01 It’s good to learn
Knowledge, as they say, is power. So, the more you know about your car’s inner workings, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Even better, there are plenty of Haynes Manuals to help you along the way.
02 It’s only nuts and bolts
Some people get a bit scared when it comes to working on cars, but that’s the wrong approach. It’s only nuts and bolts, and as such, it can only really come apart and go back together one way.
03 It’s not scary
Following on from number two, we really have to drive home the fact that cars aren’t something to be feared. If they were, we wouldn’t make so many helpful guides.
If you let the fear of working on your car get in the way, you’re going to lose out. Not only because you’re not fulfilling point number one, but also because you won’t be saving money. Leading us onto...
04 It’ll save you money
Garages have labour rates. As such, you’re going to pay them when you go to a garage. But you don’t need to go to a garage for every little job.
If you learn, if you get your tools out and have a go, you’ll save money. A garage might charge you £30 to fit new bulbs. You could do that yourself, for free. That’s £30 in your back pocket.
05 It’s really satisfying
Ah yes, the satisfaction of a job well done. This is why we do anything, because we want to enjoy the fruits of our labour. Master your socket set, change that broken part, feel like a pro. That’s what being a home mechanic is all about.
06 It’ll build your confidence
The more you do, the more you learn and the greater your confidence will become. This has many benefits. Not only will it mean you’re more likely to do future jobs yourself, it also means that you won’t be easily hoodwinked should you have to go to a garage for a bigger, more complicated job. You’ll have a bit of ‘the knowledge’ which will put you in good stead.
07 There’s a world of information out there
So you don’t know where to start? No worries, Haynes has your back. We have guides for almost every car you can think of. We have the ‘how to’ information you need to guide you through any repair.
There’s literally nothing stopping you. We take every car down to its component parts and then put it all back together again. Let us impart that knowledge upon you, it’s what we do!
08 You’ll bond with your car
The more you work on your car, the more you’ll come to know all its little idiosyncrasies. There won’t be a squeak, rattle or clonk, the origin of which you can’t pinpoint. You will be at one with your automobile.
That’s a great position to be in, because it means you’ll have confidence in your car and you’ll feel safer on the road as a result.
09 It’s an excuse to buy tools
Who doesn’t like tools? Buying new tools is much like buying new toys when you were a kid. All that gear, all that polished chrome. And as you buy more tools, all that potential to carry out any job that should be required increases exponentially.
10 You’ll impress your friends
Become the master of your own automobile and you’ll be the envy of all your mates. They’ll be mystified by your mastery of mechanics, astounded by your astute appreciation of the automobile and impressed by your integration into all that is internally combusted. You get the idea.
You’ll become the ‘go to’ guy for car advice and repairs, a font of all automotive knowledge, or they’ll just ask you what to do when fitting new wiper blades.