specialized services exist for a reason
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sounds like $50 in parts and an afternoon of beer drinking and wrenching in the sun to me. oh and then $450 to blow on dumb shit.
I have little extra money, and am skilled with tools and following instructions, so I choose to learn the specialty to get xp and save gp
Plot twist: @op paid $500 for an oil change
Just shelled out $859 for a radiator replacement. First new radiator had a pinhole leak and the service got a replacement before installing.
I bet the others in the waiting room were uncomfortable.
What did he fix?
Came back to up vote this
Plot twistier- @op paid $500 dollars to watch pornhub and youtube on the shop computer, to drain his fluid while they changed his oil
Like groceries and gasoline
2nd plot twist: the porn @op was watching was hardcore gay porn, but tasteful and had good plots and dialogue
Or yknow, use those videos to teach yourself some valuable skills instead of bragging that you can't be bothered to learn new things.
Nothing, op just got raped and is proud of it.
Did you watch the porn with him?
Dude either you drive a very poorly designed vehicle or that happened at a dealership.
That's why I have a job. So i don't have to be a doctor, farmer, movie maker, car repairman, xbox manufacturer or prostitute. Wait what?
Plot twistiest - @op’s fluid was used to replace the oil they drained from his car. ENGINE BABIES!
These repair things are funny. NOT.
If your nut is viscous enough for motor oil, please get a doctor to check your everything, because something is broken.
Found the Mechanic!
I feel ya. I have to pay $500 (deductible) out of $4500 for sun roof repair on my Challenger. It feels good.
I watched my plumber snake a drain and was able to clear another drain later.
Can confirm. Most automotive work is pretty easy if you're not a moron.
I don’t have $500 but I have the skills to read and follow directions as well as tools; that’s for belittling my efforts.
Even if you are just fine instructions that cater for them.
I learn new skills all the time. I'm a programmer and sharepoint admin by trade. I just realize I have no aptitude or patience for cars.
Paying someone to do something for you is fine if you value your time more than your money.
The way I see it, mechanic makes $60 an hour, I make $30. If it takes me four what would take him two, it's cheaper to let him do it.
I'll pay a mechanic when the cost is similar or the task is beyond my tool set. But I do a lot of my own work.
Same here, I wish I could afford to pay someone else to fix my stuff though.
Yeah, me too, but if life gives you shit, use it for your garden.
True, I love how rewarding it is and you don’t have to depend on someone else or worry about someone doing shady work but boy am I lazy
This most important thing is to realize which jobs you can feasibly do yourself, and which ones make sense to contract out.
3rd plot twist: as the intro, the porn had a mechanic actually doing what OP needed done correctly
+1 for assjobs!
I in no way belittled your efforts. You're reaching pretty far there.
I do have $500 but no aptitude or patience for working on cars. Thanks for belittling my efforts.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
It’s not hard to do it right and not half ass it to be honest
And now your house is on fire.
Thats great. I was going to go for 'plot twist, the porn had a plot'
It's not hard to do it right, but just so easy to do it wrong. I know my aptitude and patience for working on cars; half-ass is generous.
Why should I pay someone $500 to screw up what I can screw up myself for free??
Especially if he was only going halfsies on the ass job. Who agreed to get the other half?
Not to mention 4 trips to the auto part store.
Unfortunately that is what is wrong with most people...
What was done for 500$?
Im with op. Pay the man, fix the problem.
I do PC repair. Nothing on the level that you do, but think of cars like PC's. Just a collection of parts.
Bought myself a volvo (Live in Sweden) and it's been a pain in the ass... BUT now I know how to change things that cost $$$$ at a mechanic.
Like a hooker to do the masturbation for you!
Depends on what it is haha.
My repairs were priced at $1200. Spent $100 and worked on it for about 3 weeks till i managed to repair it. Learned alot. Worth.
I have paid people and still gotten back error-ridden work. It doesn't inspire my confidence that I won't fuck it up.
I like the porn part
Oh look. Another normal person doing normal people things.
If op is driving a Bugatti or a Koenigsegg, that's a steal
Easy, just dont do a half ass job
New roof? Fuck that. Its like $2K more to hire someone. I wont do a roof for $2K so its worth it to hire it out.
$4500 for a sunroof? A brand new install is $1500, someone is charging you 10X what a repair should cost.
Isn't that the price for blinker fluid change?
Depends what it is. I’m willing to do most repairs myself but some stuff isn’t worth it.
Someone is charging his insurance that lol
OP's mom obviously
Lmfao. Most things take 1-2 hours and are very easy to do properly. But you keep not doing anything for yourself.
I pay extra for it
Why? Do you think $500 was too much?
Oh you’d need to pay them at least 500 to reach around and drain your fluids there at the shop
now THERES a specialized service!
I just perfer working on my own car, its much more satisfying. But I have a mechanic friend check my work after just to make sure.
You tapped your own bell I see.
(And yes, I have been making the same joke every time this YT Vid meme is posted)
1-2 hours once you're trained and practiced. Once you account for the hours learning and practicing it becomes less practical for one-offs.
What kind of porn did you watch?
