It can be tempting to do your own car repairs at home to save money, especially when there are hundreds of places online teaching you how to repair your own car. But oftentimes, the risks can far outweigh the money saved. And at-home car care done incorrectly can result in even more costly repairs down the road!

While there are a few routine maintenance services you can perform on your own, here are a few you should defiantly leave to the experts…


Air conditioning is one of the greatest conveniences modern vehicles have to offer. So, when your AC is acting up, you will surely notice. And while it might be tempting to purchase an over-the-counter AC recharge kit as a quick fix, you might want to think twice.

First, refrigerants are toxic. Though their toxicity levels are generally low, misuse or improper handling of AC refrigerants can be dangerous to your health and to the environment. Second, your vehicle’s AC system is closed, meaning you shouldn’t have to refill or top off your refrigerant. If your vehicle is low on refrigerant, there is likely a leak or a more serious issue, and adding additional refrigerant could be a waste.

But don’t worry, SmogMart has you covered. We help tons of people with our Car AC Repair Sacramento.


Mounting or balancing tires might seem like easy DIY car maintenance, but it’s best left to the professionals. Improper mounting can lead to flat tires, making driving dangerous for you and other drivers on the road. Likewise, improperly balancing your tires at home can cause excessive shaking that can damage other parts of your vehicle.

Whether you need to swap out your winter tires for summer or all-season tires or just need new tires altogether, you can get professional tire mounting and balancing services from the experts at Smog Mart.


When it comes to your vehicle, it’s important to know which repairs you can do at home and which ones to avoid. For the ones you can’t, SmogMart is here to help. Our team of professional technicians understand the ins and outs of your vehicle and can help get it back on the road. Whether it’s brake repair, an engine diagnostic, or a complete vehicle inspection, SmogMart Auto Care can give your car the expert repairs it deserves.