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5 Must-Own Tools for Your Car

Nov 14, 2016

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Car trouble seems to occur at the most unexpected and inopportune times for most drivers. This, coupled with the fact that people tend to know very little about the mechanics of their vehicle, tends to lead to a disastrous result when faced with these issues. Although you can't be prepared for every single possible scenario, there are many tools out there that can come in handy when confronted with common car troubles. Here are the 5 tools that every vehicle owner should own!

Tire Jack and Stands - Blown out and flat tires are one of the most likely issues you may have to face while on the road. In order to address this problem, you'll need a jack to lift your car safely off the ground. This tool also comes in handy for any repairs that need attention underneath your car. Most cars are already equipped with this tool, but if yours isn't, look into buying a high-quality jack that is sturdy and safe to use.

Sockets and Wrenches - This is another necessary set of tools you'll need to fix any tire or steering wheel related issues. Lug wrenches are needed to remove any busted wheels while also giving you access to your brakes and suspension. Having a full set of different sized sockets will allow you to remove, replace and tighten any nut and bolt on your vehicle. These tools should also be included with your spare tire, but make sure that you have plenty of extra sockets just in case!

Jump Cables - Car batteries seem to die at the most random and inconvenient moments. Fortunately, this is a problem that's easily fixable if you have the key tool. Jump Cables are an extremely important appliance that can get you or a fellow driver out of a sticky situation. They're easy to use and deliver excellent results in a matter of minutes. Just remember to connect the red cables to the positive terminal and black to the negative terminal.

Tire Inflator/Sealer - If you're stuck with a flat tire without a spare then this is a great alternative short-term solution. This easy to use product pumps inflatable fluid into your leaky tire to give it the necessary inflation it needs for you to drive home or to the nearest repair station. You can purchase tire inflator at almost any store at a very affordable cost.

Flashlight - It takes a sharp clear eye to fix most of these automotive problems and most of the key components are located in dimly lit areas. Having a bright flashlight can help make your job a lot easier, especially if you're working on the side of the road at night. Make sure that you have a light that can either be mounted or one that straps onto your head so you can use both hands while working on a problem.

With the change of seasons, it's also a great time to make sure that all of your insurance needs are up-to-date. Give us a call to have an agent make sure that your auto insurance has the right amount of coverage for your family and your needs. We can also ensure that you are getting the best rate for your policy. You might even qualify for additional discounts, especially if you have your home insurance with us.