There’s something quite special about working on your own car in the comfort of your own garage. Providing you have the right knowledge and expertise, there’s a sense of pride and satisfaction in fixing or fitting something to your treasured vehicle by yourself.
That being said, without the right tools you could find that you cause yourself more hassle that it’s worth. Worse still, without the proper gear you couldrisk damaging your car or injuring yourself.
So to ensure you are working safely and efficiently, read on to find out exactly what you need for your perfect home garage.
The Right Tools
When it comes to basic car maintenance there are some essential hand tools and sets you should have in your toolbox, some of the more popular options are:
- A comprehensive set of wrenches
- A full set of screwdrivers
- Ratchet sets
- Torches and tool lights
These basics are ideal for the more straightforward jobs like, changing bulbs, removing sparkplugs, replacing small parts and affixing modifications.
For tasks that require a bit more effort or that involve you lifting your vehicle, there are certain products your garage needs. These include:
- Trolley Jacks – to securely lift your car
- Axle Stands – to fix your vehicle when it is lifted so you can safely work beneath it
- Wheel Chocks – these are to prevent your car rolling back when you’re working.
- Engine Cranes – for car restoration or more technical work.
Should you be looking to complete any jobs like these, it is important you invest in thekit that can manage the weight of your vehicle. Be sure you choose a model with the correct tonnage capacity to safely support and lift your car and its components.
Yes, this isn’t strictly something you have to buy, but much like any professional garage you need to make sure you have enough space to comfortably work. Try your best to organise and de-clutter your floor area so it has a centralised space to fit your car. Take the time to categorise and arrange your tools and equipment together, this way they are far easier for you to find if and when you need them.
If you’re not sure where to start though, there are a number of great, specialist tool and equipment retailers available like SGS Engineering, where you can get yourself fully kitted out. So, get shopping around, take on board some of this advice and you could soon be living the dream by working away in your own perfect garage.