Is doing your own maintenance worth while?
Question: 1. how much time would it take to learn goood basics 2. how much might I save per year doing all my own maintence I know its abstract and depends etc but I am just looking for a general ballpark
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Well, couple of years ago i didnt know anything about cars... Today I know basically everything I could ever need to know about them. I can fix almost anything on a car, last week I rebuild a transmission on my moms car which saved us 2000 dollars alone. I always say; if you can remove a bolt, put it back in and tighten it with a torque wrench, then you can do anything to your car. Its not much more complicated than that. The money saved varies by what you need to do, how much you drive ect. If you just need oil and fluid changes then maybe 500 bucks. If you need a new transmission, then you save 1500 in a week. Best part about learning to fix stuff yourself is that you get the pride knowing that you did it! nothing greater than fixing a major problem and telling someone "yep, I fixed it myself" You can learn just about anything on youtube, Any car videos just look up ericthecarguy or scottykilmer and they probably have a video. Autozone website has free service manuals that you can view on your car, where you can get schematics, diagrams, repair steps ect.
Hybrids are expensive to construct because the manufacturer needs to develop and install two motors instead of one. Plus, the complex vehicles also contain a regeneration system that is used while the driver breaks, gathering energy generated as the vehicle is brought to a stop. These three components are intricate and costly. The cost of constructing a hybrid car is reflected on the sticker price. Hybrids are considerably more expensive than traditional cars that run solely on gasoline. They are also more expensive to repair. The three systems that comprise the hybrid’s inner workings interact together. When one system fails, they all fail. Since the cars are relatively new to the market, owners can expect to pay hefty repair costs. The government is trying to offset the high cost of the hybrid car by offering a tax incentive to individuals who buy the vehicles. However, the tax incentive is not enough to cover the difference between the hybrid and the traditional gasoline-run car.....
Be prepared to attempt to do a simple repair, and ******* it up and then bringing your car to the shop and having to pay thousands when you could have just paid a few hundred for that simple repair. It's all part of learning. If you have an old car you can do your own repairs, and accept that you will make mistakes in order to learn. But this may be something you enjoy. I'm not a mechanic and I tried doing work on my old cars before, ****** them up and now I just bring the car to the shop at the first sign of any problem. Even real mechanics do things wrong. I would suggest you learn to take something apart that isn't broken like a carborator and then put it back together. Be sure to have a system to lay every bolt and nut out on the ground as you removed them. Do NOT put them in a big pile. You will have some "left over" and you won't be happy when you turn the key and a huge plume of smoke belches from your exhaust.
Hmmm..... that seems a little pricey. I say that because I built my Core i5 2500k, GTX 460 gaming PC with more performance and more extras for the same price. Then again, the asking price naturally reflects the company's overhead. Really, it's not a bad PC spec-wise. They use apparently quality parts, including a Gigabyte motherboard, and only the power supply is made by a brand I don't recognize. If you can't build a system yourself, I don't have a strong argument against it, besides my suggestion below. Also, in response to another answerer's Intel plug, AMD's CPUs also support any OS out there. Here's what I'd suggest doing. Go on any major computer manufacturer's website and find a PC with a strong quad-core processor, 4GB+ RAM, and a bad video card. Buy that instead; it'll be around $400-450. Then, hop on Newegg and buy up a 430-500w power supply and a GeForce GTX 460 video card like the ones in my source, totaling ~$160, and you've got a gaming PC that's just as fast for around $250 less. The only two differences would be the lack of an annoyingly space-age looking case and a water-cooled processor that just runs a few degrees cooler, but you need to ask yourself if an extra $250 for those things is worth the cost!
If it's something you enjoy doing and you have all the special tools and equipment required to maintain your vehicle, then go for it... If you have to buy all the tools and stuff, then you probably won't save any serious money by doing your own work. The best place to start is to buy a service and repair manual for your vehicle. These manuals won't teach you everything you need to know, but they will guide you through several procedures you may need to do to maintain your vehicle properly.
Listen, you don't need anyone's permission to kick this loser out. Things will work out with daycare and your kids. Talk to your work about change hours, go back to school, start a home business, network with other moms for child care, consider moving closer to relatives, get state help, and so on. The guy is using you and worthless. He's dragging you down so remove him. I bet if he had to pay child support or go to jail, his @ss would get a job pretty quickly.
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