AutoMD: More car owners self-repairing to save money

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October 14, 2010—AutoMD reported on Thursday that almost 40 percent more car owners are doing their own repairs than they were in 2008.

One in three DIYers (do-it-yourselfers) are saving more than $1,000 a year by self-repairing their cars, according to an AutoMD report. Nine out of 10 DIYers save at least $300 a year. Sixty-five percent of DIYers who now only perform basic repairs, say they would attempt a more complicated repair (such as replacing drum brakes, shock absorbers or a water pump), if they had access to free how-to guides and videos.

The report is based on a September 2010 survey of more than 2,800 car owners.

"We believe that there are many repair jobs that car owners should do, and can easily do, themselves to save money and keep their vehicle running for longer,” said Shane Evangelist, AutoMD president. “With unprecedented access to detailed information now available online (and on their iPhones), even those not accustomed to doing their own repairs indicate they're willing to give it a try—and it's all adding to a growing and empowered DIY population."

For five repairs you can do on your own, go to automd.com.

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