[Infographic] A Look Inside an Auto Mechanic’s Toolbox

Building up a good toolbox takes time. Most mechanics continue to buy tools throughout their automotive career as they replace old tools, buy specialized tools, or opt for a top-of-the-line version of a tool they use every day.

For many students starting out their auto mechanic training, choosing between the hundreds of different options available can be a bit intimidating. Is a ball peen hammer necessary? Which pliers are handy? Which socket sets should you invest in? While each mechanic will have a slightly different toolbox depending on the work they do, the types of cars they service, or their own personal preferences, there are a few standard tools found in every toolbox.

Which tools will you find in an auto mechanic’s toolbox? Here’s a look inside.


A Look Inside an Auto Mechanic’s Toolbox


A mechanic’s toolbox is an important investment in their career.

Many mechanics will invest thousands of dollars into their tools.

Student tip: To save on costs, students can buy second-hand tools online, or borrow tools from a friend or family member.

Popular tool brands include:

  • DeWalt
  • Mastercraft
  • Mac Tools
  • Craftsman

Some tools can cost as little as a few dollars. Others can cost upwards of $200.

Which Tools Are Inside a Mechanic’s Toolbox?


  • Long nose pliers
  • Vise Grip pliers
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers


  • Phillips screwdrivers
  • Standard screwdrivers
  • TORX screwdrivers


  • Combination wrench set in SAE and metric
  • Flare nut wrench set in SAE and metric
  • Adjustable wrench


  • Rubber mallet
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Dead blow soft face hammer

Ratchet and socket sets:

  • 1/4” ratchet
  • 1/4″ extensions
  • 1/4″ socket set in SAE and metric
  • 1/4″ deep socket set in SAE and metric


  • 3/8” ratchet
  • 3/8” extensions
  • 3/8” socket set in SAE and metric
  • 3/8” deep socket set in SAE and metric
  • 3/8” spark plug sockets


  • 1/2″ ratchet
  • 1/2″ extensions
  • 1/2″ socket set in SAE and metric
  • 1/2″ deep socket set in SAE and metric

Air Tools:

  • Air Impact Wrenches
  • Air Ratchets
  • Impact socket sets in SAE and metric

Tools for Electrical Work:

  • Wire stripper
  • Multimeter
  • Code reader
  • Circuit tester
  • Remote starter switch

Miscellaneous Tools:

  • Hex Keys in SAE and metric
  • Files
  • Hook and pick set
  • Punch and Chisel Set
  • Pry bar
  • Hacksaw
  • Torque wrench
  • Air chuck with gauge
  • Mechanic’s stethoscope
  • Inspection mirror
  • Telescoping magnet
  • Tape measure
  • Flashlight
  • Safety glasse



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