I know, I know…you’re probably wondering why I’m down on Google.
But I’m not and I’ll tell you why in just a second…but first let’s talk about how we use Google. I mean it’s my first stop for literally finding out anything I need to know.
It’s a really important part of my process. Especially when I’m trying to get a handle on the problem in general and find out a rough idea of what the options might be.
And there I hit on a HUGE point. In GENERAL Google’s responses are very general because it can’t know me and my situation.
It doesn’t know that my car has always had this weird thing with the steering or whatever nuance your car has.
It’s a starting spot and sometimes you’ll get lucky and be able to do the repair or find out the exact info that you need to know to fix your car with little time, energy, and lots of confidence.
But other times you need to go farther.
Here are 4 of the pitfalls of relying only on Google
Lots of Information
Woah, have you looked at the internet recently?
Anybody and everybody seems to have a blog and you can post and do whatever.
And that leads to a ton of information to sift through. There are articles upon articles covering every topic and it can be hard to sort through all that info to find what you need.
Having lots of info to sort through means it can be incredibly time consuming. The problem that you are having with your car may seem like something everyone has dealt with but….
when you get into those forums and realize they aren’t talking about your problem specifically it can lead to a lot of reading to find the answers you are looking for.
Even more so when you are doing it yourself because you want to make sure that you’ve got the right information and there isn’t an easier alternative than what is described.
Many Sources are not Quality
You always have to spend at least a little time determining if this information is quality and isn’t going to end up costing you more money in the end.
I’ve got an example of this although it’s not repair specific it illustrates the point exactly.
My friend was telling me about this comedian he was watching, this was a deadpan comedian. And he was describing to the viewer how to drive a stick shift. But his instructions were not how you drive it but how you tear up your clutch.
He delivered it as an authority and seemed like he knew what he was talking about. And if you didn’t know better you could immediately be on the search for a new clutch for your manual if you didn’t know he was joking.
This is true of car repair help you come across. People may not be experts just because they put the information on.
Sometimes your car has the same problem as described but more than likely its different or your car is different
Every year they come out with new models of each car which means there are small differences between the years and coming up with information online of your exactly make, model, trim of car is going to be even more difficult.
Think about this for a second.
We had a car one time with a sun roof. Well one day it wouldn’t work anymore.
We searched for WEEKS looking for information on what might be wrong. We kept coming up short because our controls were not even close to the controls that the forums were talking about. This made it incredibly difficult to figure out what was wrong from just the internet alone.
Come to find out our sunroof was aftermarket. Which made it different than any other car of it’s kind.
So you may find info but it may not be the “right” info for your situation.
So what can you do?
Well being aware of the the problems you will face when you start searching for car repair help is a great first step.
But you also need to make sure you take it further and consult with an expert on the info you find. Have you ever cooked a recipe and felt like there was an instruction missing? That if you didn’t understand the basics of cooking that the recipe would turn out differently?
That’s what it feels like when you are armed with only the basic information from Google. You may be missing a crucial step in the process and potentially not even find out about it until later when you need to get an even bigger repair.
Gather up your info and talk to an expert before taking on any DIY repair. You’ll be glad you did!
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