DIY or DON’T? How do you know?

oil change

At Norris, we encourage vehicle owners to learn about their vehicles, and that includes doing some of the maintenance and repairs at home. We actually have “how to” posts on our website (see how to check the oil), and articles about how your engine works.

Deciding whether to attempt a DIY car repair or leave it to a professional mechanic can depend on a few factors, however. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Are You Experienced? If you already have some experience working on cars, you may feel comfortable attempting certain repairs on your own. We suggest starting off with things like oil changes and tire rotations, then work toward more advanced things. If you are not confident in your abilities, it may be best to leave it to our mechanics at Norris.
  2. Is it Complex? Some repairs are relatively simple and straightforward, such as changing a tire or replacing a headlight bulb. Others, such as engine or transmission repairs, are much more complex and require specialized knowledge and tools.
  3. Do You Have the Tools? Before attempting a repair, make sure you have the necessary tools and resources to complete the job. Many jobs require specialized tools, some specific to your vehicle. Others will require access to a lift or other equipment.
  4. Is it Safe? Some repairs can be dangerous if not done properly, such as those involving electrical systems, airbags, or fuel lines. If you are not confident in your ability to perform a repair safely, it is best to – you know – call us.
  5. What About the Warranty? If your car is still under warranty, attempting a DIY repair could void the warranty. Check your warranty documentation before attempting any repairs yourself.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to attempt a DIY car repair or seek professional help will depend on your individual circumstances and comfort level. When in doubt, it’s usually best to err on the side of caution and call the mechanics at Norris Automotive.

Scroll to Top