Not long ago, the majority of car owners turned to their mechanics for even the most basic maintenance needs to keep their cars in top shape, but now more drivers are getting their own hands dirty. AutoMD.com recently released its 2013 DIY Report that revealed many motorists are taking matters into their own hands and tackling easier car maintenance and repair projects such as replacing batteries and windshield wiper blades, changing the oil and repairing ignition wire sets.
The major driver for this trend is cost-savings, as 96 percent of survey participants reported saving at least $100 a year on repairs and tune-ups, including nearly 60 percent who have saved more than $500. Many began performing basic maintenance to save money during the recession and have continued in this fashion. Roughly two-thirds of DIYers indicated they are considering attempting more complex repairs in the future.
"When we released our first auto repair DIY report in 2010, we found that the economy was driving more auto repair DIYing, with DIYers reporting considerable cost savings," said Brian Hafer, vice president of media and marketing at AutoMD.com. "In the ensuing years, we have seen this trend continue, bolstered by an increase in the accessibility of how-to info online."
The top jobs performed at home are adding antifreeze and replacing the battery, windshield wiper blades, headlamp bulbs and air filters. Other drivers have undertaken more difficult tasks, such as changing spark plugs, replacing fuel filters and flushing radiators and cooling systems.
Some jobs, however, even the most skilled amateur mechanic will be ill-equipped to perform. Whether a driver lacks the expertise or tools to get a job done, he or she can bring the car to New Jersey Auto Auctions' Total Car Care Center, which can handle all the automotive needs the motorists cannot take care of on his or her own.