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Must have tools for the car enthusiast

Whether you spend a few hours over a weekend or a few hours every evening working on your car, there are a few essentials that will make your life a lot easier. You don’t need to buy them all at once; add them to your wish list and let friends and family know! Here are our top ten essentials for your garage:

1. Trolley jack
A trolley jack can be used for any inspection job and is versatile as it can be used inside and out. Get a good quality trolley jack and check its weight bearing load.

2. Wrenches and spanners
A good selection of wrenches and spanners are a must. Ask around amongst family and friends to see if they have any that will add to your collection. Socket sets in both imperial and metric measurements are another essential.

3. Screwdrivers
A comprehensive collection of screwdrivers is useful for all sorts of jobs on your car. Get a selection of both flat-blade and cross-point screwdrivers and you will be prepared for any job that comes up.

4. Compressor
For any major restoration work, a compressor will speed up your work rate. Compressors power air tools such as an air drill and an air screwdriver and can also be used to supply air to paint sprayers.

5. Air tools
As previously mentioned, air tools will save you a lot of muscle power and time. As a minimum, get an air drill and an air screwdriver. Air powered sanders are also available and will be helpful in preparation of panels for painting.

6. Car Mover
When you are working in a confined space, it can be difficult to move your car around. Stringo make vehicle movers that are ergonomically designed to enable one person to move a vehicle easily and safely.

7. Tool chest
To keep your garage tidy and organised, get a tool chest. A tool chest will save you a great deal of time, as you will be able to find the correct tool for the job in hand quickly and easily.

8. Magnetic LED light
A magnetic LED lamp that will clamp to metallic surfaces makes every inspection job easy. LED lamps give a bright, white light that provides excellent illumination for your work.

9. Tyre pressure gauge
It may sound simple, but a cheap gadget such as a tyre pressure gauge can save you a lot of money. Making sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure will improve the way your car uses fuel and reduce the likelihood of accidents.

10. Pressure washer
A pressure washer is an excellent idea for speeding up cleaning your car. It will rapidly remove all loose dirt and you can then get on with polishing. Pressure washers can also be used for washing down your driveway and cleaning up exterior paintwork on the house and garage.

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How to Join a Car Club

Joining a car club is a great way to meet like-minded car enthusiasts and pick up tips, lessons and advice on buying, maintaining and enjoying your car. Follow these steps to join a car club:

1. Understand what you need
Before you go searching for a car club, understand what you truly need. Do you want a club where you can talk to others about the latest cars? Do you want to discuss performance modifications? Do you own and enjoy sports cars, or do you want to hang around with fellow city car enthusiasts?

There are clubs for virtually anything you are passionate about. Understand what you need, and the whole search will become a lot easier.

2. Understand the requirements
Every car club has different requirements for entry. Some are free for all – anyone and everyone is invited. Some give membership only to owners of a particular car model or brand. Some others are open only to owners of performance cars or racing enthusiasts. Before you start applying for membership, make sure that you understand the requirements thoroughly.

3. Start your search online
The best way to find a club in your area is to simple Google it. Start by searching for “car club + [your city]” to get some search ideas. From there, you can narrow down your search by requirements. For example, if you are want to join a sports car club in Liverpool, you would search for “Liverpool sports car club”.

4. Fulfill the requirements, and join
The final step is to fill out the application (this will vary from club to club), fulfill the requirements, and join the club!

You can now go ahead and discuss, learn and share all the things you are passionate about with your fellow club members.

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