Some thoughts about working on your car

Working on your own car is the highest paying job that most of us can ever hope to land. Because of the tax and profit structure under which business operates, you have to be making $200K+ per year before you can swap an hour of your time for an hour of mechanic's time. More if you use the dealer.

Granted, the average amateur works at half the speed of a professional. The professional does this full time, and the amateur burns a weekend on it every couple of months. No big deal. The professional wants to get the job out the door and get paid, and the amateur wants the job to be done right. Niceties like anti-seize (see below) are rarely used in professional shops. Amateurs rarely cut corners, the pros know what they can get away with, and they do.

Especially the dealer's mechanics!

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