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View Poll Results: Do you maintain/service/repair your own car?
No 1 6.25%
Yes - I do the work on my driveway 10 62.50%
Yes - I do the work on a car ramp (those found in a garage) 2 12.50%
Yes - I'd be interested in hiring ramp space if it existed 3 18.75%
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Old 18-05-2017   #1
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How many of you work on your own cars?

Hi all,

How many of you service/repair your own car?

The reason I'm asking is because I want to work on my own car, but I prefer to do so on a car ramp. The problem is no where local to me seems to be hiring them out but I've noticed some companies hire out car ramps.

Just wanted to know whether people would use such a service as well as any suggestions or items that you'd want to see in such a space.

Any help would be great.

Cheers

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Re: How many of you work on your own cars?

Where abouts are you?
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Re: How many of you work on your own cars?

I do my servicing at this place..http://thisisyourgarage.com/ you book a bay and tools are provided. I have a fairly new brick covered front garden, so getting oil on it wasn't an option.
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Re: How many of you work on your own cars?

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Hi all,

How many of you service/repair your own car?

The reason I'm asking is because I want to work on my own car, but I prefer to do so on a car ramp. The problem is no where local to me seems to be hiring them out but I've noticed some companies hire out car ramps.

Just wanted to know whether people would use such a service as well as any suggestions or items that you'd want to see in such a space.

Any help would be great.

Cheers

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Hi Nick,

probably @50% of us do SOME work,

I'm lucky that I've got a decent concrete drive.. but open to the elements..

basic oil changing, etc doesn't NEED 4 feet clearance..

what are you planning to do in the coming months..??

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Re: How many of you work on your own cars?

A few feet of clearance - and a roof over your head - is nice. However, I would suspect that most home mechanics either shove the car nose inside the garage door, or work on it on the driveway/back yard.

TWO pairs of drive-up ramps is ideal. I've changed auto boxes, engines .. and all that sort of thing just using diy ramps. Expect quite a few oil stains on the ground though ..

As to how many people actually work on their own car.. well, I don't think it's as many as it used to be, compared to way back when. Back in 1972 when I first began driving, it seemed as though most people could fix a car. Of course back then it was points and plugs. There was nothing technically difficult with cars of this era. They were quite easy to take apart-if they didn't fall apart of their own accord.

Truth is, modern cars are more reliable and efficient than their predecessors, which tended to break down rather often. Todays cars seem to breakdown because of electrical gremlins - the sensors - or because of lack of maintenance .. such as not checking the oil .. or not being aware that a car needs oil ..

There seems to be a huge culture shift, too. I think the general attitude to cars has changed. They're not a treasured possessions (as they used to be .. same as the first colour tvs, or fridge freezer.. or even as a computer used to be). They're consumer objects which are easily obtained and just as easy to get rid of.

I would suspect that nowadays most people would actually have little interest in understanding how a car works, let alone fix one.
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I like to do as much as possible but... my drive is half flagged and then like a sharp gravel tarmac so working on hands and knees totally hurts unless i put two thick sheets of thick card down, would love a garage with lift, i would do all my own work then.
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Re: How many of you work on your own cars?

Hi all

Thanks for all the responses, I wasnt expecting as many as I got.

I'm living in Leeds, West Yorkshire and I'm looking at whether a car ramp hire place might work as a small business. I've been thinking about the idea for a couple of years but as the years have passed I've noticed a few places similar popping up, just not in Leeds and those that are based around Leeds have closed (which should tell me something).

I was thinking of a place where you can hire a car ramp, comes with a basic tool kit per ramp (screwdrivers, spanners, air tools, torque wrenches etc) as well as having other collective equipment that can be used (i.e. engine/gearbox lifts, some sort of diagnostic equipment).

As I've spent the past 18 months working a full time job, then a part time job in a workshop to get my City and Guilds, I've noticed if you arent willing to do that, getting any sort of training can be really hard unless you know someone who can teach you.

