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View Poll Results: Which is cheaper: DIY OR Mechanic?
DIY 24 75.00%
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:14 PM
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Poll - Which is cheaper, DIY or Mechanic.

I have a feeling I know what the response is for this one.

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Old 03-17-2013, 03:17 PM
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It's been my experience that a GOOD Mechanic is always cheaper.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:32 PM
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I don't do what I don't do. I don't walk a dog with a plastic bag & glove and I don't pretend to be an auto mechanic.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:34 PM
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It depends on the job and how much your time is worth.

For the last couple of years, I've found it best to pay a professional, unless it's a simple job.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:43 PM
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the way i figure it, unless i have to take time off from work to do it, my money is better spent doing it myself. you cant really say your time is worth x amount when its spent sitting at the pc with a cold one. that said, the only thing i dont do myself it transmission rebuilds. mostly because i dont have the specialty tools to do them. plus its nice to have the money to do other preventative stuff while in there.

i take in alot of automotive work on the side to supplement my income. sometimes its more of a chairity job and some are good paying.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:54 PM
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IDK, But if you figure cost of tools,as well as your time, and the cost of "warranting" your own work., it gets close to the same. ( You know that emergency phone call--" Honey, after YOU just replaced the brakes, the tire went flat. I had to drive on it a little ( 2 miles) to get out of traffic. I have a doctor's appointment so you need to come and fix this right now--in the rain and snow...)
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IDK, But if you figure cost of tools,as well as your time, and the cost of "warranting" your own work., it gets close to the same. ( You know that emergency phone call--" Honey, after YOU just replaced the brakes, the tire went flat. I had to drive on it a little ( 2 miles) to get out of traffic. I have a doctor's appointment so you need to come and fix this right now--in the rain and snow...)
you think a shops gonna send a guy out to change that tire because they did the brakes?

i guess it would really depend on what kind of tooling you have and how mechanically inclined you are. i know plenty of people that take their car to the shop for a new air filter.
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Question

Without more information to plug into the formula, it's impossible to make the calculation.
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Which is cheaper, DIY or Mechanic

I have a feeling I know what the response is for this one.
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{Might help in making calculation......}
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It's been my experience that a GOOD Mechanic is always cheaper.
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It's almost always cheaper for me to DIY. However, I already have most of the tools since I used to wrench for a living.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:05 PM
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Always cheaper for me to DIY.
I cannot see a situation where paying a mechanic $80/hr and a premium price on all the parts could ever even come close.
Maybe if I HAD to rebuild an automatic transmission....
Certainly an alignment, as I do not have a $100k alignment rack...

What kind of jobs do you guys save money by going to a shop for?
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:28 PM
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I've met known and had plenty of "bad" and "good" mechanics work on the cars but have only known two mechanics I would consider GREAT.
Unfortunately, both of them are out of business. I got into DIY due to being on the receiving end of one too many substandard auto repair jobs.

I can screw up a car for half the money.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:59 PM
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I cheat. One of my scraper drivers is a mechanic so in the off season he can do all sorts of little jobs for me between doing major stuff of equipment. When the chips are down we all get in & do our bit to get things going. As for cars, there are enough so that if one stops you just use another. As far as getting an auto shop to do work ~ no way!! Very few of them are any good & you normally would have a second year apprentice doing the work & paying for a tradesman.
Any one should be able to do an oil/filter change.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:39 PM
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To quote Clint Eastwood

"A man has got to know his limitations".

I am capable of doing all routine and most light corrective maintenance maintenance and have the tools and space to do so. Did a valve adjustment yesterday. But ....

I recognize those things that I do not have the experience, tools or inclination to do and have no qualms farming those out, things like transmission and air conditioning work.

Bottom line for me is; If I could not do most of the work myself, I could not afford to drive the old diesel cars that I want to drive. My 300CD is my daily driver.

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