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Skipping the mechanic

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Why fix it now when you can wait?

That's the way many of us think when debating whether or not to see a mechanic, and that's exactly what the folks over at State Street Automotive in Quincy are seeing.

The owner says people aren't willing to dish out the money it takes to fix a car.

Instead, many are buying what's called a diagnostic reader so they can try and fix it themselves. But, the question is... Do those really work?

"I wouldn't recommend you buy one of them things at all because it's really not going to do you hardly any good unless you've got some sort of mechanical knowledge," said Mark Holtmeyer, owner of Spring Street Automotive.

Holtmeyer also says, sometimes a "check engine light" is something minor that you can fix without ever going to a mechanic.

"Some of the check engine lights are leaving the gas cap loose, something minor like that that's not going to affect the way your car runs. But, if you have a misfire code, your engine will miss....you'll feel all that stuff. So, if you feel it then you need to get your car looked at," said Holtmeyer.

Another rule of thumb, Holtmeyer says if your check engine light is flashing, that means it's very serious and needs to get looked at immediately.

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