In my first book, I wrote quite a bit about what I call “the rhythm of repair.” This is the process by which car owners fit automotive repair into our lives. Note that, if you don’t work on your own car, and it needs attention, you’re not off the hook; you still need to do something to enable the repair. After all, the car isn’t going to fix itself. At a minimum, that’s usually driving the car to a repair shop and getting a ride to work, then repeating the process to pick up the car. If you assume that it’s an hour each way, that’s two hours. I can get a lot fixed in two hours.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/12/17/rhythm-of-repair