A car tool kit is a handy set of tools you carry in your car to handle routine repairs and to be available when you need them while traveling.  It’s different from an emergency car tool kit which often contains emergency equipment like jumper cables, an air compressor, flares, a flashlight, and a first aid kit.  There is no hard and fast definition of either toolkit, so you will find that just about every combination of tools you can think of is available.  A car tool kit can be paired with an emergency toolkit to provide the best preparedness for any situation.

Car Tool Kit Wilmar Performance Tool W1193 119-Piece Multi-Use Tool Set Under Hood ViewWhat should you look for in a car tool kit?

Quality Tools

You don’t need a car tool kit until you need it.  When you need it, it should be handy and it needs to perform.  Buying flimsy pliers or ratchets that could corrode or break is just asking for trouble.  Make sure you buy durable automotive tools with a good warranty that are heat-treated for strength and chrome-plated for long-lasting corrosion-resistance.

 

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Carrying Case

The last thing you want is a situation where mechanics tools are everywhere in your car.  A car tool kit needs to come in some sort of organizational carry case.  Carrying cases come in a variety of styles.  Some are hard-sided, blow-molded plastic which is durable.  Some have specific locations for all the car tools so it’s less likely that you will lose one by the side of the road.  Some are soft-sided and roll up or fold up for easier stowing in your car.  There are pluses and minuses to all styles of cases, but no matter what, the most important thing is the tool quality and tool mix.  Choose the best toolkit that meets your needs and then take a look at the case to make sure it also meets your needs.

Car Tool Kit Wilmar Performance Tool W1193 119-Piece Multi-Use Tool SetTool Mix

Standard tools that you should expect to find in any car tool kit include an adjustable wrench, pliers (either slip-joint pliers or needle nose pliers or both), voltage tester, small flashlight, hex keys, both Phillips and blade screwdrivers, possibly a hammer, tire gauge, and electrical tape.

If you’re really looking to be MacGyver then some kits also come with cable ties, wire cutters, a spark plug socket, wire brush, string, mini hacksaw, a screw, nail, and washer set, measuring tape, knife, clamps,

Some car tool kits come with additional emergency gear like a mini air compressor, booster cables, life hammer, and emergency flag.

 

 

Tool Count

Tool count is an interesting number.  You would think that you could compare automotive toolsets based on tool count and the kit with the larger number would have more tools.  The fact is that Car Tool Kit Stalwart 75-HT1065 65-Piece Tool Kit Main Viewmanufacturers count everything in the kit as a tool so if there is a 50-piece set of hardware in there, they all count as tools.  The important thing is that you need to make sure the toolset has the tools for cars you want and not be as concerned with tool count.  Also, you shouldn’t pay more for a high tool count that includes inexpensive hardware.

Warranty

A long warranty says a lot about a manufacturer’s faith in their quality and workmanship.  Many car tool kits come with a limited lifetime warranty.

 

We searched tool forums, manufacturer sites, social media, retail sites, consumer sites, and customer review sites to find automotive toolkits that are both popular and highly rated.

 

Take a look at our list and see if one of these toolsets is the best toolkit for your needs!

 

#7 – Wilmar Performance Tool W1193 119 Piece Multi Use Home & Auto Tool Kit

Car Tool Kit Wilmar Performance Tool W1193 119-Piece Multi-Use Tool Set Main ViewIt was difficult to find a lot of details on the Wilmar Performance Tool W1193 119 Piece Multi Use Home & Auto Tool Kit, but it seems to be popular.  It includes at least a ratchet, SAE and metric sockets and accessories, pliers, a set of box wrenches, screwdrivers, and a bit driver and bits.  Beyond that from a picture of the kit it looks like it includes a DC wire stripper/cutter, wire cutters, needle nose pliers, an adjustable wrench, a wire tester, and a spark plug socket.  I wish I could give you more detail.  It comes in a heavy-duty, blow-molded, organizational storage case.

 

 

 

 

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#6 – Apollo Precision Tools DT9771 53-Piece Roadside Tool Kit

Apollo Precision ToolsCar Tool Kit Apollo Precision Tools DT9771 Roadside Tool Kit Main View makes a wide variety of toolkits including the popular Apollo Precision Tools DT9771 53-Piece Roadside Tool Kit.  It comes with just about every tool a driver would need to be prepared for roadside emergencies or repairs on a car, boat, or RV.  Its tool set is made from durable heat-treated, chrome-plated steel for long life and corrosion-resistance.  Some of its featured emergency tools include a mini air compressor and booster cables.  It all fits neatly in a lightweight, soft-sided organizational and storage bag that you can stow easily in your car.  The set comes with a limited lifetime warranty for peace of mind.

