Leave Electrical Repairs to the Pros: A Warning for Car Enthusiasts

Dear Mike,

I am a car enthusiast and I love tinkering with my vehicle whenever I get the chance. However, recently, I’ve been having trouble with the electrical system and I’m not sure whether I should attempt to fix it myself or take it to a professional. So, I was wondering how difficult is it really to complete electrical diagnosis and repairs on vehicles?

Thanks in advance for your advice!


Dear Aurelia,

Firstly, I have to commend you on your love for tinkering with your vehicle. Being a car enthusiast is never a bad thing, and while I would love to encourage you to go ahead and fix your electrical system issue yourself, I have to warn you that it’s not as easy as it seems.

You see, vehicles these days rely heavily on complex electrical systems that require specialized knowledge and tools to diagnose and repair. Your vehicle’s electrical system is made up of thousands of different components that all need to work together properly to keep your ride running smoothly and safely on the road.

In order to diagnose an electrical issue, a good repair shop needs to have access to multiple information providers, along with various subscriptions and scan tools. This is especially true for general repair shops that work on multiple vehicle brands.

For example, if you bring in your luxury vehicle with a power glovebox that isn’t working, it may seem like a simple repair, but it can actually take hours to source the issue and properly diagnose the fault. And once that diagnosis is complete, the actual repair can be even more time-consuming, especially if the defective part is in a hard-to-reach area that requires disassembly of other components.

So, while I admire your enthusiasm and desire to save some money by fixing the issue yourself, it’s best to leave electrical repairs to the professionals. Attempting to fix an electrical issue without the proper knowledge or tools can not only cause more damage to your vehicle but can also put you at risk of injury.

In addition, you mentioned that modern-day vehicles are using more and more electronic modules, switches, and motors. While that may be true, the good news is that these components are typically designed to be user-friendly and convenient. Unfortunately, if they do break down, the cost of repair can be higher than usual, so it’s important to have a reliable repair shop that you can trust to get the job done right.

In conclusion, while it may be tempting to try and fix an electrical issue yourself, I strongly advise against it. Unless you have the proper knowledge, tools, and expertise required to diagnose and repair electrical issues, it’s best to leave it to the professionals who have the training and experience to get the job done right.

Thanks for reaching out, Aurelia. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding your vehicle, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Urban Automotive – the top-rated auto repair shop in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.


Mike Urban, Founder of Urban Automotive.