What does Roy Morgan reveal about DIY mechanics?

A recent Roy Morgan survey about “backyard mechanics” has revealed interesting information about those Aussies who tinker with their cars at home.

The survey found the number of people who have worked on a car at home in any given three months has dropped from 18 per cent in 2010 to 16 per cent in the year to June 2014.

This group of people were also “overwhelmingly” male and aged mostly between 35 – 64 years. Most lived in the country, rather than in the cities.

However, this is not all the study revealed. Interestingly, this group of people are also more likely than the average Australian to get their car serviced by a professional.

“While these ‘revheads’ obviously enjoy a bit of backyard tinkering, they would still rely on the professionals to do the serious work, keep their service schedules up to date and their beloved vehicle performing to its maximum capacity,” said Warren Reid, grip accounts director for consumer products at Roy Morgan Research.

Regular servicing is a great way to ensure your car is in the best shape possible, making it easier to sell your car further down the track.

Backyard mechanics are also more likely to shop for car accessories, stating a preference for Repco and Autobarn.

The right car accessories could help you increase the value of your car so that you get a higher price when it comes time to sell it. However, it is worth ensuring that these car accessories don’t negatively impact the asking price of your car.

Leather seats, air conditioning, parking sensors and built-in satellite navigation systems are all good bets, while window and paint protection may not add significant value.