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Building an Enthusiast’s Garage: 4 Must-Have Auto Equipment Pieces

The garage of a car enthusiast varies from being a simple space to a completely decked out automotive playroom. But if you’re planning to take your hobby to the next level, consider investing in some additional equipment and tools.

Choose functional upgrades, of course. But apart from the obvious additions such as vehicle lifts and air compressors, you’ll also want some less noticeable upgrades, like better lighting and garage floor tiles.

Below are some pieces of equipment every car enthusiast needs in their garage:

Vehicle Lift

You’ll need to get under vehicles to perform diagnostics, inspection, and repairs. Crawling beneath an unlifted car is physically straining and it doesn’t offer as much visibility as you need. A lift will raise the car to a comfortable level, letting you service the underside properly.

Car lifts come in a variety of types and sizes, from two-post, four-post, scissor, and portable ones. Match your needs and the types of vehicles you have with the capacities of the lift model you choose.

Four-post home automotive lifts are the most popular option for repair shops and hobbyists. The lift isn’t anchored to the floor, so you can move it when it’s not in use. It’s still stable due to the additional support given by the four posts, even if it’s not set into the concrete. This lift is also useful for storage, allowing you to stack two cars in one spot.

Workbench with Vise

When you’re not working on the car itself, you’ll likely be tinkering with smaller components and parts on your workbench. Although a DIY wooden benchwork does the job, you’ll want a studier, metal one that can withstand heavy-duty tasks, such as hammering.

The vise will make your work easier by keeping objects stationary while you hammer, drill, or saw. Make sure the position of the vise aligns with your dominant hand.

Garage Floor Tiles

Most homeowners settle for unfinished concrete for their garage floor. But this isn’t the most efficient choice. First, it’s not aesthetically pleasing. Second, concrete is extremely absorbent. Paint, oil, and grease will easily seep into the floors and they’re difficult to remove.

Installing proper garage flooring makes the concrete spill- and stain-resistant. Plus, it gives additional protection from heavy impacts. Some textured tiles also offer better tire traction, making it easier to maneuver your car inside the garage.

Among the popular flooring options for garages are interlocking tiles. They’re easy to install, so you can do it yourself instead of hiring a professional.

Garage Lighting

Garage interior

Finally, lighting is one way to add personality to your garage while making it a more conducive environment for working. Overhead fluorescent fixtures are a common, affordable lighting choice for car enthusiasts.

If you’ll be spending time at your workbench, some directional task lights are also helpful. Mount them on the wall or ceiling overlooking your work area.

Some other equipment pieces to consider include a brake lathe, engine hoist, battery charger, and jumper. Remember to invest in high-quality items. These will last longer and will give you your money’s worth. Keep an eye on price-drop sales and discounts, so you can get what you need for better prices.

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