Five Best Starter Tool Kits For Budding Mechanics

Is there a budding mechanic on your holiday gift list? Do you want to get them the right tools to start tackling projects? There’s no end to the tools and kits out there, but when it comes to a strong foundation for future mechanical fun, there are a few must-haves that make any work that much easier.

Let’s look at some great tools for beginner mechanics.

1. Screwdriver Set

For anyone who will be taking apart and re-assembling automotive components, a screwdriver set is an absolute necessity. For the best results, it’s worth investing in a multi-bit set-up that lets users swap slotted, Torx, and Phillips-head bits in the most popular sizes. This covers the majority of what mechanics encounter in general repair work.

2. Ratchets and Sockets

Next up is a set of rachets (1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, and 1/2-inch drive sizes) and sockets to match in the most commonly found metric and SAE sizes. This is the perfect complement to a screwdriver set. Good ratchets make it simple and hassle-free to remove bolts, plus they’re one of the fundamental building blocks of any tool kit.

3. Pliers

Sometimes, mechanics need to access areas that are too small for human hands, hold delicate parts in place with more strength and stability than their fingers can provide, or tightly grip a fastener while it is being removed or tightened. A set of needle-nose, locking, and slip-joint pliers offers a versatile range of grips at a price that won’t break the bank.

4. Jack and Jack Stands

If your fledgling mechanic will be working underneath a vehicle, make sure they get it done as safely as possible with a quality jack and a set of jack stands. A low-profile floor jack will fit under most modern automobiles, and jack stands provide safe support during the repair.

5. Wrenches

Sockets are great, but they don’t always fit into tight spots. A set of wrenches—crescent on one end and closed on the other—can get the job done where ratchets can’t. Again, it’s important to snag a range of both SAE and metric sizes to cover all possible bolts, nuts and screws on a given project.

Check out our tools and equipment available on or trust one of our 600 NAPA AUTOPRO shops for your car routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on tool kits, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA Auto Parts store.

By Benjamin Hunting

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