ARE YOU REALLY A PETROLHEAD, IF...? SERIES
In the fourth installment of this series, we will ask the question, Are you really a petrolhead, if you can't work on your own car?
THE ARGUMENT FOR THE "NO" VOTE
For the purposes of our question today, let us assume that, "working on your own car" really represents anything beyond let say, changing a tire or topping off your vehicles fluids. For a lot of petrolheads, working are their cars is just a natural extension of caring for the cars they love. For them, being able to tear their vehicles apart to either fix it or improve it is just part of the bond petrolhead's ofter form with their vehicles. How can someone that doesn't know how to change the oil or perform a tune-up profess to really know and appreciate their car? These simple maintenance items, are what a new petrolhead takes on when they are getting to know their cars. The pertrolhead's abilities often expand as time goes on with their car goes on and before they know it, they are able to work on nearly every part of their cars. This often means an owner is able to replace various components, preforming vital maintenance, and running diagnostics on their cars computer. The advantages for petrolheads that can work on your own car are great. With an overall lower cost of ownership being one of the best advantages, it opens up additional purchasing opportunities overtime.
Tire rotations are simple and quick to perform on your own if you have the right tools for the job.
THE ARGUMENT FOR THE "YES" VOTE
To start with, not everyone is born with a wrench in their hand. If you are one that doesn't happen to be mechanically inclined, does that mean you don't appreciate the machine itself? There are many obstacles that stand in they way of those that would otherwise be inclined to take on working on their own vehicles. Perhaps some of the most challenging obstacles are the cost of the tools needed for servicing your car or truck. Lets face it folks, we are only as good as the tools we have to work with and nothing is more frustrating than not having the right tool. It can turn a simple 15 minute job into a 4 hour marathon full of frustration. Why should anyone put themselves through that. Isn't being a petrolhead about the love we have for automobiles and the joy they bring us. If trying to work on your own car brings you nothing but frustration, why should you have to put yourself through that? Besides, if you want the best care for your car, you should be having a certified technicians with all of the right tools and know how working on your car.