Do-it-yourself car repair shop can save you serious cash

Posted at 4:45 AM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 12:27:10-04

How comfortable are you under the hood? A do-it-yourself auto repair shop in Phoenix is cutting out the mechanic and could save you some serious cash.  

How much? 

"Close to a thousand dollars," said Mark Altman, who's using space at Rent-A-Lift, near Glenrosa and 7th avenues, to overhaul the transmission on a 1998 Ford Taurus for his girlfriend's son.  

"If you've got basic mechanical skills, doing jobs like this is very feasible," he said.  

Rent-A-Lift allows customers to rent -- you guessed it -- a car lift for $15 an hour or less. They supply air, power and some tools -- and you do the work. There's a mechanic around if you have questions.   

"I like it when people come, they try to do some work -- and succeed," said owner Sal Adad, who opened the shop a few years ago.  

Rent-A-Lift has five car lifts available along with a painting bay and workspace to bump out dents. 

Adad told ABC15 no two customers are the same.  

"A lot of women change the oil, do [the] brakes -- they get dirty, they like it," he said laughingly. 

New numbers from AAA show the average cost to repair and maintain a new car is around $1,200 per year.