By Seafoam do you mean the gas additive. Because I don't think that's safe. Unless you have a clogged converter. ;)
Depends on what it is. Valve adjustment? Sure, let the pro do it. $180 to replace a knock sensor? Fuck that. $15 part and 20 min of my time.
Whether you do the job yourself or not it sure is nice to know how. Getting raped by the mechanic because you just don’t know sucks eggs.
Well that escalated quickly
I disagree but maybe we have different skills
Your mechanic offers that service? Weird.
I think it's headlight fluid for that price
I wish I had skills to fix stuff on my own, thankfully the skills I have pay me enough to have others do that stuff for me.
Welcome to the next level of adulthood. The view is pretty nice from here.
The difference is that you give a shit about your car.
You're right! I just checked the price list of my local service station!
There’s no way in hell I’d pay that for either of those things, but you’re probably right.
Not as much as the mechanic with op jerking off behind him.
Hey, how much for a bj?
Less Schwab waiting room orgy or Walmart Tire Center because there's a huge difference.
Guy get gang raped by car mechanics, of course.
If you never worked on cars before. That's your safest bet unless it's an oil change. That's no different than changing filters
If your thumb is placed rather centalised, do just that.
Speak for yourself
If you do a half ass job then that means your just a half ass type of person.
I get this—- “you think it’s expensive to hire a professional? Just wait till you’ve hired an amateur.” So true.
As life long mechanic /foreman thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I just straight up don't trust anyone to work on my cars. They always seem to fuck something up, half ass it, or overcharge.
Brakes are ridiculously easy to change, and you can save $300.
I don’t mind reposts when they’re amusing. But this is some guy’s success story and it’s been totally ripped off.
Yes. I’m really skiddish of working on suspension and would gladly pay professionals for that. An oil change or a tie rod? That I’ll do.
Yep better to let them do it half assed lol
Working on cars isn't hard
No mechanic makes $60 an hr (maybe diesel)...the shop may make that. But i appreciate what you were saying either way =].
I'm an engineer but replaced my head gasket for $120 in 10 hours instead of the lowest quote of $4000. That was 3 years ago, still runs!
Maintain eye contact, establish dominance.
*As written by the mechanic himself
"Just check YouTube" -does that- 'NONE of this makes sense or helps!"
Lol your point make sense. I had a remodel done and friends said why didnt i do it my self. I said because i want it done right
Yeah. Like in a car I'm fine replacing say, a door handle. But stuff in the engine I'm not messing with unless I do some hardcore learning.
Exactly. Brakes, every time. Oil change? Not worth the mess to save $20 or $40.
The fuck is this doing on the front page?
..and have the room to work on it, plus the tools, etc....
This is the equivalent of fuck bitches get money, get XP save GP
I wouldn't even do that on my cars
My AC in my car stopped working. They wanted 70 bucks to diagnose it. I spent 13 for a complete repair. Sometimes you can do it yourself.
This sounds like slavery with extra steps.
I do my own brakes but it was the middle of winter. Shop wanted $400+ to change pads/shoes. I spent $40 in parts and an hour in the cold
Linux is only free if your time is worthless
Lol you're smoking crack if you think most mechanics make $60 an hour
And quickly. I paid to have my basement done. 4 months. Friends do it themselves. In 3 years. Congrats, you saved $15k and lost $30k in time
If you'd have done a half-ass job, then you did the right thing. Some of us enjoy expanding our competence and challenging ourselves.
A lot of mechanics Half ass jobs. The only way to guarantee it’s done to your standards is to do it yourself
On 1 side of our bed, wooden rail holding mattress beams was loose and about to let go. Wife just wanted to buy new frame, I said, hold on 1
Hopefully you change the oil filter too.
Facts. On the other hand I like the fact that I'm handy with tools. Me and my dad rebuilt out basement in 3 weeks only working on it
People who spend more money on services rather than physical goods led happier lives, when comparing equal salaries.
A few hours a day.
People who spend more money on services rather than physical goods led happier lives, when comparing equal salaries.
Went to a shop, got plenty of screws and nuts, enough wooden rails to create second support system on top of the old one (+ refurbish it) 2
Well that depends what the repair was... I was fixing cars long before I got my engineering degree.
My philosophy: if it’s broken, I can’t break it. Give it a try. Learn something, one way or the other.
I got life time oil changes on my v8, saves me about $70 and a mess
Otherwise I do most of my own work
I dismantled the old rail (it was holding beams, mattress and a person on 6 fucking nails!), drilled 8 holes through the frame of the bed 3
I like learning and being self-reliant, so I tend to try to figure things out myself. Oh and it saves money.
i dont know why ppl dont find it fun learning about new things
About $1500 to swap out one of the three catalytic converters on my roommate's car. $600+ just for the part. If I had the tools I'd do it.
That i understand because thats bonding time
Dealer (stealership) wanted $427 to change the REAR ONLY brake pads on my GFs 2016 Kia Forte, $427. I did it for her, $30 and 40 minutes.
I just changed a CV axle and am in the process of changing a lower control arm on a 04 Toyota 4Runner....i have no clue what im doing
with new rail held by a vice (so it was perfect match, and had to just drill 8 holes), screwed it together. Did it on both sides, added 4
But, if you're dumb enough to fuck up an oil change, there can be some catastrophic and expensive results.
