With the rising cost of car repairs, a growing number of people are taking matters into their own hands and fixing their vehicles themselves. They are helped by countless “do it yourself” videos posted on YouTube and other websites. While this makes sense in certain situations, it is not always advisable for people to repair their own cars. It really comes down to what the problem is and what fix is needed. Sure, most people can replace a spark plug or install their own winter tires. Heck, most of us can even change a car battery or remove the rust from our brakes. But the truth is that some repairs should be carried out by a licensed and certified mechanic. For safety reasons, if nothing else. Here is a list of 10 car repairs you should never ever do yourself.
10. DVD Player or Upgraded Radio
A lot of people will look at this one and think “Please. I can install my own radio.” The problem here is that installing either a DVD player or a radio involves electrical wiring. And if you’re going to take this task on yourself, you had better know what you are doing or risk doing some serious damage to your vehicle. Dangers include short circuiting the electrical system in your car or causing an electrical fire in the vehicle. There’s also the frustration of wiring the whole system up and then finding out it doesn’t work. Taking your car to a mechanic and getting them to sort out the mess will be more expensive than if you just had a qualified mechanic install an upgraded radio or DVD player for you in the first place—usually at a cost of between $500 and $1,000. Or, you could simply go to Walmart and buy a portable DVD system that your kids can use in the car for around $100.