Car repair costs:

Compare do-it-yourself auto repair costs to auto shop prices.

Car repair costs: fix it yourself or take it to the shop? Take a closer look at auto repair costs.

What should you do? Fix it -- or take it to the shop?

Well, there isn’t a single best answer. A lot depends on the situation, so ask yourself:

  • How complex is the auto repair?
  • How confident am I that I can tackle this job?
  • How long will the job take?
  • Do I have the time to perform it?
  • How much money would I save?

Something to keep in mind: if it’s a job you can handle and have time to do, it’s almost always cheaper to perform the job on your own.

More things to consider when evaluating car repair costs:

When doing a job yourself, you’ll need whatever quality auto parts are required to complete the job, along with correct tools. But, if you take the car to a mechanic, you’ll still have to pay for auto parts, and often at an inflated price.

Then there’s the inconvenience factor. Your repair shop may not have an appointment that neatly fits into your schedule. If it’s a lengthy job and you’re not able to get a ride back to where you work or live, that means wasting hours at the shop that could be used for something more productive.

Using an auto code reader can help you determine the auto repair costs involved.

Stumped about what’s ailing your vehicle?

An auto code reader (available through Advance Auto Parts) can sometimes help you determine the cause. This is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to decode diagnostic trouble codes on newer vehicles.

Once the code has been translated, you’ll have a better understanding of the type of job and the car repair costs involved. Thanks to your auto code reader, you can then make a more well-informed decision as to whether a shop’s auto repair costs are worth it or not.

Trust Advance Auto Parts for the quality auto parts you need for successful do-it-yourself repair jobs and to minimize your car repair costs.