What types of car maintenance should you never attempt yourself?

I'm a bit of a DIYer and I'm trying to save money and expand my automotive knowledge. I know I can do basic maintenance, but I'm not sure where my expertise may run short. What types of car maintenance should you go to an expert with instead of trying on your own?

Answer
“The world of YouTube has made at-home car maintenance easier and more accessible than ever. But since every person’s handiness varies, it’s impossible to say what types of maintenance you should do yourself.
Let’s assume you have more knoweldge than your average driver.
In this case, you can probably top off your fluid levels, change light bulbs, change your air filter, and do an oil change.
As far as what you should leave to an expert might include:
  • Balancing your tires
  • Doing major engine or transmission repairs
  • Fuel system repairs or electronic systems repair
  • Air conditioner repairs
The best way to deal with these is to take your vehicle to a trusted repair shop. Unfortunately, car insurance won’t cover these repairs unless the damage is the result of an accident, but they might be covered on your car’s warranty.
Your insurance usually won’t cover car repairs and maintenance if unrelated to an accident, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t review your policy. You could be overpaying for your premiums and not even know!
If you want help reviewing your policy to ensure you’re getting the best rates, try using the Jerry app. Jerry compares rates from the top companies and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes for free.”
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Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 27, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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