What You Should Know about Using Auto Repair Apps for DIY Repairs

26 May 2016
 Categories: Automotive, Blog


Handling your own auto repairs is something that many car owners try to do, at least for the seemingly easy repair jobs. You can turn to online tutorials, videos or books for repair needs, but recently more car owners are turning to their smartphones. There are a number of apps available for both iOS and Android to help you through some of the more common repairs and give you advice on what tools to purchase or even when to stop doing the repair yourself and call a professional. If you have never used these types of apps for auto repairs, there are a few things you should consider.

Car Age Restrictions

One of the issues you may run into is in cases where the automobile is an older or vintage model. Some of the apps available on the market may be restricted to a certain time frame of years, for example cars manufactured in the past 20 years. You may also want to consider that if your car is a specialty car or limited edition model, it may not be listed in the app. Before you get ready to handle the repair and download the app, make sure the app meets your automobile make and model requirements. 

Auto Repair Parts List

One of the aspects of the repair that you may not have considered is buying or finding parts for the repair. For example, you  may have considered that you need to replace your brake pads, but if you get into the repair you may find that the plates or other parts of the brake system also need repair or replacement. The good news is that most apps include a pricing guide and a parts locator. The locator works off your GPS and helps you locate the nearest parts store that has your part in stock.

Warranty Considerations

One of the key points you should consider before using any app to help with your auto repairs is your warranty. There are some repairs that are fine to handle on your own, such as oil changes and oil filter changes. However, if your car is still under warranty, you may be voiding your warranty by doing all or even part of the repair on your own. Before following through with the app instructions, make sure you aren't voiding your warranty and that any changes done to your vehicle will not be unlawful. An example of an unlawful change to the vehicle is removing a safety feature on video playback devices in cars equipped with video screens and other entertainment devices.

These are just a few of the considerations when using an app for your auto repairs. Keep in mind, if you have any doubts about what you are being told or the certification of the technicians appearing in the app, take your car into a professional instead. They can ensure your repairs are handled professionally and your warranty is not violated.