Car Tool Kit Tool Mix

  • 1 – Set 7-foot booster cables
  • 1 – Plastic flashlight
  • 1 – 8-inch adjustable wrench
  • 1 – Tire gauge
  • 1 – Voltage tester
  • 1 – Air compressor
  • 1 – Ratcheting bit driver
  • 10 – 1-inch screwdriver bits (Blade – 1/8, 5/32, 3/16, ¼ inch), Phillips (PH1, PH2, PH3), Pozidriv ( PZ1, PZ2, PZ3)
  • 10-  1-inch screwdriver bits (Torx – T10, T15, T0, T25, T27, T30), (Other- 1/8, 5/32, 3/16, ¼ inch)
  • 1 – Roll electrical tape
  • 1 – 7-inch wire brush
  • 1 – 6-inch slip-joint pliers
  • 1 – Life hammer
  • 20 – Cable ties
  • 1 – Length of nylon string
  • 1 – HELP flag

 

 

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#5 – Stalwart 75-HT1065 65-Piece Household Car & Office Tool Kit

Car Tool Kit Stalwart 75-HT1065 65-Piece Tool Kit Main ViewThe Stalwart 75-HT1065 65-Piece Household Car & Office Tool Kit has a nice assortment of tools that will be handy for basic repairs and minor emergencies at home, at the office or in your car.  In addition to tools, it features a small set of screw, washers, nails, and drywall anchors so you don’t have to search for them every time you need one.  It includes all the useful tools you need like precision screwdrivers, a mini hacksaw, hammer, pliers/cutters, an adjustable wrench, and much more.  It comes neatly packed in a sturdy protective, organizational case that measures 12.75L x 9.75W x 2.5H inches.

Tool Mix

  • 1 – 9 oz. hammer
  • 1 – 6.5-inch bull nose pliers/wire cutter
  • 1 – 8-inch adjustable wrench
  • 1 – 5-inch 100-500V voltage tester
  • 1 – Screw, nail, drywall anchor, and washer set
  • 1 – 5.75-inch flashlight
  • 1 – 9.5-inch mini hacksaw (6-inch blade)
  • 1 – 7-inch Phillips head screwdriver
  • 1 – 7-inch blade head screwdriver
  • 2 – 5-inch blade head precision screwdrivers
  • 2 – 5-inch Phillips head precision screwdrivers
  • 1 – 6-inch box cutter
  • 1 – 80-inch measuring tape
  • 8 – Metric hex keys (1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm)

 

 

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#4 – Wilmar Performance Tool W1532 107-piece Home & Auto Tool Set

Car Tool Kit Wilmar Performance Tool W1532 107-Piece Home and Auto Tool Set Case ViewIf you’re looking for a great general-purpose tool set that will do nicely as a car tool kit, then the Wilmar Performance Tool W1532 107-piece Home & Auto Tool Set is just the ticket.  Unfortunately, its tool count is misleading because it includes a 50-piece fastener set, but the price is still reasonable.  It features some tools that are less frequent in an auto tool kit like a 3/8-inch drive reversible ratchet and SAE and metric sockets. The 50-piece fastener assortment may come in handy but is not necessary to the value of the kit.  It all comes packed in a heavy-duty organizational storage case.

Tool Mix

  • Car Tool Kit Wilmar Performance Tool W1532 107-Piece Home and Auto Tool Set Tools View1 – 3/8-inch drive reversible ratchet
  • 1 – Set of SAE and metric sockets and accessories
  • 1 – Pliers
  • 1 – Set of wrenches
  • 1 – Bit driver hammer
  • 1 – Tape measure
  • 1 – Knife
  • 1 – Adjustable wrench
  • 1 – Set precisions screwdrivers
  • 1 – Set hex key wrenches
  • 1 – 50-piece fastener assortment

 

 

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#3 – Stalwart 75-HT1086 86-Piece Household Car & Office Tool Kit

Car Tool Kit Stalwart 75-HT1086 86-Piece Tool Kit Unrolled ViewOne of the more complete toolkits in our list the Stalwart 75-HT1086 86-Piece Household Car & Office Tool Kit has a couple of unique tool combos including a large bit driver set and a large ¼-inch socket set.  It comes in a compact roll-up bag that easily stows in your car and unrolls for easy visibility and access to tools.

