A recent AutoMD online survey reveals that do-it-yourself (DIY) auto repair and maintenance, including oil changes, continues to be a popular option even as the economy begins to improve. In fact, 90 percent of self-proclaimed do-it-yourselfers, including the 37 percent who reported improved personal finances over the past few years, continue to perform their own routine maintenance rather than visit a commercial mechanic. Ninety percent of DIYers report they change their own oil, while 95 percent change their own batteries and 42 percent change their own mufflers.
“When we released our first auto repair DIY report in 2010, we found that the economy was driving more auto repair DIYing, with DIYers reporting considerable cost savings,” said Brian Hafer, vice president of media and marketing at AutoMD.com. “In the ensuing years, we have seen this trend continue, bolstered by an increase in the accessibility of how-to info online.”