I’d rather do an oil change before I dared to attempt a door handle replacement. That shit is complicated
I think it depends on the job... A mechanic was charging me $400 to change the tensioner for the belt, I did it and spent $26 + like 10 min
I stopped working on my cars in the 80s when electronic ignition and really cramped engine compartments became the norm...
Don't car mechanic waiting rooms usually have naked women on the walls?
They charge at least that
another rail below new one using nails "just in case there will be lots of jumping". However, that was fixing the bed part, I did one more 5
Most work can be done using a basic hand tools on a driveway. Any specialty tools can be borrowed from most auto part stores for free.
If it's not extremely complex, I like fixing it myself and it's way more fun than "watching youtube and porn videos" like a slob.
I'm exactly the same. So many places cut corners like not flushing through on coolant & oil changes etc but charge way too much.
thing - frame itself was squeaky. It was held only by wooden plugs and some screws. So I added metal bevels (dunno word for it) in corners 6
I had a pinhole leak in my front passenger side tire. Went to three mechanics, they all wanted to replace the tire so I patched it myself.
That's the real catch. 'You can do that for $50' Sure, let me just go get my two racing jacks, mechanics tool set, etc
Is it going to take you 20+ hours to do the job?
Plot twistiester - @op there's no car, but pornhub, youtube, $500 dollars, and a mechanic were involved.
Haha, and so first for me would be "buy neighbours house to have room for a drive"?
same way - drilling through frame and screwing it together. Outside it looks "reinforced" and metal screws really look well with wood. 7/8
Please adopt me. You have no idea how much maintenance my parents do on their half-baked DIY projects. It's maddening.
In my case "lets buy the neighbours house, and knock one of the 2 down so I have a drive", my cars live on the road..
Thats an important lesson, nothing worse than dumping a bunch of time and money into a project only to end up in over your head
As an auto repair shop owner, thank you. For many reasons, thank you.
And now your car is on fire anyways...
If you have limited knowledge on the subject, its likely to take you significantly longer and could cost you more for mistakes you made
So many things are actually really easy and YouTube is a game changer. Worth checking
The right part of the South and that is your drive. "What ya doing buddy?" 'Oh just replacing my engine block... in the street'.
Doesn't make a sound even during "extensive" use. Spent 1/20th of a new frame, took 9 hours. By the way, I am an IT guy living in apartment8
If I can pay someone to do it for me, I will pay someone to do it for me.
so no outside home workshop or garage to help. 9/9
I'd hate to try to use an engine lift on a cambered road.. I wouldn't even want to try to change the oil due to the angle.
My cars are parked on the cambered road, same as my neighbours.
Normal maintenance stuff I'll do myself. But if something's broken, it's going to a mechanic. Ain't nobody got time fo' dat.
Big titty goth porn I hope
as a tech, an oil change CAN cost much more than that! depending on what's found in the oil
Plus, our roads (uk) are normally narrower then "the South" in question, I bet ;)
yeah the quaterly blinkerfluid flush
As a tech, 99.999% of my job is fixing DIYer's fuck ups. Had one guy who tried to rearrange the shift pattern on his truck for some reason..
The relative ease of the work isn't counterbalanced by how unpleasant and time-consuming it is. Avoiding that hassle is the real value to me
And if OP can afford a Koenigsegg, they probably make more than $500 in the time it would take to do it themselves.
I once got three quotes to remove and dispose a 10x10 kitchen (cabinets and countertop): $300, $800, and $1500. All sounded like scams.
Then boom, you can help friends later.
When the pay is similar, the literally mechanic doesn't get paid. All you're paying for is parts and shop rate.
I disagree. Being a prostitute seems a lot easier than making your own Xbox.
An ass job you say?
yeah, you can guess how that went. Apparently he was trying to turn it into a "dog leg" transmission for racing.
Also for here, that would be "any speciality tools might be rented to you by a parts store", there won't be a borrow, sell or rent, yes.
I made the mistake of thinking Jiffy Lube would just change my oil instead of taking my car apart and going through an entire list of extras
oh, look up!! it's the joke passing over!!
I had to systematically decline. Ended up taking 3 hours. I could have changed it in 15 minutes but was really busy. Never *ever* again.
Door handles are ezpz though, at least on my car. But yeah, it's a bit more than an oil change.
I'm pretty sure I couldn't even drive my truck on half of your roads in the UK, so you are on point there. Also the definition of road here
can be a bit 'broad'.
The thing is you can normally get an external handle for $20 or less (mine was $5) and the labor is normally 3x that or more.
Took me only half an hour or so my first try and I only needed a 10mm socket and a screwdriver
I work outside my house exactly because I don't want to work inside my house
Depends what you drive.. you probably just couldn't afford to drive it, rather have have a width issue.. ;)
Maybe some people are just appreciate their leisure time and don’t consider chores to be enjoyable.
We get it your a pimp, im moving on.
It would practically write itself. "I'm here for a lube job, and a bit of work... under the hood."
Nice! He did a half assed job for you
You have words and I like them.