So I was also thinking of running some training sessions, such as braking systems, exhausts, servicing etc. I think these would have to be extra because I'd have to bring in trainers to ensure everything is taught properly etc.

What do you think?

I suppose I just thought that I can't be the only person who wants to work on their car and with a little help it could be possible.

Many thanks

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Re: How many of you work on your own cars?

You're obviously well motivated and looking for opportunities. However, be careful.

I honestly think that very few people would sign up for a car maintenance course simply because those who can tinker with a car do so at home, and those who can't, pay somebody to do it.

As for these community owned hire-a-workshop ...well .. when people join a car club they expect things to be free.

If you're going to go for a workshop with ramps, good for you. But I would say treat it as your own repair business .. and hire the ramps out as and when required when you're not using them.
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Re: How many of you work on your own cars?

Cheers for this, I am realising this would be an uphill battle.

I'll keep looking in to it to see if I can make it work. I might even do as you suggest by having a repair company that hires ramps out as a side business.
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Re: How many of you work on your own cars?

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Cheers for this, I am realising this would be an uphill battle.

I'll keep looking in to it to see if I can make it work. I might even do as you suggest by having a repair company that hires ramps out as a side business.

if you are ( part ..?) qualified.. how about approaching a few small indy workshops about being "on the books" part-time.. so you are insured to use the workspace / lifts etc,
then see how busy they ACTUALLY ARE..

you're not investing YOUR CASH then.
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Re: How many of you work on your own cars?

Yeah I've only got my level 2. That's a great idea though about asking at local garages.
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Hi all

Thanks for all the responses, I wasnt expecting as many as I got.

I'm living in Leeds, West Yorkshire and I'm looking at whether a car ramp hire place might work as a small business. I've been thinking about the idea for a couple of years but as the years have passed I've noticed a few places similar popping up, just not in Leeds and those that are based around Leeds have closed (which should tell me something).

I was thinking of a place where you can hire a car ramp, comes with a basic tool kit per ramp (screwdrivers, spanners, air tools, torque wrenches etc) as well as having other collective equipment that can be used (i.e. engine/gearbox lifts, some sort of diagnostic equipment).

As I've spent the past 18 months working a full time job, then a part time job in a workshop to get my City and Guilds, I've noticed if you arent willing to do that, getting any sort of training can be really hard unless you know someone who can teach you.

So I was also thinking of running some training sessions, such as braking systems, exhausts, servicing etc. I think these would have to be extra because I'd have to bring in trainers to ensure everything is taught properly etc.

What do you think?

I suppose I just thought that I can't be the only person who wants to work on their car and with a little help it could be possible.

Many thanks

Nick
I hope you are not planning to turn your proposed new venture into a sideline micro business !! If so I suspect your bottom line profits to be zero, or at best a couple of ice creams and a balloon !!!....
Unfortunately the days are long gone when one could play around under the bonnet, changing the plugs and re-setting the points etc. Sadly today true auto mechanics are rare as Rocking Horse Droppings! they are plug in computer technicians, at best able to ID the problem and tell you the part to replace, the good side of this is the reliability factor of vehicles has gone through the the roof.
Of course there will always be basic service jobs you can carry out, like 'check the oil, and radiator levels, add antifreeze pre winter, check the tyre pressures, or even re-fill the screen washer bottle !
Once you move to phase 2, like replacing brake pads and linings etc, or fitting a new exhaust system, make sure you know what you are doing, or call a knowledgeable friend.
After phase 2 If you are thinking about doing an engine re-build, I hope you are old school and can still remember how to do it, or better still, you have made your money, retired and can afford someone else to do to work, sit back and enjoy another 20,000 trouble free miles!!
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I work on my own car wherever i happen to break down
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Re: How many of you work on your own cars?

I don't trust anyone else to work on my car.

As soon as someone works on my car it's not my car anymore.

If I need a post lift I can tilt my car over instead.

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