Essential DIY Vehicle Tools you Should Always have at Hand

November 12, 2018 By Mike
Last updated on November 12, 2018

Car repairs can be expensive for even the simplest jobs because people are charged for both parts and labour. As a result, it’s a good idea for most people to learn how to tinker with their own vehicles. If this is something you’re considering, then read on to find the essential tools you should always have at hand.

Socket Set

All parts of your car will be a variety of sizes and shapes. For this reason, you should invest in a proper socket set. Perfect for beginners and professionals alike, a socket set will allow you to take on almost any possible task. They also usually come in cases, so they’re ideal to store away and use when needed.

Torque Wrench

Regardless of whether you’re an amateur enthusiast or a professional, a torque wrench is essential if you’re looking to reduce the amount of elbow grease required. Loosening or tightening lug bolts and nuts can be laborious, but a torque wrench can allow you to do all this in seconds, while also ensuring that you don’t over-tighten or ruin any bolts.

Air Compressor

Air compressors can be your best friend. From properly inflating tyres to the correct PSI to powering spray guns to help respray your vehicle, they can help carry out a number of jobs. But that’s not all, an air compressor can also be used to power any pneumatic power tools you may have, such as nail guns.


A set of spanners is almost essential for any job. This is why that, along with the socket set we mentioned earlier, spanners are probably the most important tools to own.

The set you buy will be dependent on the bolts on your car, so check which sets you require (many cars now use metric fasteners). Plus, spanners are usually cheap to buy. However, we recommend getting a colour coded set as these can make them easier to select the correct option.

Jacks and Stands

If you’re considering working on the underside of your vehicle, then a car jack and jack stand are both essential. The jack can be used to lift your vehicle off the ground, with the stand supporting the vehicle while you work underneath it.

Many vehicles come with a jack stand, but if you’re carrying out regular maintenance, then it’s recommended that you purchase your own high-quality option.

Depending on the exact job you wish to complete, you’ll likely require different tools. However, the above products should all be right at the top of your list for your home garage.