But braks are ez
Depends on your looks
This could be its own post. Put some white letters on success kid meme and you might have front page
Yeah, but if you mess up your door handle you can drive your car to the mechanic. If you mess up the oil change...
What was wrong with it?
don't know why this was downvoted, it's true. found an ear plug in oil once.
Nah, I am comment farmer. That bed is not best job, but we don't have to buy a new bed anymore, plus it's durable for double size mattress.
Just had my plumber rebuild my plumbing system ventilation and snake my drain. It is like these professionals are way better at this!
Sometimes true sometimss BS. GF was told she would need a whole new speedo for her bike. I replaced the cable for £5 and fixed
As a mechanic, thank you. Saves me having to charge double to fix what you did.
$1500 sounds like a scam, but $300 sounds reasonable for removal and disposal.
Plus, I don't have progress photos, aside of few "what do you think?" shots I made for wife when she was at work.
Cool, congrats. OP clearly has no desire to learn that particular skill, stop being a condescending prick.
had a customer put washer fluid in the oil before thinking it was for washer fluid. filled it til they could see it. just... how
Client of mine drives imported dodge crewcab pick up. You'd spot it, it's the one with "hemi" on one said and "lpg filler" on the other ;)
You retard, this is a critique of those reposts.
As a non-tech, even *I* know that if you find a mettalic slurry instead of oil, it's gonna be *far* mre than $500 to fix it. 'Tis but one /1
I do %90 of my repairs myself. If a tool costs more than just having a pro fix it, I'll let someone else do it. Otherwise I man up.
Some things are easy. I've cleaned an idle control valve and soldered a replacement injector wire before. Oil and plugs change are easy too.
possibility for "nasty" found in oil, but it's probably the most expensive too.
A valuable skill is knowing your own limits, and distinguishing what you can and cannot do without help.
Do you buy groceries? I bet you do. Why don't you just learn to farm your own food, huh?
My dad was raised by an auto-mechanic. He rebuilt his own car at 16. But he pays people to fix most things now, because he wants to spend
a mechanic wanted $400 for a small repair, took it to another mechanic down the street who did it for $50. said it was a minor thing and....
$500? sounds like an air filter problem
time elsewhere. I can change tires, spark plugs, oil, etc (dad made it a requirement to get my license), but it doesn't mean I want to.
the shop might charge that, the mechanic doesn't put that in his pocket
So I now see. This is what I get for skim reading.
PC repair? Lol what retard wastes money on a CPU when they can just take the time to build one from scratch out of raw silica
I have the money, the tools, and the time, but do not have the skills
You probably could have watched a you tube video on how to do it properly yourself for 50 bucks.
I *DO* like learning a lot of other new things though =) I've taught myself to sew.
that, or the dreaded "milkshake".
ya, but at least he knows how. knowledge is best thing in the world
Oh, and I do a lot of home repairs.
Nothing success kid about that. There's nothing he did that you couldn't do yourself if you educated yourself a little.
Luckily mine was a short walk away. Bought a drift tool to change brakes, and the end mushroomed after I got 1 side off.
Except if you have any brains whatsoever.. with all the resources out there, doing simple car repairs is nothing.
I keep seeing more and more of these... interesting marketing strategy to get people not to learn something new or take an interest.
...even showed me how to check to make sure it doesn't happen again. good guy, gave him $40 tip(tbh all I had was $100, very thankful)
Not sure what that is. (I might know if you describe it, but I'm not familiar with the English term.) ...Or I could just google it. And >>
Me too. I have skills to do it myself no problem. Just no time. Luckily though, I also have money for service. Or else I'm screwed.
Worked with my dad in school holidays, and when we did that I would be dry heaving the whole time. a 6' cube inspection chamber full (1/2
yeah, I'm familiar with the concept. (Never driven one myself though...)
Broke your foot and need a doctor? HURR JUST THINK OF YOUR BODY LIKE A COLLECTION OF PARTS HOLY SHIT IT'S SO SIMPLE PLEASE FUCK MY FACE
Did you have to buy a new 10mm socket? I hear they're impossible to find.
I would never, ever, ever even consider paying someone else what I am paid to "do computer shit"...constantly amazed that people will pay me
of rotting bolognese from a food factory with female sanitary products floating on it was the worst (2/2)
I just wanna be able to do oil, brakes, tires, and spark plugs. Everything else probably requires more knowledge and equipment than I have.
I've said this and then shunned for it. "Pff a real man would do it and do it right."
Wat was the repair
How do you mess up an oil change?
I did a roof once myself. Fuck that! The sun burn and aches and pains are not worth it. I paid for the next one.
26' of cabinets and an island - tore it all out in about 2 hours solo. Kept the wood that was usable, burned the rest. $300 is an ok price
Yeah im pretty sure they meant the job itself is 60 an hour (oil change or something)
I expected my powertools to be more useful than they were. Sledge + prybar carried the majority of the workload.
So true. My mechanic relatives think they can do anything "handy". They are wrong.
I think you should do as much as you can, but sometimes...let the pro do it.
You need time, money, energy, and coordination to do all that. Not everyone has all those at any one time.
