A well-equipped garage can make the most daunting of repair projects a cakewalk. The right tools not only increase your efficiency, they make the process of fixing and restoring cars way more enjoyable.If you are serious about working on cars, you should have the following tools and equipment in your garage:

  1. A wide variety of wrenchesNo tool finds more use in a garage than the humble wrench. You will need it to take apart car parts, remove bolts and work on the smallest to the largest of car components. A well-equipped garage should have a variety of wrenches in varying sizes. This should include, but isn’t limited to, ratcheting wrenches, feeler gauges, elbow ratchets, and adjustable wrenches.
  2. A number of gripping toolsYou will be surprised how many times you will need to grip and pull out a part from the car. A garage with a wide variety of gripping tools will make your job a whole lot easier. Lineman pliers, needle-nose pliers, slip-joint pliers, long-reach pliers, locking pliers and diagonal cutters should be an essential part of your garage tool kit.
  3. Screwdrivers, sockets and hex keysBesides wrenches and pliers, you also need a number of different screwdrivers, sockets, torx bits and hex keys to work on cars. For screwdrivers, make sure that you have both slotted and Phillips style in a number of varying sizes and lengths. You should also have deep sockets for working on nuts and bolts. You should also have hex keys (sometimes called “allen wrenches”) and torx bits for working on specific car equipment (such as brake calipers).
  4. Power toolsNo garage is complete without some power tools. While not absolutely necessary (you can get most jobs done manually), they will save you countless hours and tons of effort. At the very least, you should have a cordless drill with a number of drill bits. You should also get yourself an impact driver, impact wrenches, and air-compressor powered air-tools.
  5. A workbenchA workbench is the simplest piece of equipment in any garage – and also the most important. A workbench can be simply a piece of solid wood, or it can be a high-end metal platform with built-in light and tool box storage. You will spend hours fiddling with different parts on the workbench; make sure that you invest in quality equipment.
  6. Tool storageNow that you have all these tools, you also need a place to keep them. A good tool storage cabinet will make tool organization a whole lot easier and give you access to just the tool you need, whenever you need it.

Building a well-equipped garage can be an expensive process. Instead of buying everything at once, start small, buy the most essential equipment first, and build out your tool chest gradually.