Many people consider themselves to be handy or mechanically inclined. It is a good skill to be able to take apart (and put back together) the inner workings of a motor, a brake system, an electrical system or other mechanical system of a vehicle. These people often elect to work on their cars and trucks themselves instead of bringing the vehicles into an automotive shop for repairs. While this may seem like a wise decision financially, there can be some major repercussions, especially if the vehicle uses complex computer or mechanical systems that the owner has no experience working with.
Modern cars and trucks are more complex and designed differently than vehicles from twenty years ago. Environmental standards and technological advancements have changed the way auto manufacturers design their cars. Someone who has prior experience working on older vehicles may not recognize the new technology under the hood of late-model cars and trucks.
Professional automotive service technicians must undergo rigorous training to understand how new automotive technology works and the most effective method of repair and upkeep. It is a constant learning process, and the daily experience allows these auto mechanics to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of automotive technology.
Changing the oil and repairing a flat tire is knowledge that every car owner should have. There is no doubt that learning basic vehicle maintenance techniques will allow car owners to save a little money by doing repairs themselves. However, a professional automotive repair shop should be used if there is any doubt about a certain technique or method of repair. Someone who is experienced and certified in automotive service should always do more complex repairs and procedures.
When you sit behind the wheel of a vehicle, you trust that the manufacturer has taken precautions to ensure the safety of you and your passengers. Similarly, when you bring your car to an auto repair shop, you trust that the auto mechanic has taken appropriate measures to properly fix the issue so you and your passengers can travel on the roadways safely and without incident. Would you trust your safety and the safety of others in the hands of an inexperienced person? If there is any doubt about how to fix a problem, or if you have no experience with vehicle maintenance, do not attempt to perform major repairs on your vehicle. One mistake could lead to disaster. Not only might it cost you more money in the long run to have professionally repaired, you could jeopardize the overall safety of the vehicle.