By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Do-it-yourself car repairs can help you stay on the road and save you hundreds of dollars. That's not chump change when set against the average $3,200 a year it costs to own a car after accounting for taxes, gasoline, insurance -- and, you guessed it -- repairs.
We spoke with car repair experts and learned that there are several easy fixes you can do at home in a couple of hours, some in less than 30 minutes. With hourly labor rates for mechanics ranging from $50 to more than $120, the savings mount up quickly. Of course, you'll need to buy the parts and perhaps a basic socket or wrench set. The latter will set you back $20-$50, while prices of the former depend on the vehicle, the quality of the parts purchased, and the vendor. But in general, asserts Scotty Kilmer, who runs a YouTube channel with how-to videos and hosts a live Q&A session on Google Hangout with car owners every Saturday morning, DIY auto repairs can save you 50-80 percent ofRead More »from Save Money with Simple DIY Car Repairs