Archive for May, 2011

Vehicles are fairly complicated when it comes to repairs. That’s why there are mechanics for just about everything that can go wrong in a car. Still, there are certain auto repairs that the average person can do themselves. It might cost a little bit of money to get the necessary supplies and parts, but doing repairs at home can save a person tons of money. Going to the mechanic isn’t always necessary, but it is almost always expensive! On that note, here are some repairs that anyone can do.

Oil changes are one of the simplest things to do for a vehicle. In fact, it just involves taking off the filter, draining the oil, putting on a new filter, and then filling the engine with oil. This whole process can be done for less than twenty dollars, while the average oil change costs thirty dollars or more in some cases. Therefore, nobody should take their car to a mechanic for an oil change.

Replacing broken mirrors is very simple too. Quite easily, a person can get epoxy glues to affix a rear-view mirror back onto the windshield that has fallen off. A person can easily get a new side mirror (or the entire piece that surrounds the side mirror). These can be replaced by simply taking the door panel off and replacing the broken mirror. In the end, a person could save almost $100 by doing this repair themselves.

Speakers can easily be replaced for a fraction of the cost it would take for a professional installation. Of course, the speakers must be bought. It usually requires taking apart the door panels in order to replace the speakers. Running the cables from the speakers to the main unit will involve a little bit of work. Still, a person can come out on top by saving a bunch of money.

As anyone can see, doing their own car repairs for certain things can save hundreds of dollars each year. Non-mechanics should avoid doing more complicated work, such as things that involve the engine or transmission. Either way, certain repairs can be completed by just about anyone, so a person should give their next simple repair a try before going to a mechanic.