Every car deserves a nice garage, and every garage deserves good tools and supplies. If you plan on working on your car at home, here's everything you'll need to get started. And if you don't know what to get the mechanic in your life for the holidays, there's a good chance they'd appreciate something off this list.
If you're going to work on your car, you need a good toolkit. This 210-piece hand tool set from Stanley should have everything you'll need for basic auto repairs at home—and for most home repairs, too.
For bench-top tool storage, it's hard to go wrong with a tool chest from Craftsman.
A handy on-the-go toolbox is essential for those unexpected roadside repairs. Load up this DeWalt item with the wrenches, sockets and screwdrivers you're most likely to need on the road.
There's only so much you can fix on a car that's resting on its wheels. That makes a floor jack essential. With its three-and-a-half-ton capacity, this is all the jack you'll need for most vehicles. makes a nice upgrade.
Remember: A jack is for lifting and lowering, never for holding a car in the air. Unless you want to spend big money on a lift, you'll need two pairs of these guys for most under-car repairs. Just make sure to buy jack stands that are rated for the weight of your vehicle.
If you're working under your car, you need a creeper. This one's good because it doubles as a rolling stool.
Keep your car in one place with a set of wheel chocks. These things are invaluable when you're jacking a car, or if you don't trust your parking brake.
A workbench is great because you can't rebuild carburetors at the kitchen table. Well, you can, but you probably shouldn't.
Okay, so a Bluetooth speaker won't help you fix your car, but it'll keep you entertained while you work.
Sometimes your project car can't make it to the gas station. A good high-capacity fuel can makes fueling up your project a breeze.
Just trust us on this one. It's better to have an extinguisher and never need it, than to need one and not have it.
Working on cars can be dangerous, so it's always a good idea to have a first-aid kit handy.
Protect your hands for under $20 with a set of Mechanix gloves.
Serious automotive work can lead to big messes. Clean 'em up with a nice big shop vac.
Spills happen, and while cat litter will work in a pinch, Oil Dri is made to absorb the stuff your car might leave on the ground.
Working on cars is messy, and regular household paper towels won't do. These heavy-duty shop towels are what you need.
When you're up to your elbows in grease, normal hand soap won't cut it. You'll find Gojo hand soap in nearly every professional garage, for good reason.
Vise Grips: Because you only have two hands.
You don't need coveralls to work on your car, but they're definitely not a bad idea. Keep your clothes, and yourself, grease free.
If you work on rusty old cars, or anything with stuck fasteners, PB Blaster will soon become your best friend.
For dealing with nuts and bolts that refuse to move, a breaker bar is an absolute necessity.
Every garage needs the BFH for really stubborn jobs.
You won't go far with a dead battery or flat tires. Kill two birds with one stone with this neat tool from Stanley. It's even got USB chargers!
Correct tire pressures are critical, so keep a good gauge around to check 'em. This one has a bleed button for controlled deflation, too.
It's hard to work if you can't actually see what you're working on. A battery-operated shop light will solve that problem. Even better, it's got LEDs, so it won't go out if you drop it.
Working in the engine bay? Buy a fender protector. It's cheap, and it'll save you a lot in potential body and paint damage.
If you've ever lost a bolt, you'll know why one of these is essential.
... and if you're still losing bolts, you'll need one of these.
If your toolkit doesn't come with torx screwdrivers, it's worth picking a few up.
Don't bother going to a shop for an oil-change. You can do it easily at home with one of these.