Vehicle ownership has never been as costly as it is today, along with fuel prices, insurance costs and devaluation of the vehicle there is the maintenance of the vehicle. If we own a car, van or motorcycle the commonality is that we all have maintenance costs, and as with everything else today these are spiralling out of control.
The DIY industry has been booming for decades as many people are trying their hands at repairing their own homes, and now most are trying attempting repairs on the vehicles. Unlike previous generations we now live in the information age, this means we can access even the most niche of information at a touch of a button.
Dedicated online forums are available so the vehicle owner can share their automotive problems with others, and hopefully someone will share a resolve, the issue with online forums is that you may never get a reply or at least as quick as you need, social media groups and pages have a similar community feel. Video streaming sites such as YouTube are available to watch vehicle owners perform a repair or a service on their own vehicles, this information can be invaluable as the content creator can show you the DO’s and DO NOT’s during a repair, as with the online forums these streaming sites also are not perfect due to the number of makes and models and the number of possible issues you may have, for example if you have a rare model of vehicle that needs new brake pads, YouTube may not have that specific video available.
Possibly the best place to start when attempting a car, van or motorcycle repair would be to get an official workshop manual and as most things today we can obtain these near instantly with eManuals. These eManuals can be downloaded and read on near any device and if need be, printed out, or at least the page(s) you need can be printed. Most of these downloadable manuals contain thousands of pages of photos, pictures and detailed text, to aid the most unexperienced DIY’er through simple or in-depth procedures.
If you are need simple step by step instruction to repair or service a van such as the VW Caddy repair manual, a car such as the Land Rover Discovery 4 Workshop Manual or a rarer motorcycle such as the Ducati Panigale V4S service manual they are available at a very low cost.
Even if we don’t have an issue with our vehicle today, it gives us peace of mind that we have an official document accessible on our phone 24/7. These manuals can be a huge asset to any vehicle owner.