To those of you out there whom does not mind working the elbow grease will hold these 3alphabets to heart. To the benefit if you whom find the above vaguely familiar (and no its not Malaysia’s largest home improvement retailer), D.I.Y is an abbreviation for Do-It-Yourself; according to Cambridge Dictionary. It is an activity that is undertaken by yourself; instead of paying someone else to take care of it for you.
Should You DIY your car maintenance?? If you were to ask me, Hell Yes!! But we are not writing this to for you lot to
hear about my personal, maybe biased views. I will breakdown to you the boon and the bane of DIY-ing your car maintenance. Hopefully that helps you make an informed decision on should you, or should you not work on your own ride, may others’ and make a quick buck out of it?
The Boon (The Pros, in case you are wondering)
You Will Understand Your Car Better
With the internet in your back pockets, you can find all the information that you needed to working on your car. You can rummage through blogs (like the one you are reading now), community forums and videos to give you an understanding of what could potentially have gone wrong with your car, how and what is required to fix the problem.
You can then make an informed decision on whether to get your hands dirty, or have a mechanic get their dirty hands on your money. If could do it yourself, good for you!! And if you do need to find a mechanic, you are at least armed with a rough idea of what work your car needs so that you do not get ripped off your hard-earned money.
You Could Save Money
Tying nicely into my above point of not getting ripped off; the other boon to DIY-ing your car maintenance is to save money. Notwithstanding the cost of parts, the other half of getting a mechanic to work on your car is labor cost. Getting the right parts often doesn’t cost you that much (PSA – Please only buy genuine parts; or at least quality parts if genuine ones are not available or too effin expensive) especially if you are buying them online. It is also important to take into account the cost of any tools you might need, though. The initial expense might be a fair amount, but you’re making long-term investments; maybe even turning them into a money-making side hustle? (you know lah bang, gaji kena potong masa pandemic, mana cukup cover?)
The Bane (The Cons)
Bye Bye Warranty!!
Due to the way manufacturer’s warranty works here in Malaysia, I strongly suggest that while your car is under 5years old (or 3years for some car makes) do not bother working on your car. However, knowing the way Malaysian’s penchant to go against advices; please call your manufacturer/dealer whom you bought the car from, before attempting any work on your car. Make sure that you check with them on the terms and conditions of the original warranty, otherwise you will leave them an excuse to reject any warranty claim you may have further down the 5year long warranty period.
You Lose FREE Time
The consensus of the average population on DIY; do it during your FREE time. While working on your car yourself can save you the hassle to drive yourself out to the mechanic (and get stuck in the bloody jam),it does consume your FREE time. You could spend a whole week on getting to work on your car, from identifying what needs to be done to sourcing for parts to waiting for it to arrive at your doorstep to eventually doing the actual work. You will have to be willing to spend the time on your vehicle, so it certainly helps if you find it enjoyable, so you do not feel like it is a waste of your precious FREE time.