If you do your own maintenance on mowers and vehicles, I bet you have the skills to start learning how to maintain these simple machines. Of course, not everybody wants too and that’s cool too. It’s just there’s a real sense of accomplishment and independence that comes from being able to do certain tasks on your own (not to mention huge $$ savings). For me, I have to get over the fear that I’m going to destroy something because I’ve not done it before. Not saying that hasn’t happened but it’s yet to happen to the extent I couldn’t fix it with new parts. Even when that goes wrong, the added cost of the new part is usually still less than paying someone to fix it for me. My unrequested advice would be to get a good service manual, read up on the repair ie carb ID and restrictor plate, and then talk it thru with the guys on this forum. They’ll help you thru the repair process and you’ll have a win under your belt. Next time, you’ll feel a little more confident and it just keeps getting easier. At least that’s been my experience. Certainly, there may be times when paying someone to fix it is the smart move (like in the middle of fishing season when you want it done fast or specialized tools are required). Enjoy that little motor - it’s a good one once you get used to it and any bugs worked out.