and so they are the most skilled at fixing potential issues. Most of these systems are computerized, and require a special skill set in order to be repaired. Put your wrench down, and drive your car to a reputable service center like the one at DePaula Chevrolet, to ensure that your car is properly cared for.
  • Your Car is Protected: If you bring your car to a service center, and the technician accidentally fills your oil chamber with Windex, the service center will take care of the problem without charging you for it. When you make the mistake on your own, the only person held accountable for reversing the chaos is you. It is unlikely that such a major mistake will be made by a professional technician, but in the rare instance that it does happen, you will be protected. The small amount of money you will pay up front for routine service pales in comparison to how much you will end up paying to repair a potential issue.
  • Saves You Time: Wouldn’t you rather spend your time and DIY fever on something more useful and productive? The time it will take for you to learn how to work on your own vehicle, plus the time to actually fix an issue yourself, could be better spent sewing that new quilt or planting your indoor herb garden. Oftentimes, the amount of money you might save is not worth the hours you will spend on a DIY project for your car.

The bottom line is to leave car repairs to the experts, and the rest of your DIY goals to yourself.