Self-maintenance with Porsche Pros and Cons

Pros of self-service

No cost for labor

Taking a vehicle into a shop to be repaired or properly maintained can be quite expensive. Between the cost of both materials and labor, the prices build up quickly. However, doing the maintenance yourself can be significantly cheaper, after all you labor is free.

According to a survey by Canstar Blue, more than half of the sample size claimed to wait as long as possible until having their car serviced. This response was most prominent among drivers between the ages of 25-39, with 61% of the surveyed drivers aiming to lower expenses spent on their vehicle. Considering how high those expenses can get, this is not very surprising.

DIY and the internet

Among the most recent advances in technology, the internet is probably the most significant. It allows you to access anything that has been published by anyone. This includes do-it-yourself guides, that will allow to perform regular services on your vehicle for the cost of the materials required to do it. Among other things, you can learn to:

  • Check and change your oil levels

  • Check water levels, wiper, and washer fluids

  • Top up the water in the radiator

  • Check the air filters and change them if needed

  • Check your battery’s health and change it if needed

  • Replace your headlights

  • Replace worn out windshield wipers

  • Replace any broken fuses

Cons of self-service

It takes time and is not warranty friendly

The reason labor costs so much is because time is valuable, which includes yours. DIY car maintenance, while not overly difficult, takes time if you intend to do it correctly. It could be better to purchase the parts at cost and have a qualified mechanic install them, however, the labor cost needs to be considered. Additionally, while doing it yourself could potentially void a warranty, hiring a qualified mechanic would not.

The majority of auto shops will charge a slight fee to install these parts:

  • A new battery

  • Speaker system/subwoofers

  • Wipers

  • Light in headlights or cabin light

  • Roof racks

  • Storage pods

  • Antennae

Trained mechanics may still be needed

While you can self-educate yourself on most things, you will certainly need a mechanic for any major repairs to ensure that everything is done correctly.

These repairs generally involve the more critical parts of your car that require regular professional maintenance to extend their life, and immediate repair in the event that they fail. The engine is one such part.

Again, not warranty friendly

Car warranties are valid according to the ACCC as long as the following conditions are met:

  • The repairs must be performed by a qualified mechanic. During the warranty period, non-dealer mechanics are also allowed.

  • The services must be performed to the manufacturer’s specifications at the recommended times according to the logbook.

  • You must use the correct parts for the correct purpose. While they do not need to be made by a specific manufacturer, they do need to fit the purpose.

According to this, DIY services will void your warranty if you do not have the correct qualifications.

This does not include extended warranties, which are another concept all together. They require all services to be done at the manufacturer or dealer’s center and does not violate the ACCC. Due to this, even with the correct qualifications, DIY will void your warranty.

Insurance policies may not cover certain DIY

Under most circumstances, insurance policies have no problem with DIY maintenance, as long as that maintenance does not include: the wheels, body, or exhaust system. Call your insurer to confirm with them what DIY is and is not allowed for you to stay insured.

So is DIY worthwhile?

You can perform whatever service you would like on your vehicle. That being said, certain benefits that came with the vehicle upon your purchase may become void if you do so. Additionally, while you may be able to perform the maintenance, a professional can always make sure it’s done for maximum performance of your vehicle.

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

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