Must have tools for a garage
For car enthusiasts, a well-stocked home garage is a hugely valuable asset, ensuring that you always have the right equipment at hand and are prepared for any vehicle-related eventuality.
While obvious hand tools like screwdrivers and wrenches are important to own, there are various more specialist tools which you should try to fill your garage with – regardless of how much or how little time you spend working on your car – and some which can turn a good garage into a serious workshop.
1. Floor Jack and Stands
While a somewhat obvious inclusion, a floor jack and a set of jack stands belong in every good garage and allow you easy access to the underside of a car.
It is possible to get by with a floor jack and a pair of jack stands, but a good garage will have at least four jack stands, allowing them to support the entire vehicle. Given that you will be underneath the vehicle, this is one tool that it is worth investing a little extra in to ensure it is heavy duty and able to face any task.
2. Vehicle Mover
A vehicle mover is an invaluable addition to your garage, allowing for the easy movement of cars, without the need to physically get in the vehicle. This can be essential in a number of circumstances and is useful even when things are running smoothy with your car.
Stringo have a range of car movers available, which are able to move vehicles of up to 3000 kg in weight. They are simple to operate, can be used in confined spaces and allow you to move cars safely, with zero emissions.
3. Portable Jump Box
Many car enthusiasts have multiple vehicles, meaning that some are not used for fairly long periods of time, or that some are works in progress. In this instance, it is almost inevitable that you will run into at least one of two problems – a low battery, making it impossible to start the car, or low tyre pressure.
Both problems can be solved with a portable jump starter box, such as the Clarke Jump Start 910, which comes with a built-in air compressor, making it ideal for inflating tyres.
4. Shop Lights
If you are going to spend any amount of time in your garage, you cannot underestimate the value of good quality light sources, in order to achieve optimum visibility at any time of the day. After all, you are dealing with sensitive machinery and need to be able to see what you are doing.
There are numerous different shop lights available on the market, coming in all kinds of different sizes, shapes and offering different types of lighting. Add a decent amount of lighting to your garage and be sure to keep plenty of spare bulbs at all times.
5. Car Lift
For the most serious and dedicated car enthusiasts, a car lift can be an incredible addition to your garage, taking it to the next level.
Although they are not an addition to be taken lightly, sometimes requiring significant garage modifications in order to be installed, if you work daily in the garage and deal with multiple vehicles, car lifts can make life so much easier. Keep in mind though, a good quality lift is likely to set you back thousands of pounds.