Time and place for everything. Pay someone and learn nothing. Some can be youtubed. Some require experience and tools not easily obtained.
You would be surprised how much caring about what your doing makes a difference. The savings though, that's the real bonus.
Doing a "half ass job" is the start of learning a new skill. If you never try you will never learn.
I'm a tech, when the customer gets a deal, we get screwed. The shop will still get their money most of the time, but the actual mechanic 1/?
That is the basic mechanism that provides income for all repairmen. It's a service, like restaurants.
2/ doing the work get little to none. For example, we offer $30 oil changes on sundays. For that price the shop looses money, AND tech --
And plus I dont want to spend the time or energy doing.
3/ gets nothing! The point being, is to find something else wrong with the car we can charge to fix. Warranty work is the same, since
Bout 20 bucks
4/warranties AREN'T manufacture offered, they're 3rd party for profit companies. So they pay out as little as possible, AKA just shop rate-
5/ and parts (whew, that was a long one lol)
Completely draining the oil and stripping the plug
the problem arises when assholes blatantly overcharge you like 2-5k for a 200-500 job.
Accidentally putting washer fluid in instead of oil. Nearly did that to my coolant tank I was tired XD
Like my 1500$ Cherokee that previous owners were told had a blown head gasket? 14$ upper radiator hose. I hate thieves.
Unless it was something relatively easy, in which case it's false pride
A professional came within 10 feet of your car for under $1000? Holy fucking shit give me the number to that place ...
Why arent you sharing @OP, huh?
it's called flat-rate pay. It's in between salaried and hourly. Basically it works like this, car comes in with a misfire, you have 1/
2/ one hour to find the problem, you get paid for that hour regardless of how long it takes. Say you find it's the ignition coil. You look
I think the most beautiful thing about money is the comfort of not doing shit yourself.
3/ in a flat rate book to find how long it should take (every car model has one). Again you get paid for that amount of time regardless of
4/how long it takes. basically you're still paid by the hour, but only as many hours as the book says it should take you.
I get all four of mine done for $300 rotors and pads replaced with an alignment.
You can forget about tires. You need expensive specialty equipment to change tires properly. The others are super easy.
I'm scared of jacks though, so I let my mechanic do it lol
Live and let live, i Support this.
Oil change, brake pads/rotors, spark plugs and other easy fixes are simple to learn on your own. Anything more complex, take it in and pay.
Sounds like pepboys. I really needed my rear brakes replaced and I thought they did all four instead. Those bastards charged me $700
Oh by far. I can do all new rotors and pads for $150. That's $800 at a chain shop.
2 that's why I found my mechanic and refused to let anyone else work on my car.
I think it's better to be skilled in various things yourself.
Lmao I knew it was possible
"He ChAnGeD mY lOwBeAmS"
And don’t forget to factor in how much YOUR TIME IS WORTH in this equation.
A lot of people think they can do their own oil changes... except it’s illegal if you don’t dispose of the used oil properly.
What's his car, a Mercedes Benz?
It's hard to do it wrong. What did you repair?
Uh it’s almost like mechanics have to spend thousands of dollars on schooling and tools and need the money to repay it all....
I learned how to do auto body work on an older car of mine and saved $1200. Was worth it.
Not for the axle, just a bigger breaker bar and i dont believe i will for the arm either. My gf's wheel is bent inward at the top 1/2
Is that NOT the right price?!
I will refill the windshield washer fluid and put air in the tires. That's it. Anything else, I'm happy to hire someone.
So im hoping that will fix it after im able to get an alignment done as well..couod be the upper control arm as well but wont know til i try
With OP whispering in the mechanics ear "the quicker you finish the quicker i finish"
Drywalling. You can do it. But it will look like you did it.
Pro's roll in like a swarm of bees and 8 hours later - new roof. Money well spent. Plus - you didn't die.
Next time also pay a hooker and you don't have to tug the boat yourself
I fix computers for a living. I'll write scripts, open up the computer and change parts. If my car needs something my mechanic does it.
I took my car in to have the coolant drained and replaced. The dude was like we're booked for two weeks and then said, it's just a plug 1/
you unscrew from the radiator. Went home bought a 'catcher' and coolant and saved a 100 dollars for 15 minutes of work.
Right? How the hell is this a success meme they did absolutely nothing
You didn't turn the rotors. didn't degrease, clean, re-lube the moving parts on the calipers. They'll seize up and then she'll pay even more
Why are so many people down on other people for being independant? Mechanics often don't even fix the problem, they just replace the part
Did OP win? I think OP won this meme.
Found the mechanic
Nah, the porn wasn't so bad. When he started ask everyone to peg him that's when it got a little strange
Some sockets, a torque wrench, time & the internet and it's fine. You make it sound like you have to study on a forbidden mountain or smn
yeah, but 500$ for what exactly ? change a light or change the door ?
Ahhh!!! I’m weak.
Man, that will be an interesting porno when it comes out sometime in the next week
No half-ass job by me, everything I do is ALL-ASS
And no cars=no pay. I've had entire 10 hr days where I got paid for maybe 2.
No, I actually have mine on a string tied to one of my ratchet wrenches. That is my 10mm only wrench and I take good care of him.
yep. wrong part, gotta go back. part is broken- back again. Find another rubber part on your car that disintegrated, back for third time...
