How Are DIY And Certified Auto Repair Different?

You might be the kind of person who gets joy out of doing auto repair on your own vehicle; we understand that, because that’s the kind of people we are too!


But sometimes, going to a certified auto repair shop is simply the better option. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why an auto repair shop might be the right choice for your situation.

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DIY auto repair can be a big time commitment. If you don’t already have the needed knowledge or tools, there can be a lot to learn depending on what the problem is. There’s also the issue of diagnosing the problem, which can range from simple (oil change, burned out bulb) to very difficult (timing belt change, electronic/computer issues.)


Taking a car to a certified auto repair shop means you can walk away while the mechanic determines the cause of the issue, as well as during the fix itself, saving you what could end up being an entire weekend or two of your time, but is only an hour or a few hours for a mechanic.


Generally, doing a repair yourself is going to save you money on the cost of labor. The cost of parts will pretty much remain flat.


The other cost to be aware of is special tools which you may not have on hand, as well as manuals and any other documentation you may need to help you through the auto repair.


If you plan to do repairs yourself constantly, you can recoup the cost of tools and supplies over the long-term, but it is an added upfront cost.

Liability/ReliabilityMechanic Terms

When you take your vehicle to an auto repair shop, you can be assured the job will be done right, and on the off-chance it isn’t, the shop is liable to repair anything which was repaired incorrectly.


When you attempt a DIY repair, if something goes wrong you are solely responsible for correcting the repair.


Additionally, if the repair makes the car unsafe or causes a collision, an auto repair shop can be held liable for the damages. If you do the auto repair yourself, you assume the liability for any damage resulting from the repair.


If you don’t feel confident in your ability to make the repair, or feel the cost or liability is too high for a particular repair, be sure to contact Peters Body Shop and we’ll get you back on the road!