When more than half of the UK’s drivers do not feel confident carrying out basic maintenance tasks, the idea of purchasing professional mechanic’s tools for your home garage might seem a little over-the-top. However, as we will demonstrate, owning these specialist tools could well help you out in the long run – and even save you money in the process.
Self-Identification of Issues
One of the major advantages to investing in specialist mechanic’s tools and equipment of your own, is that you gain the ability to investigate potential issues and faults yourself, at home.Screwdrivers and spanners can gain you access to parts of concern in your car, allowing you to verify exactly what is wrong before you take your car in for servicing. This will protect you from being charged for unnecessary work, or services that weren’t required. In some cases, you might even be able to carry out rudimentary maintenance yourself. With a full socket wrench set you can change tyres access your brakes, which you could clean with a specialist brake caliper brush.
Learning Your Car
Investing in mechanic’s tools also grants you the opportunity to learn more about your car and how it works – which, in turn, can give you the knowledge necessary to recognise issues quicker, or fix them yourself. For example, you could invest in a trolley jack in order to access your car’s underside, and familiarise yourself with what is accessible from beneath your car. If you experience a leak or issues with your exhaust, you’ll know exactly where to go to fix it. You can also take this opportunity to customise aspects of your car to suit you better – from upgrading your brakes to modifying parts of your engine for better performance.
Helping Friends and Family
With a set of professional tools and a little knowledge, you can offer up your garage to friends or family who might have noticed vehicle problems of their own. Even if you aren’t in a position to make repair recommendations, they might be able to use your resources to carry out their own repairs, saving your loved ones time and money in the process.
Extending Your Car’s Life
A little regular maintenance can go a long way. If you have the right tools for the job, you can extend your car’s lifespan considerably by carrying out simple maintenance tasks on a regular basis, from changing your car’s engine oil to flushing the radiator. The main reason that cars over the age of 40 are no longer required to submit to an MOT is that they tend to only be running due to the regular care and attention of their owners; applying this philosophy to maintaining your car could not only reduce costs associated with post-MOT services, but also keep it on the road for years to come.