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Best Car Tools

Updated on October 22, 2011

Great Tools for Your Car

Most of us are not automotive mechanics, but we can still benefit from a few handy tools for our vehicles. Several simple and important tools stored in the car may keep us safer and help our transportation last longer. It's better to be safe by planning ahead than to wait until an emergency pops up.

Here are some bestselling tools that will benefit every amateur mechanic and anyone who drives a car. These fantastic items can be tucked away under the seat or stored in the trunk "just in case". Don't wait until the last minute to look for a gift for your favorite driver. You don't need to be an expert mechanic to pick out a simple car tool for someone on your gift list.

LifeHammer Orange Original Emergency Hammer

Most modern cars have power windows rather than the traditional hand-cranked windows. Power windows require electricity to open and close. In an emergency, when opening a window becomes more than just a convenience, the car battery may be dead or the electrical system may be disabled. It's a scary situation.

This amazing tool is designed to break a closed car window in case of an emergency. Sometimes the door won't open or the window won't go down: shattering a window is a small price to pay for the opportunity to escape from a dangerous situation. The hammer head is pointed. All your striking force is concentrated on a very small part of the glass, which makes the window much more likely to break.

It only weighs 49 ounces and it's easily stored under the driver's seat or in a door cubby. Keep it within quick reach so it's readily available in emergency conditions.

Duracell DPP-600HD Powerpack 600 Jump Starter & Emergency Power Source with Radio

When your battery dies, your car will not start. It's a scary situation. Batteries lose starting power over time and due to extremes in weather. Leaving your headlights on will also drain the battery, as most people know, but simply leaving the radio or even the interior lights on will also weaken your cat battery to the point where it doesn't have sufficient power to start the engine. This won't happen in a few minutes, but it will happen overnight. It's too easy to flip on an interior light, then walk into the house without turning it off. We've all done it. The next morning...

All we can do is drag out the jumper cables and beg someone to give us a 'jump'. The Duracell DPP-600HD Powerpack provides enough power to jump-start most engines, including 8-cylinder beasts in luxury vehicles. It also includes built-in jumper cables, so you won't have to purchase those separately.

Another great feature of this device is the electrical outlet that will power other devices. You can even listen to the built-in radio while waiting for help to arrive.

KR Tools 12609 Autoloader 6-in-1 Auto-Loading Classic and Precision Screwdriver Set

Virtually every mechanical device is put together with screws. Every mechanic, amateur or professional, needs a good set of screw drivers. This set of tools from KR offers a unique feature that stores a wide variety of steel bits in the handle. There's no need to carry 6 different screw drivers: simply swap the bits as needed. Swapping is easy and quick, making roadside repairs much more convenient.

Keep a set in the car trunk and also in the kitchen drawer for handy repairs.

KR Tools has been supplying quality hand tools and hardware for over 30 years. They are known and respected around the world.

Youngstown Glove 03-3450-80-L Waterproof Winter Plus Performance Glove

Gloves are a vital part of a tool kit. A good set of gloves provides protection from cuts and abrasions when working in tight areas. Gloves will also keep you warm in the event of a roadside breakdown in the dead of Winter. Mechanics gloves are also designed to enhance grip. A quality working glove is designed to let you pick up small items and securely grasp tools in order to get the job done faster. On top of all this, your hands won't get greasy and your 'good' gloves won't end up filthy.

The simple process of changing a flat tire can be very hard on your hands. Tires are filthy, for obvious reasons, and you'll need all the grip you can get your hands on.

These waterproof gloves are a perfect addition to any automotive emergency kit. Tuck a pair into the glove compartment of all your vehicles and order a pair for all your favorite drivers.

Stanley Consumer Storage 512100 12-Inch Tool Bag

Your car tools will get scattered and lost throughout your vehicle unless they are neatly packed together. This handy and durable tool bag carries your screw drivers, gloves, wrenches, flares, and other emergency gear. Everything you need is consolidated into a convenient portable carrying case that can be moved from car to car. Don't be without your tools and equipment because it took to long to find everything.

Stanley is a great company that has been manufacturing tools and accessories for over 150 years. They started in New Britain, Connecticut and are now part of the prestigious Black and Decker family of products.

Cobra 75WXST 40-Channel CB Radio

CB Radios offer entertainment, security, and valuable information to travelers. Truckers still use them: on long trips it's always fun just to talk to them or listen to their conversations. There's an emergency channel that is reserved for emergency assistance calls. There's even weather information (10 weather channels!) and traffic warnings.

Satellite radio isn't local: CB radio picks up information and conversations from 'the road'. You can stay in touch with drivers all around you instead of listening to recorded music from another part of the world. If you're traveling with a group of drivers, you can communicate between cars without cell-phone roaming charges and signal loss problems. A CB radio doesn't use cell-phone towers: the radio in your car broadcasts directly to the radio in other cars.

You don't need a license or special training to operate these radios. They are simple to use.

This CB radio is easy to mount and convenient to move between vehicles.


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    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @toknowinfo : Thanks!

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      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for this very valuable hub. I was just looking yesterday for a battery jump starter. Thanks for your insight and knowledge. This is a great hub. Rated up and useful and shared on stumbleupon.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Tom Whitworth:We just want you to be safe!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      You gave wonderful suggestions for auto maintenance but for a klutz like I am I'd rather have a one year membership to AAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @drbj: YAHT (Yet Another Hub Topic) ...

      "Best Care for The Personal Mechanic in the Trunk"

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Excellent suggestions, nicomp. I store the best tool of all in my car trunk - the mechanic I recently kidnapped.


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