I had a shop quote me $700 to drop my gas tank off my dodge pickup to diagnose a problem because they said the straps were old and
or you don't have the right tools to do the job properly.
yeah some are worth it, some aren't
It would be a lot of labor to do it yada yada. Well fuck that nonsense. I took the truck home and took off the 4 bolts holding the bed
To the frame and got clear access to the tank with no issue in under 20 minutes and not breaking anything. So yeah sometimes doing it
Yourself pays off.
buying gf 3k gp
I learned how to not do a half-ass job when I was young. I had very little money so it was the only option.
I went concrete walls to a bedroom, full bath w heated floor, relocated plumbing, custom bar, large rec room, all made to look like original
Well, I disagree. A friend had issues on his cars,mechanic said 1000€ for the item, I searched an used one, 80€. But, if you don't know...
Depends on the repair
Because I’m not that handy. I maybe could do it in 3 years. But never by myself , even full time, in 4 months
Anything about caq (or anything else) you should probably listen to them
Plot twested — @op is an oil.
So true! I myself take the used oil back to the place where I bought it. They know me there. Sometimes I bring a pizza and we talk cars.
If you enjoy the process, then it's not a waste of time. Depends on how you were otherwise going to spend that "$30k" of time. Watching TV?
I get paid 9 and hour so sliding into a tree due to ice cost me 300 hours of my life
Hahahahah, just what I would do.
Fuel filter, oil change, control arm & bushing? Easy. Water pump? Depends on car. Brakes? Also depends on car ...
A lot of people think they can just pour it down the drain or into the yard and let rain wash it away....
ya don't HAVE to be a prostitute, sure.
Enjoying the bar, hanging w friends, peace & quiet between kids, enjoying projection screen for movies/games/sports.
Oh, ew, no! They have signs at the part store saying explicitly not to do that!
But timing belt, some starters, some gaskets, and transmissions ? Clutch cable? Heater core? Hell no pay for those
In the context of the comparison, what is charged for the service is significant. What the Mechanic's end of it is, is irrelevant,.
True. Only worth getting into if you foresee repeat service being necessary.
For people who couldn't do better than a half assed job and people who are uninterested. I do my own car, I do well... and I save a LOT $
And just plain wrong. Most parts stores will let you bring it in and dump it in their container, or you could build a waste oil heater.
Some people enjoy DIY, others don't. I happen to like learning skills & being able to save $400 on a job that really only took an hour to do
Some people just don't have the skilz. You shouldn't be ashamed. much.
Pedantic man says: Once you pay him, by definition, he's not an amateur!
Because I want to. I'm actually restoring a car too. Not saying it's bad you used a guy, but just saying that way isn't for everyone either.
Points and laughs: I can do both (usually) but my dad can't do shit on computers, so we trade time & fix each other's. He's a mechanic.
Heinlein said specialization is for insects, but it doesn't hurt to let someone who's more specialized, look at the job instead of you. :D
[Insert Heinlein "Specialization" quote]
You mean the oil change where I put a straw up my pee pee hole and drain my pee, and refill it with someone else's pee?
Very much so. I graduated and got actual salary... Now I have so much less time, I've started buying services instead. Unless it's fun!
Legitimate. Like I said, it depends on whether or not you enjoy the building. Some enjoy it and get a sense of satisfaction. And
You think its easy to pretend unattractive people are attractive? Or do prostitutes not have to pretend they actually want to fuck you?
Assumptions my dude! Rotors stayed, did degrease,silicone lube in rubber guides boots,anti-seize where metal contacts.I know what Im doin :)
they can use the money saved to better enjoy their remaining free time.
Installed coilovers myself using a youtube guide. Fucked my alignment, toe, and scraped the inside of one of my rims on the strut -->
--> paid a tire place to do an alignment and correct any mistakes and it still came out cheaper than if I had just paid a shop to do it all.
Congrats on having $500 to spend, @op.
Instead of paying mechanic you could pay some decent hoes with that money
The fact that I have to dispose of it is enough for me to just get somebody else to do it lol
Holy shit could you possibly be more of a dick? Its the exact same thing an artist says. Looks at your drawing like a bunch of shapes.
It's easier to break down and understand. It's a really simple concept. You don't need to be such an enormous shitlord about it.
I only watch gay porn of the guys can convincingly make it seem like they love each other
I usually just YouTube auto repair/maintenance stuff and judge from there whether or not it's something I can handle myself.
Hey, you're the one who barged in and implied OP was lazy because he paid for goods and services. Be a cunt get cunty responses ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Car not on fire
I just take it back down to the creek and pour it in the water. The fish love it! They even have extra features like a third eye!
It's worth knowing what you're paying for. I got quoted £440 to fix a squeaky cabin air blower. £45 and an hour to fix myself.
Just keep on truckin'
Depends on what the repair was.
...and now the car's on fire (really missing out on the memes here...)
Valve adjustment is no joke though, you really need to know what you are doing.
