Being a "shade tree" mechanic since I was in my teens I can say that I've just about done it all... from dropping transmissions and rebuilding them to brakes, injector replacements, head gaskets, broken exhaust manifold bolts... the list goes on. I'm not ASE certified, but quite honestly, the "professional" work I've seen done on my vehicles at dealerships is embarrassing. I won't allow any ham-fisted bloke to over torque bolts, crack plastic pieces, lose fasteners and then just say "screw it, the customer will never know" and generally just not give a damn to touch my vehicles anymore. There ARE great mechanics at most shops and dealerships... but my luck dictates that I'll get the crappy one. So I choose to change my own oil and do just about everything that doesn't require some special tool or programmer to accomplish. I am also retired, but it keeps me young feeling inside to still wrench on my cars.Laugh out Loud.
Let me tell you about myself Ive been an ASE Master Auto tech Since 1985. And Im still currently an ASE Master Tech. This is how I have made my living. 2 Mobil Stations with Repair and 1 Private shop. I have a good relationship with my local shop. Everybody needs one. You keep watching all those You Tube videos and you will get burned my friend. I don't need you to tell me that I need to learn about how to change my oil or perform any maintenance on my cars trucks motorcycles etc.. I changed more oil than you have ever seen. Lets add it up. 30.00 for oil, 10 for filter, 3 for brake clean to clean up the mess. Drive 30 minutes to the dump. Lay on my back with oil up to my armpit. So I should keep this used oil around the house and take it to the dump when it piles up? You keep used tires too? So don't have to pay disposal fee. You have taught me nothing. Don't worry I have plenty of tools over the last 40 years. I am glad you are sill learning keep on learning thats what life is all about. I learned this...... TIME IS MONEY my friend. Changing my own oil in retirement is a total waste of my time. How much profit do you think a shop makes on an oil change. Almost Nothing Its a leader to get you in the door! Believe me he loves my tax free 20. I bet your the same guy who drives 20 minutes to save .02 a gallon on cheap fuel. Some day you will learn the hard way. Tell me about all those significant repairs. I'd love to hear about them . Did you change your spark plugs. WOW