Being able to work on your car in your garage can be highly rewarding and, thanks to endless resources online, anyone can carry out basic maintenance work provided you have the right tools and can follow basic instructions. In addition to this, this is also a great way to save money on mechanic’s bills, so it is highly worth investing in a few items so that you can carry out work yourself. Here are a few must-have items.

Full Toolkit

Needless to say, every home mechanic needs a full toolkit filled with quality tools. This should include items like a torque wrench, screwdriver, hammer, pliers, a socket set, wirecutters and more.

Tool Chest

It is vital that you have a safe place to store all of your tools so that you can easily find the right tool when you need it, but also to keep the garage floor neat and tidy. A tool chest can also keep expensive tools safe and secure.

Adjustable Seat

It is likely that you will spend a significant amount of time sitting down when working on a car, so it is important to have a comfortable seat. This should also be adjustable so that you can easily work at different levels.


A solid workbench is the cornerstone of a good home garage as this will provide you with a space to carry out work, store items that need to be quickly found and it can also be used to have a computer so that you can find support online.

Trolley Jack

Often, you will need to lift the vehicle off the ground to carry out work and the only way to properly do this is with a high-quality trolley jack. These make it quick, easy and safe to lift the vehicle so that the underside can be reached.


A creeper makes it quick and easy to reach the underside of the vehicle and much more comfortable than having to crawl under and lay on your back.

Air Compressor

An air compressor is a fantastic piece of equipment to have in the garage because it can serve so many different purposes. Although they can be expensive, they will prove to be highly valuable as they can be used to power air tools, inflate tyres, blow clean and dry tools and much more.


A vise acts like a spare hand and this will be incredibly helpful if you are working by yourself in the garage, plus they are also ideal for applying force or holding something in place.

These are the key pieces of equipment that any amateur mechanic needs to get up and running and will allow you to take on all kinds of maintenance work.