Innovations Making Car Maintenance Easier
Tweaking your auto so it looks good, and runs well to boot, is a labor of love. You can expect to spend up to $8,000 on a custom paint job alone in the shop, and so it’s often the case that doing it at home is the way forward. The upside of that is the emotional connection you build with your vehicle, and the comfort that you know the job has been done to the absolute best of your ability.
Like pretty much every other industry on earth, modern technology is having a renaissance with car modification and maintenance. A few key improvements are making it easier to mod your car and cheaper to boot. With these in hand the car improvement, maintenance and care cyclewill be that much easier.
Your car’s paint job
The paint job is the most instantly recognizable aspect of any car design. Done well and your car can be a beauty. The most basic paint job, including labor, will cost $500 to $800 initially, according to MoneyInc. Done at home, you can take labor costs off, but add some equipment - though remember, it’ll be there for any future projects. It's also important to make sure that you look for local advice before giving your car a touchup. A chat with a professional can do wonders for the end job. Where technology is helping is through value for money via sustainability. According to Sustainable Brands, Toyota have developed solar-reflective paint that is not only cheaper, but cheaper for running your car, also, through reduced fuel costs as you undertake touch ups.
The body of your car
A knock against your vehicle can be unsightly and is probably the second most obvious issue, besides a poor paint job. Removing them is costly and requires many man hours from panel beaters. Once again, being able to complete work on your own turf is always better, but is time consuming and tricky.
Creating news ways for consumers to take repairs on their own terms is the 3D printer. Used for a wide variety of applications, 3D printers are now customizable enough to be able to scan problem areas atop the car and produce bespoke replacement parts. This can be done in polymer or metal. Essentially, 3D printing will allow homeowners to cheaply fill in the cracks on their vehicle; add a perfectly trained paint job and you vehicle will look at good as new.
High level diagnostics
Many superficial defects in your motor can be solved at home through these sorts of methods. What do you do when the problem is internal? When you take your car into the technician, they’ll be using a diagnostic computer to find out just what’s going wrong in there, and work on from there. In the future, cars of all types – smart or otherwise – will buck this trend. This is through the smart monitoring of cars and deploying augmented reality and AI to proactively monitor issues.
Lifestyle magazine Quartz reported on smart vehicle defect monitoring from car manufacturers, and reckon that it’ll soon come into consumer hands. What this means is that you’ll be able to catch problems early and have replacement parts ready to go. With a nod to older cars, one manufacturer predicts that these tools will be able to retroactively work, providing the average consumer with a greater depth of knowledge before moving to the mechanic. This will mean lower labor costs, a greater knowledge of your car and what makes it tick, and in some cases, the ability to perform all of your repairs from the comfort of your home.
As ever, technology is expensive at the outset but provides savings a long way down the road. For those looking to maintain their vehicles in house, there are cunning new innovations helping every year. Keep your eye out, and you might be able to benefit.