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Publisher's Summary

Forty-eight percent of American households perform at least some automotive maintenance on their own, women accounting for one third of this $34 billion automotive DIY market. For new or would-be hobby mechanics, this how-to guide is perfect for getting your feet wet and learning how to jump into the art of knuckle busting and wrench turning. Not everyone has a shop, garage, or even a driveway for do-it-yourself repairs, this audiobook makes it easy for anyone trying to save money or start a side hustle.

©2022 Pete Vargas (P)2022 Pete Vargas

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Everyone needs to listen to this book.

This audio will teach you everything from the basics to the more advanced automotive maintenance. I love how much money you can save from doing a lot of the essential maintenance yourself. It could even be your next side hustle. The narrator has a great voice and excellent pacing - a joy to listen to.

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A good book for automotive repair

I know many of us have always wanted to know how to do some of the repairs for our vehicles. Not just to save on the cost of having repairs and maintenance done, but because we see it being done so easily on t.v., we see others doing it, etc. But many times when we open the car bonnet/hood we realize we know very little. So thanks to this book, I am more confident in wanting to do more of the maintenance and repairs for my vehicle myself.

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Highly recommended

I am delighted with this book since I am a woman and have a car. Daily I travel a lot of miles, and I need to keep my car in perfect condition. Sometimes I did my car maintenance, but without guidance, so now that I have this book, I can go ahead and do my car maintenance without fear that I will mess up anything and with peace in mind that I will save money. Moreover, I can do it at any time at home.

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The content is very informative.


This book taught me automotive terminology, how to use tools, and how to diagnose simple mechanical problems. The narration is excellent. I highly recommend this book. Worth listening to.

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Great info for a newbie!

This book was chock-full of great information for anyone who wants to take control of their own car maintenance. The basics were explained in an easy to follow style that a complete neophyte like me could understand. I appreciated the chapters on tools needed to get started as well as safety precautions to be aware of. I am feeling empowered! Thank you!

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Good for novices!

So, my husband is actually a mechanic, so you’d think I’d know a thing or two. Problem is, whenever he explains things to me, he can’t seem to keep it simple. All his “mechanic talk” goes straight over my head. All that to say, this book is straightforward and easy to understand for someone who doesn’t have a clue! Thank you!

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Amazing

OK, so I'm a complete newbie when it comes to auto repair, but I got tired of sitting for an hour at my local quick oil change place and getting upsold lots of (unneeded?) extras. So I decided to attempt to change my own oil. I spent some time researching on the internet and got instructions from the guy at the local auto store (who had a "females shouldn't do their own auto repair" attitude - won't be giving them my business!), but I still didn't feel confident that I knew what to do. Bought this book, listen the chapter on oil changes, and did the whole thing myself (my husband sure was impressed!). Instructions are very clearly laid out in a simple step-by-step fashion so you don't forget anything. Car is still running great :) I'm excited to learn more about cars from the other parts of the book - it has a section on monthly maintenance that looks interesting as well.

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Excellent Guide!

This book walked me through all the basics of repairing cars from car terminology, tools used, how to diagnose simple problems, and more. When I emailed the publisher, they sent me a full color PDF of all the images referenced in the book, and I was able to follow along easily. I can’t wait to get a fixer-upper in my garage!

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Excellent listen..

nothing better than this gift for my teenager son accompanying it with his first USED car. This is an excellent all inclusive starter guide for my son. it is easy to understand and helped him get acquainted with his big machine. The vehicle already needed some repairs and this guide actually helped me help him as well! Highly appreciate it!

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Great guide for beginner!

I got this for my husband because he like to fix cars. But he doesn’t know much about cars except oils change and change tires. But now he knows more stuff like how to diagnose when the car has problems. I recommended for men who wants to fix cars and maintenance and save some money!

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  • 05-11-22

Handy Guide for Beginners!

Great starting point to get going on learning both maintenance and repair, with lots of help to keep you safe! This is important to someone coming into automotive repair that doesn't really know too much but wants to learn. This book bridges the gap between starting your own repairs and increasing confidence to get going! Cool book!

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This is an absolutely amazing book

The best guide I've ever seen. This book taught me a lot, and it will undoubtedly come in handy in the future. I'm not very knowledgeable about machines. However, using this, I am able to repair them on my own. This is particularly useful given the high cost of hiring a mechanic and other services. Excellent book material!

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  • Elena
  • 04-24-22

Very informative and helpful

I learned loads about cars and it’s maintenance and repair. As I’m interested in this as a hobby this audiobook had the perfect tips for me. Can definitely recommend!

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  • 04-20-22

A Very Handy Guide

This guide is very easy to follow and taught me all I need to know about car maintenance and repair. I now feel confident with repairing my own vehicle instead of paying hundreds more just for another guy to do the same job. I recommend this to others...

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  • 04-18-22

Very Informative!

The perfect guide ever. Learned a lot from this book, and for sur this could really come in handy soon. I don't know much about machines and all. But with this I get to to fix them on my own. This is very practical especially it is very expensive to hire your mechanic and all. Great book content!