What you need to know

This Report will focus on the DIY (do-it-yourself) automotive sector, and will discuss consumers’ DIY history, overall aptitude, and knowledge of specific automotive maintenance, repairs, and customizations, as well as motivations and attitudes toward DIY automotive work.

The Report will also cover the market size of the DIY segment and key players within the market.


For the purposes of this Report, Mintel has used the following definitions:

This Report builds on the analysis presented in Mintel’s DIY Auto Maintenance – US, January 2015, DIY Auto Maintenance – US, May 2013 and DIY Auto Maintenance – US, November 2011, as well as Mintel’s Auto Service, Maintenance, and Repair – US, December 2016 and Auto Service, Maintenance and Repair – US, December 2014.

Mintel defines the DIY automotive maintenance market as any work on parts or the purchase and installation of replacement or upgrade components that are completed under the vehicle owner’s own volition.

This will include doing both simple tasks such as replacing wiper blades and starter battery to more complex projects such as replacing a car stereo, working on brake pads, brake rotors, transmissions, or rebuilding an engine.

DIY maintenance includes the following vehicle types: all cars, station wagons, sedans, pickup trucks, vans, minivans, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

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