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Women Do One-Third of DIY Vehicle Work

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

The percentage of female do-it-yourselfer (DIY) vehicle maintainers is growing, and women
are now responsible for performing maintenance in one-third of all DIY households,
according to a survey by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). The
Aftermarket Consumer Survey showed that, from 1994 to 2000, the percentage of total U.S.
households performing light, medium or heavy-duty maintenance has remained constant. Since
1994, the percentage of DIY households with female DIYers has increased from 27 percent to
34 percent. The report profiles the typical female DIY as 46 years old, married, attended
college and employed full time. Her household income is $52,100, with two family vehicles,
which she typically works on about once every two to three months, primarily to save money.
She is older, more educated and has a higher household income than her 1994 counterpart.
Most female DIYers (62 percent) do light maintenance, which includes changing the oil,
rotating tires, checking and refilling fluids, and changing or replacing wipers and
batteries. A quarter of female DIYers tackle medium maintenance jobs such as installing new
brakes; draining, flushing and refilling the cooling system; replacing ignition parts;
installing mufflers or exhaust systems; and replacing shock absorbers.

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