Sure, I get it. But they also have 3 fewer years :-)
I pride myself on cultivating a basic understanding of MOST skills - not anywhere near expert - but I like to dabble enough to be dangerous
...To my wallet. Case in point: needed to change out brake pads in my car. Borrowed a buddy's jack and got new rotors, pads, degreaser and
YT'd the FUCK out of it so I wouldn't have any questions. First thing I find is that my buddy's jack won't lift high enough to get my wheels
Off. So I decide, fuck it. Buy a big 'ol honkin jack (this baby is gonna come in so handy!), then I've got everyrhing off. But the caliper
Sometimes it's not about how much your time at work is worth, it's about how much free time at your home is worth to you.
Specialization is for insects
Yeah the sun roof alone would be $1500, but the glass from the SR cut up the roof and my trunk lid and my spoiler so they're gonna 1/2
Won't release. Fuck. More YT research. More trips to store for too rental, and I lost my master cylinder cap so I had to get one of those.
repaint the roof, the trunk lid, and replace the spoiler. The estimator found other damages but I can't list them off the top my head 2/2
Well suffice to say it took a while weekend and what I promised the wife would be an $80 job cost me $250. Damn. So I lower the car and brak
es are mush. Keep stomping. Get out, huge pile of brake fluid. Fuck. Ok so I YT some more and take a day off work and decide to take it to
Ah, yeah, they charge out the ass for paint. Prep work is a bitch and takes forever.
Hah, I can drop the transmission on my car in less than 2 hours now, on my back.
I put it back where it came from too! A hole, in the ground, behind my garage... (kidding btw, cause some people can't detect sarcasm)
a shop just in case. Apparently I "totally fucked my rear calipers" and they required "replacing." So that's how a $250 job turned into a
"Sorry for what? Our daddy taught us not to be ashamed of our dicks"
$600 job and how the I've won't let me touch eother of our cars again. I said to her - babe, I 100% know how to do it correctly NOW.
Even an oil change I won't risk mucking it up. Car is just too important to risk. But household things I will usually try myself first.
It's just that the YT videos didn't go over THAT unique trait of our fuckin bullshit ghetto-ass car. But hey now I know and I've got tools.
Except electrical. No way.
/end. Sorry everybody
It really is a bitch. I take my car in the 18th for repairs and they say it won't be done until the 26th.
But I bet you get a loaner and there is nothing faster than a rental car.
1/I have a great Precision Tune in my area. They actually find out what's wrong instead of just putting new parts on until it's better.
2/ I guess having know the same manager for 15 years at that location is an indicator that they don't fuck around.
My dashboard lights went out on my car. First mechanic suggested replacing everything. $1k job. Went to dealer, they said they knew the
problem and would do it for around $800. I called around and found a shop that recognized what the issue was and they'd fix it for $160 with
But, depends what you would do INSTEAD with that time of yours.
a lifetime warranty and that worked out great. It's fine to pay for services but definitely shop around, especially with cars.
$500 is nothing, you really probably could have done it yourself
Of course, there are definitely certain things that basically any idiot can do that mechanics might overcharge for, such as changing ...
+1 for watching porn
Maybe some people don't consider it a chore?....
... a light bulb.
I've been assistant drywaller for 3 weeks and it still looks like I did it. But at least I can do screw holes like a champ
Depends on the job. Some things aren't worth paying a guy $130 an hour for. Only work I've ever outsourced is AC work
Every time I do a roof or concrete, I swear I'll never do it again. Tomorrow I'm helping build a shed. I'll end up on the roof for sure.
So porn repairmen really do fix things?
I do have the option to use a rental car. But I have my other car for stuff like it and for daily driving. The challenger is the fun car lol
Seriously people. Don't cheap out on vehicle repair. You'll usually pay for it in the end.
Never seen naked women at any garage
There are some jobs you should just leave to professionals.
*looks around* Who mentioned Seafoam here?
I do it myself. Just did a ujoint in my truck took a couple hours and saved hundreds in labour
AWESOME! Instead of these other ones where people complain about people charging too much. Profit in a capitalist society, how dare they!
You know, they call it science, but it won't help you learn to fix the car in the future.
Most definitely. Im a mechanic but just paid a plumber 700 for work in my house
Yeah but what was the repair?
As a dealership lead technician, I thank you for your business.
I've had horrible experiences with so called "professionals". From friend referrals to yelp reviews, something always goes wrong.
Time is money, friend!
This, plus I've had bad experiences, stealerships not doing their work right. At least I know what I've done and how I've done it.
That seems utterly stupid. Do they work for Exxon Mobile?
i pay, not because I do not have the knowledge, but because I am weak as hell and will hurt myself in the process. lol
W H Y
Could be a minute muffler....
