My car ran into some minor problems a few days back and it cost be a packet to get it repaired. Later, when i saw the mechanic fix it i realized the problem was pretty minor and my lack of basic know-how had cost me.
It was then then that a local colleague pointed me to the world of DIY (Do It Yourself) repair manuals. The name of the masters in the game is Haynes who have quite a large collection of self-repair manuals.
I also found an interesting page on how they started. However, before you start buying one i would recommend checking ebay for a second-hand copy. There's one for literally all the popular car types by the make, model and year.