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Unread 08-14-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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Which car brand can most easily be repaired by a DIY amateur mechanic? I mean, which brand will use more generic parts? What I'm trying to avoid is buying a car that will be very difficult to buy generic parts so I can DIY in my garage.

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Asian cars tend to have the most parts and accessories for the most decent price. I have a scion and find myself replacing parts all of the time and they are much less expensive than some of the American car parts.
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Which car brand can most easily be repaired by a DIY amateur mechanic? I mean, which brand will use more generic parts? What I'm trying to avoid is buying a car that will be very difficult to buy generic parts so I can DIY in my garage.
Usually it's based on the country you are in. Live in Europe? BMW and Mercedes parts everywhere. Live in China/Japan, Honda and Mazda parts everywhere. Live in the US, chevy, ford, dodge parts everywhere.
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DIY can mean very different things to different people. What are you wanting to do by yourself? Choosing specific makes and models that have large aftermarket followings for the application you want to pursue are very important for the inexperienced and even professionals who don't want the aggravation and expense.
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DIY can mean very different things to different people. What are you wanting to do by yourself? Choosing specific makes and models that have large aftermarket followings for the application you want to pursue are very important for the inexperienced and even professionals who don't want the aggravation and expense.
Buy a cheap 10+ year old car with 100k+ kms and do whatever repairs it might require in my home garage so it does the yearly inspection. I just need a smallish sedan or cupe car (automatic transmission) to get to work.

Besides the easy usual stuff (oil, filters, battery), I also want easily available spare parts for:
- break pads
- belts
- water pump
- exhaust parts
- suspension parts
- starter
- catalytic converter
- alternator

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That's all pretty basic stuff. Should be available for anything reasonably common.

Price is another thing. German parts are expensive.
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But he is from across the pond so prices will be different. We're mostly North American on here so we won't have much context for good buys.
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Definitely a Toyota. Spare parts are easy to find and they are cheaper.
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opel spares are undoubtedly inexpensive. most of french cars are also cheap in running

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Damaged Repairable Cars, Buy Various High Quality Damaged Repairable.

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