Well now that I own my first truck (i'm 17) I have sure learned a lot. I am wondering, how many of you guys do your own work on your trucks? What do you guys think of this?? A bunch of my buddies are in a votech program at a local college and they are learning all sorts of skills to do basic work on vehicles. Some of them are getting pretty good and I have let them start helping me fix things on my truck, just small things. I am starting to realize, the money you can save is ridiculous! Quick example, My truck is a plow truck and does have a bit of front end issues. Idler/pitman combo need replacing. I got a bid from my mechanic (really good mechanic and cheap too) for about $400. I know this is a pretty good rate, and I don't mind paying him. But I looked at the all data and the estimated labor time is like 2 hrs for both, which is very generous from what I have heard. The parts at Napa would be around $115 if I remember right. Pretty good savings it seems. Now I know the guys with larger operations do a lot of their own work and many even have a small shop with a in house mechanic. Is it worth it if you only have one truck? I am thinking about investing in some good tools, maybe even a cheap lift if I get a shop. I would like to get it set-up where I can fix most problems that occur. In the long run, it seems like a good idea. Also with dealers for mowers, they seem to love to charge a lot. I am trying to switch over to online parts and doing the work myself to save even more money. I am tired of getting charged by dealers and mechanics. I know their is the kind of people that go straight to dealers or a reputable shop and have no problem paying a $100 an hour labor rate plus the markup on parts that mechanics charge. I am really trying to get in the habit of fixing things myself, mowers included, but those are way easier than trucks imo. These are just smaller things I speak of NOTHING major. Brakes, suspension, steering, wheels, tires, interior, electrical, oil changes, fluid flushes, etc.. What do you do in terms of repairs and what is your opinion? Imput is greatly appreciated! -Thanks, sorry it's a long thread.