I bought stuff to change my car's oil and it somehow cost more than going to jiffy lube :(
Wanted to convert it into a "dog leg" transmission
Last time I was into working on cars I broke a bolt on the air intake. Took the top part off, put a wad of paper towel into the opening 1)
You need specialty tools to mount and balance tires. You can't do it by hand.
drilled a hole in the top of the bolt (paper towel kept the shavings out of the intake), pulled the bolt with a bolt extractor 2)
Oil change tire rotation and air filter. Do yourself. Rebuild your engine? Lets the pros handle it
During this time my obnoxious room-mate was laughing at me, until I got the bolt out in one piece, then he said he was impressed 3)
And this is why you take it to someone who knows what they're doing. Not some YouTube wannabe
I smugly bolted the cover back on, started the engine COUGH COUGH COUGH! I'd forgot to pull the paper towel out of the intake 4)
Pulled the sparkplug, used a grabber tool to reach in and rip out as much paper towel as I could from inside the cylinder. 5)
Oh the best is, you need this and this based on your mileage etc. And the customer is like sorry I got a mechanic that does my work...1/2
Then why the hell you bring it here to begin with???? Lol
Put the plug back in, engine started OK. Went back inside, did not tell the obnoxious room-mate about my mistake... 6)
Decided to stop buying Italian cars and get something reliable next time
I learned to replace the air filters, screw paying $200 -$400 for labor and part that costs $20.
Still hating this trend.
That's quitter talk
Point. I drive an F-150 crew cab, one of newer ones so not quite as gas hungry but I wouldn't wanna pay per liter either.
I paid a guy $65 to put together my futon
As someone who has a small service business, I love you.
Oh duh, you’re right. I forgot about the balancing.
Could have watched you tube and learned to fix it for cost of parts. Unless it's electrical then your fucked.
You’re absolutely right. After the quotes, I checked Youtube and figured out how to take out cabinets. Only needed the driver and knife.
The dump took all of it for $40. And it didn’t take all that long... so yah I also think Youtube is great for DIY.
Absolutely. However, some stuff - I just pay a guy to do it because fuck plumbing and electrical.
In Many places.. doing certain jobs on your own car while not licensed is illegal.. It's just super hard to enforce. Brakes for example
I was told there would be corner cabinet pictures on imgur...?
You don't have to frequent the same places as your dad, try one of those 5 minute places
For decision purposes, is this about the top half or the bottom half of the ass?
Top off the blinker fluid, repack the muffler bearings
What time zone are you in, the 1950s?
"No, sir, that's a peg BOARD"
I took the interior panel off my door. A lazy week later, my fuel flap release switch is up in my apartment, and I'm down the street. Oops.
I divide my ass into left and right, for what I hope are obvious reasons
Oh, that's pretty cheeky. Who gets the middle bit then?
Did he change the oil filter too? Or was that another $250?
My milkshake brings all the new head gaskets to the service department, and their like, do you want a courtesy vehicle? And I'm like .... HA
I spent an extra $700 because I like working breaks & steering, fuck head on collisions.
Ford Transmission failure? or BMW brake light replacement?
The very reason I want to be rich.
So this is something I've never learned and would like some perspective on: why is balancing important?
Well the mechanic I went to charged me $85 for what he guessed might be the problem and then said it'd take a $1k to fix his guess.
And did the oil change go as planned, OP?
Dont feel bad, put new tie-rods on my van, NTB tells me my brand new 4 day old inner tie rods are fucked and need replaced already
was there for an allignment. Took it elsewhere, mechanic laughed said they are full of shit. Tightened my jam nut and alligned my tires
paid $60 instead of the $516 NTB wanted for replacing my brand new rods XD
Always good to know what your doing when you get hands on :) I've spent a good while with my uncle and my brother learnin to do that shit
on my own. Atleast what I can do on my own and save money. Everything else I just gotta eat the bill
Make sure to check with your manufacturer to be sure your Haynes manual is up to date. One of my brother's old cars the haynes manual had
a majorly incorrect set of info regarding the engine and the manufacturer warned against using the manual for repairs regarding it
changed my radiator. thinking. Oh u so smurt. gona save money. boy would I pay now to have that shite done for me.
Yeah seriously! Local dealership wanted at min. 1,000 for my upper air intake gasket replacement.... $30 part... my brother did it in 1 hour
$50 + time + transport + 6 week wait for parts for a mechanic to fix my motorbike. $30 and a 4 week wait for me to do it myself at home.
You'd be amazed at how simple some $500 repairs are.
not to be petty here,,,,but thats the point off specialized skills...if companies wouldnt be such fucks and overcharge like mad
For what it's worth, that very thing you spent time doing, watching Youtube, is what helped me learn to fix my own car. Food for thought.
I always pay mechanics for complicated stuff, but do easy repairs like replacing timing belts and head gaskets myself.
I'm willing to pay $10 so that I don't have to crawl under the car and dispose the old oil.
Brakes always look easy, but usually they're so rusted or stuck it takes three times longer than you thought.
I believe it keeps the tires from wearing unevenly, which, if they do, can cause a bunch of unusual vibration throughout your vehicle.
To be honest I’ve just got one of those friends who will do most things for a case of Canadians.
Nice work. Do research each time something comes up. Attempt to fix it yourself if you're confident. You'll learn lots and save money!
Yea, and when he replied, instead of continuing to be a dick I responded with some reasonable advice.
they often get a better deal on parts, so if I feel the cost above parts is worth my time I pay them. I am worth $50 an hour.
But if they want parts plus 4 hours for a 2 hour job, I'll do it if it isn't too complicated
It's NOT just brains. Some people really, genuinely, just are not mechanically apt.