Maintain and repair your car yourself

With the increase in repair costs, there are those who give up their cars and those who make substantial savings by maintaining their own car.

At 75 € per hour on average according to INSEE, the mechanical workforce accounts for three-quarters of the amount of the revision invoices, and for more than 40%, all interventions combined. Commemorate the centennial of the Armistice with this superb strike!
The € 2 blueberry gift!This high cost encourages some motorists to maintain their car themselves. A practice that is developing under the double effect of the crisis and the rise of the Internet.

Unbeatable prices on the Internet

With the development of Internet sales sites, motorists find their parts 70% cheaper than at the dealership, and even 30% below the rates charged by the car centers.

These sites can be delivered at home, but most are affiliated to a network of partner garages that provide reception and assembly, sometimes with a slightly higher labor rate.

Some, highlight the “do it yourself” by publishing instructions for use with photos and videos, or even by organizing introductory sessions to the mechanics in their partner garages.

Attention to the quality of the spare parts

To avoid any unpleasant surprises, you should buy your parts from a retailer working with professionals or on a reputable website. Thanks to their stock:

  • They deliver quickly,
  • They offer qualified telephone support,
  • They offer a greater choice of partner garages to have the parts delivered and assembled.

There are 3 large families of spare parts:

  1. Those of “origin” bear the mark of the manufacturer and are marketed only in its network.
  2. The “equivalent quality” parts come from the subcontractors who produce the original part (Bosch, Ferrodo, Lucas, Denso …) and only differ by the packaging, finishing details … and the price, from 20 to 40% lower. They are available from wholesalers (Groupauto, Autodistribution), car centers and the Internet.
  3. Private label or “adaptable” MDD parts  , which are  generally less durable, are sold in car centers or in supermarkets, rarely on the Internet, and are 40 to 60% less expensive than so-called equivalent quality parts .

For more technical parts (starter, turbo, alternator, brake caliper …), the standard exchange becomes widespread, that is to say the replacement with new parts rather than repair. Offered by reputable subcontractors or specialized SMEs, they are 40-60% cheaper than new parts.

Order tires online

The tires of major manufacturers (Michelin, Continental …) are often as expensive on the Internet as in the car center.

Sites like allopneus or 123pneus offer a choice of brands more or less known (Vredenstein, Kleber, Uniroyal, Semperit …), all subsidiaries of major manufacturers but 20 to 40% cheaper, for almost equivalent quality.

The exotic labels, generally of Asian origin, have very low tariffs that mask tires that are enduring but not very adherent.

Most sites are affiliated with partner centers that fit the tires, for 10 to 15 € per wheel. The rezulteo-pneu website compares tires by make or model of vehicle.

The alternative of break-ups

Demolishers now offer a wide choice of parts via their websites (careco, francecasse or opisto).

For French car body parts, they are the best alternative to official networks, and even the only one for the three French brands that retain the monopoly of “cartoon” parts (body parts such as bumpers, mirrors, etc.). ).

Caution: Parts bought on sites like ebay or Lebanon coin may be counterfeit or stolen, or even come from accidental vehicles.


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