Car repair kits do you need them

Car Repair Kits – Do You Need Them?

Anyone who spends time on the internet will probably notice an increasing number of websites offering all sorts of do-it-yourself mechanic kits pretending to teach how to fix your own car.

Now I have to admit that one can potentially save themselves quite a lot of money – and worries – in visits to the car mechanic, that is if these do-it-yourself mechanics kits actually work. But should you learn how to repair your own car?

Of course all of us need some form of mechanics knowledge beyond knowing how to replace a flat tire. But is it really worthwhile learning more than that?

Here are a few points you will need to bear in mind before you completely do away with your auto mechanic.

A question of Safety. Safety – yours and other road users’ – is probably the most important consideration to take into account before you buy a home auto mechanic kit. Remember that your life in directly exposed every time you board your car. Even if you feel skilled enough to entrust your life in your own hands, remember that failed brakes may not only kill you but also may take the life of a mother taking her kids to school!

Have you got the time for it? Most of us are just too busy earning a living to actually sit and learn how to fix our car. And even if you have enough time to LEARN how to fix you car, chances are you might not have enough time to actually DO it!

Technology. Gone are the days when auto mechanics was a relatively simple technical area. Today’s cars are a complex combination of mechanic and electronic. And you will probably need to learn both in order to be a competent mechanic!

What about the tools? Most of these internet kits don’t obviously come free. Some are sold as high as a few hundred dollars! But bear in mind too that mechanics requires a very specialized tooling and equipment. Unless you are ready to spend hundreds more on these, your newly-acquired knowledge might not be of any use, I am afraid.

Certification issues Most countries require auto mechanics to have some form of certification before they can fix cars. Of course this is not really an issue as long as you limit yourself to small maintenance jobs on your car. But remember that in case of a road accident, all sorts of nasty issues are likely to crop up!  

My opinion My own opinion is that you’d probably be better off continuing to trust someone who has many years’ experience fixing cars. That is unless you desperately want to enrich online mechanic kits vendors.

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