Essential Garage Tools For Dedicated Car Enthusiasts

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What is it exactly that makes a car enthusiast? If it was just about how much money you spend on a new car, then practically everybody with wealth could be called one. But there’s more to it than that, isn’t there?

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A car enthusiast isn’t just somebody who wants to be chauffeured from A to B in comfort and style. They are a person who gets interested in all aspects of owning a new car, from the latest technology to how a combustion engine works.

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Part of being a car enthusiast, therefore, is having a garage with the tools to work on a car. It’s a statement that you love cars and working on them isn’t so much a chore but something that you actually enjoy.

Check out these garage tools for the car enthusiast.

Workbench

Workbenches have been used by mechanics since cars were first invented. You can buy your own work bench or build one yourself to meet your needs.

If you decide to do it yourself, there are plenty of sites out there dedicated to helping car enthusiasts build their own workbenches. Bob Villa.com, for instance, offers more than five different workbench designs that can be made at home.

Vises

There will come a time in any car enthusiast’s life when there is a need to put something in a vise. Clamps are essential for the workbench and help keep your projects in place as you work on them. They’ve been used by craftsmen down the generations, and give you the ability to stabilize your work.

Floor Jacks And Lifts

Anybody who wants to work on their own car will need some way of getting it into the air. As pointed out by topfloorjacks.com, one way is to use a simple floor jack that can be stored away easily. There are dozens of different floor jacks on the market to choose from, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. The great thing about floor jacks is how inexpensive they tend to be compared other solutions available on the market.

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If you’ve got a bigger budget, you might consider getting a similar setup to a proper car mechanic garage. Professional mechanics often use a lift. This is a hydraulic, mechanical device that allows the entire car to be lifted overhead, making working on the underside easier. Lifts come in handy in dozens of situations, especially when you need to work on the exhaust or when a piece of heat shielding has come loose.

Lighting

Light is one of the biggest problems that car enthusiasts face when working at home. Getting a lighting setup that allows them to see under the vehicle as well as on top is difficult, especially if you’ve got limited space.

One idea is to use mirrors, strategically placed at 45-degree angles along the floor of the workshop to direct light under the car. Another is to use stage and movie lighting, rather than old fashioned clip and halogen lights as these tend to diffuse light better.

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