Do it yourself

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In this complex society of ours, it's hard to fathom that everyone used to be a do-it-yourself-er: you didn't go to a doctor, you just mixed up a concoction of whiskey to clean a wound; gargled with salt water for a toothache instead of visiting a dentist; baked your own bread & sewed your own clothing instead of going to a store. That's just how it was.

There are reasons why everything changed, but keep in mind that whatever you might want to buy, you might be able to do it yourself.

Now, with the Internet and it's step-by-step instructional videos and online forums usually moderated by volunteers with a wealth of knowledge, we can learn practically how to do anything. DIY is here to stay!

So that's where I turned when a bulb on my car blew out and the dealer wanted $70 to replace it. I knew there had to be a better way. I knew that dealers made money by outrageously charging for simple services.

Sure enough, there are myriad VW user groups online, and I searched the archives about changing a bulb. It cost a mere $6 for two bulbs at my local car parts store, and it took me more time to print out the instructions (with photos) than it did to open the compartment, reach in, remove the burned-out bulb, and snap in the new one.

I couldn't believe how easy it was.

Nowadays, we research something online first before we call in the professionals, because sometimes DIY will get it done quicker and much less expensively.

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