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When Doing Your Own Car Repairs was an Option

It doesn't seem that long ago that I actually used to look under my own hood with regularity. Like a lot of guys in their twenties, I was fascinated with the idea of fixing up my old Classic car. For me, it was a '69 Chevelle.

Stepping on the gas was amazing; you could actually feel yourself lift off with just a tap of your foot.

And the smell of the perfectly-aged vinyl as you rumbled through the city side streets on a hot summer's day—a working air conditioner nowhere in sight.

When the ride became a little bumpy, you immediately diagnosed the problem with a trip to Pep Boys.

Maybe today it's time to change the spark plugs. Or the air filter. Why not? When you opened the hood their was nothing but an engine and a few clearly visible parts. As far as mechanical set-ups go, it was total transparency. Well, that's how regular folks like me saw it

A child could've dabbled under there and gotten a few routine maintenance chores right. My brother WAS a child at the time—a mere 14 years old, and looked forward to helping me "mess with" my Chevelle.

Fast forward about a quarter of a century. To say the least, auto repairs, and the ability to do them yourself, are no longer child's play. A cool video by YouTuber Scotty Kilmer does a good job of explaining why:

More of us need to rely almost exclusively on our local mechanic to make sure our vehicles are running smoothly at all times. It's just not that easy anymore, or productive, to do it ourselves.

Even the simplest of tasks, like changing your own oil, has become obsolete due to the cost of time, and how inexpensive it is to have a professional do it for you. Unless of course, you find it easy to properly dispose of five quarts of motor oil.

More than ever, it pays to have the best auto professionals in your corner for the long haul.

And if you are one of the lucky ones to own an Antique or Classic car, and you're worried you might do harm by performing even the simplest of maintenance on such a prized possession, well, that's all the more reason to visit Mitch.


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