Do It Yourself (DIY) Auto Repair Driven by Recession, Becomes a Habit in the Recovery, according to AutoMD.com's "2013 DIY

 Do It Yourself (DIY) Auto Repair Driven by Recession, Becomes a Habit in the
            Recovery, according to AutoMD.com's "2013 DIY Report"

90% of DIYers are doing the same amount, or more, repairs than a year ago; 79%
continue to DIY, even with improved financial outlook

PR Newswire

CARSON, Calif., April 30, 2013

CARSON, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --An easing economic outlook has
had little impact on the amount of auto repairs DIYers undertake, according to
the "2013 DIY Report" from AutoMD.com. Driven by cost-savings – but also
enjoying the process – DIYers are continuing to do more of their own auto
repairs, are attempting more difficult repairs, and say they are saving
dollars while doing so. Significantly, of those reporting an improved
financial situation, the vast majority still choose to do their own repairs to
save both time and money, rather than going to a mechanic. And, reflective of
macro trends, these DIYers own high mileage cars and are keeping them for
extended periods of time.

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"When we released our first auto repair DIY report in 2010, we found that the
economy was driving more auto repair DIYing, with DIYers reporting
considerable cost savings. In the ensuing years, we have seen this trend
continue, bolstered by an increase in the accessibility of how-to info
online," said Brian Hafer, vice president of media and marketing at
AutoMD.com. "Our 2013 report indicates that this trend has evolved into a
routine, with these habitual DIYers saying they plan to attempt even more
challenging DIY repairs in the future -- and even those who don't normally DIY
say they are willing to give it a try." 

The AutoMD.com report is based on an online survey conducted among 5,351 car
owners from December 11, 2012 – January 21, 2013, and offers a snapshot of
auto repair behavior of car owners - both DIYers and DFMers (the
do-it-for-me's).

Report Highlights:
DIYers Still Doing Own Repairs … Even with Improved Economics
Ninety-percent of DIYers report doing either the same amount, or more (42%),
of their own auto repairs and maintenance this year versus one year ago. And,
while 90% confirm that saving money and/or an aging vehicle is driving that
increase, of those (37%) who reported that their financial situation has
actually improved year over year, 79% still choose to do their own repairs.

Both DIYers and DFMers Report Aging Primary Vehicles
Not surprisingly, there has been no drop in the age of, or number of miles on,
the primary vehicles of these DIYers versus a year ago, with 44% driving a
vehicle that is over 10 years old. DFMers have aging vehicles as well with 36%
reporting their primary ride is over 10 years of age. And these vehicles are
holding a lot of miles with 64% of DIYers and 58% of DFMers reporting 100K
miles or more, which is perhaps why over 90% of these DIYers report that they
have performed repair work on their vehicle within the past six months.

Approximately how many miles does your primary vehicle have on   DIYers DFMers
it?
0-50K                                                            11.60% 14.50%
50-100K                                                          24.10% 27.50%
100-150k                                                         32.00% 33.10%
150-200k                                                         19.90% 16.40%
Over 200k                                                        12.30% 8.50%

DIYers Saving Money – 60% report saving over $500
Saving money trumps all the other reasons that are driving respondents to do
their own auto repairs. "Because I enjoy it" is also a top reason, coming in
at number two. And, these efforts appear to be paying off in DIYers'
wallets. The vast majority (96%) report saving over $100 annually, but nearly
60% say they save over $500, and 30% save a whopping $1,000 or more, a slight
uptick from the previous year. 

How much do you estimate you save yearly? (By purchasing parts and      DIYers
doing work yourself)
Over $1000                                                              30.40%
$500 - $1000                                                            28.80%
$300 -$500                                                              24.80%
$100-$300                                                               11.60%
$0-$100                                                                 2.30%
I don't think I save any money                                          2.10%

Easy Jobs Top the List, but Many DIYers are Attempting More Difficult Tasks
Even though easy jobs top the list of the most-performed repairs, two-thirds
of DIYers report that they are more likely to attempt a difficult repair today
than they were a year ago, with reasons almost evenly divided between the
economy (30%), more experience and greater confidence DIYing (29%), and
increased availability of online repair info (29%) -- numbers that are almost
identical to the previous year's report. Meanwhile, nearly three-fourths of
those who have never done their own repairs indicate the economy might make
them more likely to give a basic repair a try.

Although replacing a battery, wiper blades, headlamp bulbs, air filters and
adding anti-freeze are the top five most performed jobs respectively by
DIYers, significant numbers are also performing far more challenging jobs like
changing the engine oil and filter, replacing spark plugs, and even replacing
the brake pads.

Which of these jobs do you do yourself (check all that apply) DIYers
Replace battery                                               95.10%
Replace windshield wiper blades                               94.60%
Replace headlamp bulbs                                        94.50%
Replace air filters                                           93.80%
Add antifreeze                                                93.30%
Change oil                                                    90.40%
Change oil filters                                            90.30%
Replace spark plugs                                           87.60%
Replace brake pads                                            86.70%
Replace fuel filters                                          79.00%
Flush radiator/cooling system                                 70.80%
Repair ignition wire set                                      63.5%
Replace transmission filters                                  50.50%
Recharge/repair AC                                            45.20%
Change muffler                                                41.90%

Learning Auto Repair the Old-fashioned Way – from Dad
And how did these avid DIYers become DIYers? Nearly one in three learned the
old-fashioned way, from their Dad/family, and over a third (39%) report that
they are self-taught.

About AutoMD.com
AutoMD.com™ (www.automd.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Auto Parts
Network, Inc., (Nasdaq:PRTS), is the most comprehensive and unbiased free
online automotive repair resource designed to empower car owners with the best
way to repair their vehicles. Backed by a team of automotive data specialists
and certified auto mechanics who are advocates for the car owner, AutoMD.com
allows both car owners and DIYers to 1. Troubleshoot car problems, 2. Know how
much auto repairs should cost, 3. Understand the steps needed and the time it
should take with How-to Auto Repair guides, 4. Find the right local auto
repair shop at the right price for their issue, and 5. Get auto repair
questions answered by the AutoMD.com community and 6. Get instant comparative
quotes on repair jobs from local repair shops. AutoMD.com was named Best
Automotive Website in the 8^th annual American Business Awards, also known as
the Stevie^® Awards. AutoMD Mobile is available for the iPhone at iTunes.

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SOURCE AutoMD.com

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