Tool Mix

  • 2 – 4.5-inch blade head precision screwdrivers
  • 2 – 4.5-inch Phillips head precision screwdrivers
  • 1 – 6.5-inch bit driver
  • 8 – Phillips head bits
  • 7 – Blade head bits
  • 5 – Square bits
  • 5 – Hex bits
  • Car Tool Kit Stalwart 75-HT1086 86-Piece Tool Kit Bag View5 – Torx bits
  • 1 – 5-inch ¼-inch drive ratchet
  • 9 – ¼-inch drive SAE sockets (3/16″, 1/4″, 9/32″, 5/16″, 11/32″, 3/8″, 15/32″, 7/16″, 1/2″)
  • 9 – ¼-inch drive metric sockets (5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 13mm)
  • 1 – 7-oz. hammer
  • 1 – 10-foot measuring tape
  • 1 – 6-inch needle nose pliers
  • 1 – 6-inch adjustable wrench
  • 2 – 4-inch utility clamps
  • 1 – Screw and drywall anchor set
  • 10 – 8-inch zip ties
  • 1 – 6-inch utility scissors
  • 10 – SAE hex keys (1/16″, 5/64″, 3/32″, 7/64″, 1/8″, 9/64″, 5/32″, 3/16″, 7/32″, 1/4″)
  • 10 – Metric Hex Keys (1.27mm, 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm)

 

 

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#2- Apollo Precision Tools DT0101 64-Piece Travel & Automotive Tool Kit

Car Tool Kit Apollo Precision Tools DT0101 64-PieceAnother compact toolkit from Apollo Tools that can easily be stored in a car, boat, or RV, the Apollo Precision Tools DT0101 64-Piece Travel & Automotive Tool Kit features quality tools that all meet or exceed critical ANSI standards and are heat-treated and chrome plated for durability, long life, and corrosion-resistance.  This car tool set come with some unique features like two different size spark plug sockets and six hose clamps All the tools come neatly stored in a soft-sided, protective Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) case that measures 12.60W x 4.33D x 13.58L inches.

Tool Mix

  • 1 – Tire gauge
  • 1 – Length of nylon string
  • 1 – Roll electrical tape
  • 1 – Voltage tester
  • 1 – Plastic flashlight
  • 1 – 7-foot set of booster cables
  • Car Tool Kit Apollo Precision Tools DT0101 64-Piece Case View1 – Ratcheting bit driver
  • 1 – 7-inch wire brush
  • 1 – 6-inch long nose pliers
  • 1 – 3/8 x ¼-inch adapter
  • 1 – 6-inch adjustable wrench
  • 1 – 3/8-inch drive ratchet
  • 1 – 3/8-inch drive 5/8-inch spark plug socket
  • 1 – 3-inch ¼-inch drive socket extension bar
  • 1 – 3/8-inch drive 13/16-inch spark plug socket
  • 6 – Hose clamps
  • 12 – 1-inch bits (T15, T20, T25, T27, T30, H1/8″, H5/32″, H3/16″, H1/4″, PH1, PH2, PH3)
  • 12 – 1-inch bits (1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″, 1/4″, PH1, PH2, PH3, PZ0, PZ1, PZ2, PZ3)
  • 1 – ¼-inch adapter
  • 9 – ¼-inch drive SAE sockets (3/16″, 7/32″, 1/4″, 9/32″, 5/16″, 11/32″, 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″)
  • 1 – Life hammer

 

This set is also available in Pink as the Apollo Precision Tools DT0101P 64-Piece Travel and Automotive Tool Kit >>>

 

 

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#1 – Apollo Precision Tools DT9774 56-Piece Auto Tool Kit

Car Tool Kit Apollo Precision Tools DT9774 56-Piece Main ViewOne of three Apollo Tools kits on our list, the Apollo Precision Tools DT9774 56-Piece Auto Tool Kit is probably our favorite because of its compact size.  This toolkit for car has most tools you need and nothing you don’t all packed in a zippered case for easy storage pretty much anywhere in your vehicle.  Like all Apollo Tools these meet or exceed critical ANSI standards and are heat-treated and chrome-plated for long life, durability, and corrosion resistance Each tool is tested against industry standards for hardness, torque, finish and usability and should last a lifetime under normal use.

Tool Mix

  • 1 – Bit driver
  • 1 – Voltage tester
  • 1 – 6-inch slip-joint pliers
  • 1 – 3/8-inch drive ratchet
  • 1 – 3-inch 3/8-inch drive extension bar
  • 1 – 3/8-inch drive 5/8-inch sparkplug socket
  • 1 – 3/8 x ¼-inch adapter
  • 10 – Cable ties
  • 8 – SAE hex keys (1/16″, 5/64″, 3/32″, 1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″, 7/32″, 1/4″)
  • 4 – 3/8-inch drive sockets (3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″)
  • 7 – ¼-inch drive sockets with holder (5/32″, 3/16″, 7/32″,1/4″,3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″)
  • 10 – 1-inch bits (1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″, 1/4″, PH1, PH2, PH3, PZ1, PZ2, PZ3)
  • 10 – 1-inch bits (T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30, 1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″, 1/4″)

 

 

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