Car Repair 101: Best Tools for the Amateur Repairman

From a well-stocked roadside tool kit, to the resources and equipment needed to tackle larger repairs and projects in the garage, it always pays to have the right tool for the job. Amateur repairmen can benefit a great deal by learning more about the best tool selections. So whether you are changing a flat far from home, or seeking to restore a classic car or truck, a well-stocked tool collection is one concern is something you never have to worry about again. 

Stocking Up on Basic Tools 
Basic tools are needed for almost every repair job. Quality screwdrivers, pliers, ratchets, and wrenches form the backbone of any tool collection. While selecting lower quality tools may seem like a great way to keep costs low, having to replace equipment that breaks or wears out prematurely can be more expensive in the long run. Stocking up on the most essential tools can allow amateurs to tackle a variety of basic maintenance tasks, and even undergo more extensive repair work after sourcing a few specific additions. 

Specialty Tools 
While even high-quality wrenches and screwdrivers can often be purchased without breaking the bank, there are a few essentials that may come with a hefty price tag. A good floor jack, a torque wrench, and even sophisticated Phillips Safety laser equipment are all purchases that more experienced mechanics would do well to consider. Moving beyond the basics can allow you to handle larger jobs and finish more mundane tasks with far less time and effort. 

Body-Repair Tools 
Even a few minor dings, scratches and scrapes can make a real difference in terms of the appearance of your car. Touch-up paint, minor body repair kits, and other equipment options may prove to be a worthy investment. Being able to make minor repairs to your car’s body and finish can spare you the much higher costs charged by professional body shops. 

Rental Options 
There are always tool and equipment options that are only useful for a narrow range of uses. Choosing to rent specialty equipment rather than purchasing an item you’ll have little long-term use for may allow you to stretch your purchases as far as possible. Bearing removal tools, suspension repair, and installation equipment and other devices may do little more than clutter up your garage. Often these can be rented from the right supplier for a lot less.

Every amateur auto repairman needs some basic tools in their repertoire. As you begin to stock up, pay attention to getting good basics and renting your specialty equipment. In no time, your garage can become a virtual repair shop.