Car guys need a reliable multi-tool like waiters need a corkscrew within easy reach. Helpful in almost any unexpected situation, from wrenching on the fly to cracking something cold open at the end of a long day of driving, having a multi-tool cannot be underestimated.
The array of multi-tools available today is about as varied as the car guys who use them, so study the market before buying. But, since there's no such thing as having too many tools, so here are our choices:
Multi-tools don't get more iconic than the Victorinox Swiss Army Cadet Knife. It's lightweight—just 1.6 oz.—and has all the basic tools you need, including a large blade, a can opener, two small screwdrivers, a key ring, bottle opener, and wirestripper, and a nail file.. The little red knife can do a lot in a pinch.
The handiest solution among this group is also the trendiest. Leatherman managed to cram 29 tools into the Tread, a multi-tool that incorporates tools into a stainless steel bracelet. The genius behind the tread lies in its outstanding product design, allowing an oxygen tank wrench to share space with hex drives, for instance.
Some multi-tools are designed to handle any possible situation, but we appreciate the purpose-driven nature of the Columbia River Knife and Tool's Eat'N Tool. As its name suggests, this multi-tool is a spork when you need it to be, as well as three different wrenches. And a bottle opener.
The Leatherman MUT Multi-Tool's foldable body comprises 16 different tools, with two sets of pliers, wire cutters, a hammer, a saw, a knife, and several screwdrivers. Buy one, and you'll wonder you got along without one.
If you're the type who appreciates something a little different, consider the Cathy's Concepts Hammer Multi-Tool. It features wire cutters, pliers, two screwdrivers, a file, a knife, and a wood grain handle with an engraved letter of your choice at no additional cost.