This page is dedicated to helping you save time and money when it comes to repairing and diagnosing your car. Listed below are my favorite tools and resources. Note: Affiliate links may be listed below.
Car Tool Essentials
Look no further than this small, portable yet powerful jump starter. Next-gen lithium-based car battery jump starter. It has enough juice to jump start 20 times on a single 1000 amp charge.
I like that the flashlight and USB peripherals are available even on the lowest model. This particular one is more than enough for the everyday vehicle and is very portable compared to some other jump starters. – $99.95
Have the right pliers for the right job. At the price this set is going for, I don’t think you can find a better deal. They work great, easy to open and close, and don’t wear out that easily so they’ll handle the toughest job you throw at them. – $16.99
These are great whenever you’re dealing with a screw or bolt that’s rusted or the head is stripped to the point that a wrench set will no longer work. If done right, this will make your life so much easier along with WD-40.
I don’t recommend going for a cheaper set because, from experience, a cheaper set can make life more miserable and time-consuming. I recommend getting this original set. – $47.65
If you’re looking for the all-in-one screwdriver set look no further. This set will take care of the largest to smallest job. The smaller screwdrivers are great for electronics repair. Best part about this set, is it has a magnetizer/demagnetizer that can be used to quickly changed the magnetic properties of any particular screwdriver, which is very handy! The total price of this set is $39.99
If you’re looking for a one-stop kind of tool-set then look no further. This 192-piece tool set has all the tools you’d need to wrench on your car. Yes, there are cheaper sets that will include other kinds of tools but not many sets offer short and long sockets which is important to reach bolts and screws in discreet areas of the engine bay.
It also includes a flexible adapter for the even harder-to-reach bolts. Plus it’s DeWalt which means they’re ultra-durable. The biggest perk of all, if you’re like me, who loses the 10mm socket every time, there’s more than one in there. Pair this with a wrench kit and you’ll be set for wrenchin’ on all kinds of cars. – $169
The portable, easy-to-pack, chrome vanadium ratchet wrench tool-set makes this a highly functional tool-set you can keep in the trunk of your car for any circumstance. They offer a lifetime warranty on these which is hard to beat.
The reason why I think it’s the best set and what sets it apart from other competitors is the ultra-slim profile on each head which makes it that much easier to access the screw or bolt. On one side it has built in gears to make your life much easier. Did I mention how cool the canister-like case is?- $69.95
Everyone should have this in their car. You can’t afford to go without it. Even if you’re not mechanically inclined, this really a fantastic ultra-portable scan tool. Plus because it’s paired to your phone, you can easily export the scan results to anyone else via text message.
You can even acquire the VIN via your smartphone camera. Use your smartphone as an interface to check and clear your check engine light. What’s great is that it’s constantly updated and allows you to monitor the functions of your vehicle. The app itself is very user-friendly and even gives you service bulletins and reports right on the app! – $99.95
Launch OBDII has a reputation for being an excellent scan tool maker. I particularly love the live-feed monitoring this scan tool has. It’ll thoroughly scan any system components including the ECU, ABS, and Airbag module.
On top of being able to thoroughly scan for codes, it can also clear those codes if there aren’t any hard faults. This is the latest version from Launch OBDII. If you’re looking for a professional scan tool that can do what most of the expensive professional diagnostic OBDII scan tools are able to that won’t break the bank. – $238.88
The ultimate scan tool. It’ll communicate with all the vehicle’s devices and can clear fault codes not just in the ECU, but TCM, PCM, airbag module, sensors, and so much more. Updates are done via wi-fi and the large screen is simply a joy to use.
Note, there is an annual fee for future updates but it more than makes up for it’s annual fees, as it can communicate with pretty much any vehicle and any computer module. This is a top-tier best of the best kind of scan tool. Price tag is not for the faint of heart but for professionals who use it daily, it’ll pay itself off quickly. – $1,699
Best Tools and Accessories For Your Vehicle
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Resource websites to buy & sell OEM parts, search for a vehicle to purchase, and find great deals on auto tools
Car-part is the most comprehensive online resource tool when it comes to find OEM replacement parts. It’s a database of all the junkyards and used auto part shops that have the parts you’re looking for.
My favorite part is that you can sort by distance so you can find the nearest location to you. If you’re having trouble finding something specific, select another part and call those vendors to see if they also carry other parts. Not all junkyards list every individual the part they have on the database.
eBay is one of the single largest resources for auto parts. They have so many auto parts stores and individual sellers selling new, OEM or aftermarket parts.
If I ever have trouble finding anything on car-parts.com, I usually head on over to eBay and see what they have. Note, you can also sort by distance or by lowest price.
Search results will include listings from eBay, Craigslist, Cars.com, Carsoup, Carsdirect, Autotrader, Carvana, and Oodle all in one place! You can even do an advanced search to extend the search area or filter out specific criteria.
Amazon has a vast amount of tools and accessories to choose from and super fast delivery thanks to Amazon Prime. You can choose specific filters for auto parts that will show you if the part will fit your vehicle.
What’s not to love about the two-day delivery and all-new parts? I shop on Amazon for all my accessories and diagnostic tool needs.