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Should I DIY Repair or Send my Car to a Mechanic?


The big chunk of responsibility that comes with buying and owning a vehicle is the need for car repairs and maintenance. How well you’ll be able to carry that responsibility will basically determine how long you will keep and enjoy your car in the future.

But when we’re talking about car maintenance, there seems to be an endless debate on whether it’s better for you to do-it-yourself or trust an auto mechanic to do it for you instead. There are people who let’s just say are simply mechanically talented. But does that automatically mean they won’t ever need the help of a professional? How about those people who have little to absolutely no knowledge and skills in fixing cars? In the same way, do you really think that they won’t be able to handle any kind of car repair task themselves?

As Melbourne’s leading car buyers, car wreckers, and car removalists, Rapid Car Removal is here to help you steer clear of all the myths and misconceptions on both. As you read through this article, we do hope that we’ll be able to really help you out in deciding whether it’s best for you to send your car to a car repair shop or do the repairs yourself in your own garage.

DIY Car Repair and Maintenance

If you decide to do any kind of car repair task yourself, in a nutshell, you have to blame and thank no one but yourself. Even if it depends on your skills and the gravity of your car’s issue, your chances of success is technically 50:50. Here are its pros and cons:

PROS:  It will surely save you tons of money. Every repair project is an opportunity to learn new things and gain more experience in car maintenance. By being hands-on, you know exactly what is done to your car. Just in case you’d have to sell it in the future, you’ll be able to explain to the potential buyer what you have exactly done with your car. And, because you have put your mind, heart, body, and spirit in fixing your car, you will adore and treasure it much more.

CONS:  Well because you are not really a professional in fixing cars, regardless if it’s your skill or hobby, there are still more risks of committing mistakes. You will have to allot a specific time or day for it. And sometimes you even have to invest in more tools to be able to effectively do all the repairs. Especially for first-timers, the chances of hurting yourself is more likely to happen. When your DIY repair job unfortunately fails, your car’s problem will eventually get worse, and you’ll end up spending even more than you should.

Repair by a Professional Mechanic

There is such a thing as professionals and experts simply because we cannot do everything by ourselves, right? And so for auto mechanics who have all the knowledge and expertise, this is but a simple process that they are truly confident in doing. Howbeit, here are the advantages and disadvantages of seeking help from a mechanic:

PROS:  Their knowledge, talent, skills, and experience basically says it all. They simply know more about it than you do. They have all the tools and equipment necessary to make your car problems go away. Zero effort is needed from you and you even have time to do other things while you let them work on your car. They can even tell you some other issues with your car that you may not know of. And most likely, their work is covered under warranty.

CONS:  Being a professional in your field doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to make mistakes. And so, taking your car to a repair shop still won’t give you 100% results. It’s also a sort of trial and error process because finding a mechanic you can really trust isn’t that easy. If you don’t choose the right mechanic, you are at risk of being ripped off. And by simply letting someone else do it for you, you have less control over what is really being done on your precious ride. Mechanics that you don’t personally know might do unnecessary repairs, unfinished work, or excessive tweaks. In general, this is more costly.

The verdict

Deciding who the rightful person is to fix your car all depends not on your budget, but on the kind of repair your car really needs. As experts who have been buying used cars in Melbourne for two long decades, we say that leave all the complicated and heavy repair jobs to the professionals. When it’s about your cooling system, transmission, or engine, don’t risk by fixing it yourself. Even if you know a thing or two about fixing cars, should you encounter something that you don’t have experience in, stay away from Google or YouTube then try to fix it. It’s best to let a trusted mechanic to handle it for you. Should you want to really get your hands dirty. Be there while the mechanic does his job and see if he can teach you how to do it in the future.

But don’t get us wrong. We aren’t saying that you can’t do anything with your cars. As a matter of fact, there are lots of things you can do with your car so you could say that you’re a hands-on owner. Things like replacing flat tyres, windshield wipers, air filters, spark plugs, engine oil and fluids, brake pads, and headlight bulbs are some of the car maintenance tasks you could easily do at home.

After all these, just know that your car’s health and your safety both lies in the decision you will make. So take into account all circumstances before deciding to DIY or going to a car repair expert.


If your car has unfortunately been a victim a poor maintenance and repair, and you simply don’t know what to do about it anymore, let Rapid Car Removal – a leading cash for cars Melbourne company – give you a means to an end. Not only will we remove your old and junk vehicles for free, but we will also provide you top cash for your cars.