Self-maintenance with Porsche Pros and Cons

Pros of self-service

Easier on the wallet

You can potentially save a lot of money by buying parts and tools yourself and going the DIY route. After all, your labor is free – as long as you have the time to put in.

Probably for the cost reason alone, more than half of the drivers surveyed by Canstar Blue stated they wait as long as possible before getting a service to save money. This was highest with drivers aged 25-39, with 61% trying to cut expenses on their vehicle.

DIY guides are accessible

Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of regular service procedures that you can easily do yourself with literally no prior education about how your car works:

  • Check oil levels and change the oil if needed

  • Check water levels and top up the water in the radiator and the wiper and washer fluid container

  • Check and change air filters regularly

  • Test battery levels and change the battery as needed

  • Replace headlights (apart from that little light above the number plate, which is a bit harder to get to on my car)

  • Replace worn out windscreen wipers

  • Replace blown fuse

Cons of self-service

It takes time

Servicing your own car takes a lot of time. It might even be cheaper and faster for you to buy the parts from your local auto store and have them install them for you. This is one option that doesn’t invalidate your warranty, because the installer will be a qualified mechanic.

Most auto stores will usually install the following parts for you, generally for a small fee:

  • Battery

  • Audio system/subwoofers/head units

  • Wiper blades

  • Light globes in headlights or overhead cabin light

  • Roof racks and storage pods

  • Baby seats

  • Aerial antennae

  • Seat covers

Some repairs and maintenance need to be done properly

A trained mechanic will need to complete certain tasks anyway, even though you can do most things yourself. Things like major repairs are best done by a professional.

There are also a stack of car parts that you should absolutely get serviced regularly and fixed as soon as they break, to prevent more expensive parts from carking it (like the engine).

May invalidate your warranty

According to the ACCC law, a car warranty will remain valid if you follow the three main conditions:

  • Qualified staff: You can also have your car serviced by a non-dealer qualified mechanic during the warranty period. No need to service a car only with the dealer.

  • Manufacturer’s specifications: You do need to get the services done at the recommended times in the logbook.

  • Fit for the purpose: The parts used do not need to be genuine parts but must be the correct part for the job.

This denotes that doing your own servicing will invalidate your warranty if you are not a qualified mechanic yourself.

Extended car warranties are slightly different. They do require you to service your car at the manufacturer or dealer’s service center, and this does not violate the ACCC law. So, doing your own servicing during an extended car warranty will invalidate your warranty even if you are a qualified mechanic.

Check your car insurance policy first

Will your car still be insured if you are doing DIY services? Usually, yes, you’ll be fine. However, if you’re doing some DIY modifications to the wheels, bodywork, or exhaust system, you may not be, so call your insurer before getting out the toolbox.

So, should I still DIY?

Feel free to fix or modify your car however you want, after all, it is your property. Just be aware that you may be giving away the benefits you acquired when purchasing the vehicle, and of course, what you decide to fix yourself may not be working to the fullest potential it could when done by a professional.

If you’ve decided to opt for a professional vehicle servicing, give us a call at (941) 923-1700 or make an appointment online.

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