DIY vs. Pro: When to Roll Up Your Sleeves and When to Roll to a Mechanic

With the rise of sites like Pinterest and YouTube, DIY projects have never seemed so possible. Step-by-step instructions, great photography, and simple video tutorials provide readers and viewers with the confidence they need to take on projects, save money, and learn new skills.

Car maintenance is no exception. As we navigate the vast landscape of DIY resources, it’s important to know what you can do yourself… and what you should leave to the pros.



These simple car maintenance actions make sense (and cents) to do yourself.

  • Air Filter: This simple to-do will only take a few minutes and is incredibly cost efficient. Check out how to change your air filter.
  • Windshield Wipers: Keep the windshield clear and your wallet full by installing windshield wipers at home. Full instructions, including how to select the right windshield wipers, can be found here.
  • Detailing: Detailing your own car takes no automotive skills and is easier that it seems. Plus, you can save over $100 by doing the vacuuming, buffing, and shining yourself. Beautify your car with these tips from Popular Mechanics.
  • Headlight Bulbs: See and be seen by installing your own headlight bulbs. This awesome video from Popular Mechanics will have your car lighting your path in no time.
  • Clean Battery Terminals: With a few tools and five minutes to read these instructions, you can ensure your vehicle’s battery is ready to go the distance.


Go With a Pro

In most situations, it is wise to visit a professional for car maintenance. This includes, but is not limited to, annual maintenance, major engine work, and any work you’re not comfortable doing yourself. Remember, safety should always be your top priority.


So go ahead and join the DIY revolution. Undertaking simple car maintenance yourself can save money and teach you a few new skills. Just make sure you select the right ones to keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely.

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