We receive this question more than any other here at Toolmonger, so we decided it’s time to sit down and work out the details: what tools, in what storage medium, make up the perfect car toolkit?
We have lots of ideas, but we want yours as well. With any luck we’ll all collaborate and create the perfect kit — which we can then point everyone to when they ask us this question.
So, we’ll start things off:
For car kits, we prefer tool bags. Tool rolls are ideal, but unless you’re willing to take the time to make a custom roll for the exact tools you want to carry, you’ll end up with a mess. We also think that a basic car tool kit should start with the following:
- a set of combination wrenches (metric/standard) in standard sizes
- a medium Phillips and standard screwdriver, or better yet a multi-bit driver where the bits store in the handle
- a 3/8″-drive socket set (metric/standard) with a ratchet
- slip-joint pliers
- needle-nose pliers
- one large standard screwdriver (doubling as a pry bar)
- a utility knife
- a medium flat file
- a compact hacksaw
- electrical tape
- a small roll of connecting wire
- a small roll of bailing wire
I’m sure there’s a lot more — and I’ll contribute more once I get a chance to run down and look in my own kits — but if you would, jump in and share your additions/subtractions/better ideas in comments.