Updated October 19, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Automotive Tool Sets

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in March of 2018. You don't have to be a professional mechanic to know just how useful a good automotive tool set can be. Complete with wrenches and sockets and other gear needed for the upkeep of vehicles of all kinds, they're perfect for car and truck owners who prefer to do their own maintenance. We've included sets suitable for basic jobs and some capable of handing more complex work. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best automotive tool set on Amazon.

10. Deko 168 Mixed

9. Apollo Tools SAE

8. Stanley 92-839 Black

7. WorkPro 408 Heavy-Duty

6. Kobalt 227 Standard/Metric

5. Craftsman 450 Piece

4. Stanley 201 Piece

3. Crescent General Purpose

2. DeWalt 205 Mechanics

1. Craftsman 50230

Special Honors

Snap-on Williams Mammoth Set Complete Putting over a thousand pieces at your disposal, the Snap-on Williams Mammoth Set Complete is quite large, indeed. The price is outside the budgets of many — we're talking five figures — but for the professional who earns a living by his tools or the businesswoman running a repair shop, it may be the right investment. www.snaponindustrialbrands.com

Editor's Notes

October 15, 2019:

Unlike regular tool kits, these automotive-specific sets have all you need for auto repair and little that's extraneous. There's one exception to this, however: the Deko 168 Mixed. This hefty version — we added it in place of the smaller Deko 128 — has plenty of tools that will help out in home repair, so it's a good choice for new home/car owners just starting to get their hands dirty. It's not made to tolerate a lot of abuse, though, so professionals will probably want to give it a pass. For pros, the DeWalt 205 Mechanics and the Crescent General Purpose remain top choices, and we've also selected the more robust Craftsman 50230 over the Craftsman 38165. The former has more pieces than the latter and is priced well for all it offers. Note that it, as well as many that are similar, requires that you pay close attention as you open the case. If you open it the wrong way, you could be picking up pieces for a while.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on October 19, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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