This article originally appeared as a car news feed by Motoring Research for MSN Cars

Just to prove it really does take all sorts, you can in fact actually buy a Car Mechanic Simulator computer game. Which is out now as the 2014 version, no less.

Fixing a real car when it breaks down is tiresome enough for most of us – choosing to repair one virtually in our own spare time sounds like the stuff that minds are boggled with. But still, here you go.

On Bing: see pictures of Car Mechanic Simulator 2014

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The aim of the game is quite simply to diagnose problems, fix them, and turn a profit. You get to order parts, undo virtual bolts – presumably without graxing your knuckles – and hopefully put the whole thing back together again.

We have no info about whether this includes a realistic “Well, where on earth did this left-over part come from?” feature. But presumably you can get your friends to hide your keyboard or mouse for a similarly realistic experience.

At the basic level players can choose from three garages, eight different car models and 120 different repairs, and even take fixed vehicles for a test drive afterwards. Tuning is also a part of the fun. There is already a 4×4 expansion pack for really dedicated enthusiasts.

Car Mechanic Simulator offers two modes of play – career mode and endless – and is a Red Dot Games development, published by PlayWay S.A. It’s available for the PC or Mac via Steam download, and is priced at £14.99.

Enjoy.

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On Bing: see pictures of Car Mechanic Simulator 2014

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