Taking your car to the shop for regular service is always easier, but adding a few at-home vehicle maintenance practices to your chore list can be a great way to save money. If you want to start exploring the exciting world under the hood of your car, you’ll need the right tools. Establishing your own vehicle maintenance toolkit is easy and cost-effective; just start with these few essential items:
Ever wonder how the mechanic knows what’s wrong with your car when the check engine light turns on? They plug in a code reader! Some code readers can cost thousands of dollars, but a normal, reliable code reader costs as little as $50.
Jack & Jack Stands
Whether you’re changing oil or replacing a tire, you will need to elevate your car a bit off the ground. You can get a combination jack and jack stand from home improvement retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s for approximately $150.
Wrenches, Sockets, & Screwdriver Sets
Almost every at-home vehicle maintenance you will perform will call for a wrench, a socket, and/or a screwdriver. Ready-made sets can be purchased at home improvement retailers, auto shops, or online. To obtain a decent set of each of these items, be prepared to spend a total of $80.
When it’s time to turn to an automotive expert, give our experienced service technicians at Greenway CDJR a call to set up a maintenance appointment. We’re always happy to help!