Do it yourself garage
A car is often a major expense. In addition to fuel, insurance and tax, you will probably also pay for maintenance. Every time your car has to go to the garage for this, you may be faced with a hefty expense. Would you like to save money by tinkering with your car yourself, but don’t have all the right tools, space or knowledge? Then consider going to a do it yourself garage!
What is a do it yourself garage?
A do it yourself garage is a garage that you can go to if you want to carry out maintenance or repairs on a car, motorcycle or scooter. There is room for tinkering and there are often plenty of tools available. It is also possible to bring your own tools.
What tools are available in a do it yourself garage?
A list of some tools that are often present:
- basic tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, etc.
- welding equipment
- air keys
- pressing and pulling tools
- lift bridges
- garage jack
Some do it yourself garages offer additional services such as the rental of spray booths.
Which jobs do you often perform yourself?
For these jobs, people often go to a do-it-yourself garage:
- Change oil and replace oil filter
- replaced brake discs and pads
- change tires
- minor and major maintenance
- (dis) assemble springs and shock absorbers
- (dis) assemble exhaust (parts)
- replaced clutch plates
- sheet metal dent removal
Are parts also available in a do it yourself garage?
Often standard parts are available, such as lubricants, exhaust gaskets, bearings, fluids, filters, etc. If it is not in stock, it is usually ordered quickly.
Can I also ask for help if I can’t figure it out myself?
Many do it yourself garages employ mechanics and even MOT inspectors to help you as a customer with tinkering or to give advice. You can also agree that they will finish the job for you. Often, for a small fee, the vehicle can also remain standing overnight so that you can continue with the job the next.
What about safety and liability?
It is important that you perform work safely. If you have no experience with, for example, the use of a lift bridge, the staff can help you with that. This actually applies to all jobs: if you are not completely sure about your case, feel free to ask for assistance.
Many do it yourself garages operate with a deductible. statement. By signing this in advance you declare that you are liable for tinkering with your car and using tools.
What are the costs of a do it yourself garage?
The costs vary per garage, but you can often get a spot from ten euros per hour. Often calculations are made per 15 minutes. You pay a fee for the use of a bridge and (specialist) tools. Sometimes the use of standard tools (screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.) is even free.