The first Tesla S owner in the state of Hawaii, Greg Furstenwerth, recently made the news for his dedication to getting his car fixed. Indeed, all Tesla models come with a warranty during which the dedicated customer team keeps the owner informed about potential faults and provides supports for all car-related issues. However, what Furstenwerth soon discovered is that the helpful customer service disappears once the warranty comes to an end. And as it happened, he faced humongous difficulties getting his vehicle repaired, until he decided to order the parts and fix the car himself.

He found to his great relief what he calls a ‘Lego car,’ a vehicle that is easy to put together and take apart.
As more and more people are trying to get their hands dirty in repair jobs, it’s fair to say that not everyone is having a positive experience like Mr. Furstenwerth. The big question, when it comes to your home, your vehicle or any device you use is whether to fix it or to get it fixed.

You can fix it for less

As a rule of the thumb, you shouldn’t attempt to fix anything that is broken unless you have access to the appropriate tools and you know what you’re doing. Motorola understands the difficulty to get the right tools for the job, and that’s precisely why they’ve partnered with iFixit to provide DIY repair kits to their customers – see for more. In what seems to be a bold move, the phone manufacturer helps customers to cut down their expenses and keep their phone for longer. Additionally, the partnership with iFixit gives customers all the instructions required to repair their devices for less. You can also find plenty of money-saving video tutorials and manuals for cars, kitchen appliances, and even home improvement projects. Only one rule to follow: Get the tools first!

You don’t know how to fix it

Admittedly, not all repair project is safe to tackle on your own. While adjusting a phone or changing a tire is safe, you could put your life at risk in trying to keep costs low on an electrical job at home, for example. When it comes to home DIY, most insurers have a strict red line they don’t cross. Electrical or plumbing damages that occur as a result of amateur activities are not covered. For these large and complex repair projects, you might want to approach professionals. You should always get a quote first to consider your financial response – quick loans from sites like can let you tackle emergency repairs. For projects you can postpone, you can build up funds over time.

Don’t fix when it’s broken, maintain before it breaks

Things rarely break out of the blue. They break of old age or lack of maintenance. While you can’t rejuvenate your belongings, you can make sure to take care of your car, home, and devices to reduce the risk of high repair costs. Annual checks can save you a ton of money while identifying small problems before they get out of hand!

To fix or not to fix, that is the eternal question of the money-savvy Millennial. As a rule of the thumb, more and more companies are embracing the DIY movement and making tools and manuals accessible to their audience. However, not all repair jobs are suitable for enthusiastic DIY-ers! Professional expertise, unfortunately, comes at a cost – but regular maintenance can keep your expenses low.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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