Doing More of Your Own Auto Repairs Lately? Five Must-have Tools for Your Garage

  Doing More of Your Own Auto Repairs Lately? Five Must-have Tools for Your

This holiday season suggests gifts to equip the veteran or aspiring

PR Newswire

CARSON, Calif., Dec. 14, 2012

CARSON, Calif., Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the Holidays just around
the corner, today released its list of the Top Five Must-have Tools
for Your Do It Yourself (DIY) Garage. As the trend of longer vehicle ownership
holds steady, many car owners are attempting their own DIY repairs. This
holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to give the gift of auto
repair so the experts at have put together a gift list to equip
veteran or aspiring DIYers' workspaces with must-have tools to maintain/repair
their vehicles. 

A troubled economy has spurred the trend of extended vehicle ownership. A
recent report from revealed that 60% surveyed drive vehicles with
over 100K miles. Two-thirds plan to drive their primary vehicle for over 150K
miles (or until it dies), and over half plan to rack up 75K more miles than on
their previous vehicle^1.

And this is helping to drive more car owners to DIY vehicle maintenance or
repairs, with many taking pride in doing so. According to the 2012
DIY Report, 91% of respondents who normally outsource their repair work, are
now open to performing their own basic repairs^2.

"Today's consumers are interested in the longevity of their vehicle, and more
conscientious than ever with repair costs," said Brian Hafer, VP of Marketing
for "With DIY car maintenance and repair a trend that appears to
be here to stay, the Top Five Must-have Tools for Your DIY Garage are a unique
gift idea - and with a range of costs, they can fit into almost any holiday
budget!" Top Five Must-have Tools for Your DIY Garage: 

1.Hydraulic Floor Jack and Jack Stands – A must have for any DIYer. A
    quality hydraulic floor jack and jack stand kit not only allows you to
    lift and secure your vehicle safely, but empowers you to complete auto
    repairs like replacing front brake pads and rotating the tires. Hydraulic
    floor jack and jack stand kits retail on average $80-$150.
2.OBD2 Code Reader – An invaluable diagnostic tool for both new and veteran
    DIYers. The OBD2 code reader pulls the diagnostic trouble codes for most
    cars, light trucks, and SUVs released after 1995 – providing the first
    step in troubleshooting a check engine light or drivability problem. Many
    models also include an Internet USB cable ensuring the product can be
    regularly updated, guaranteeing compatibility with newly released vehicles
    for years to come. OBD2 code readers retail on average $40-$80.
3.Digital Multi-meter (DMM) – A DMM is a hand-held device essential for
    troubleshooting electrical problems - useful for basicfaultfinding, the
    instrument can measure to a high degree of accuracy. As a bonus, DMM's can
    be used to troubleshoot electrical problems not only in vehicles, but in
    most basic electronic equipment,domestic appliances,power supplies, and
    wiring systems. DMM's retail on average $50-$100.
4.Vehicle Specific Repair Manual – Even veteran DIYers need to consult the
    books occasionally. A quality repair manual will provide vehicle specific
    troubleshooting and How-to Guides for your DIY project. At a little under
    $30 each, the manuals provide an in-depth look at specific areas of auto
    repair and include step-by-step procedures, enhanced photos,
    troubleshooting guides, electrical diagrams, and valuable short cuts.
    While these manuals are a nice addition to the bookshelf of the dedicated,
    or aspiring DIYer, provides many How-to Guides, Videos, and
    access to an Auto Answers forum - as well as an iPhone mobile app - all
    for the cost of typing in a url:, and these apps aren't as
    heavy as a manual. Plus, they're FREE.
5.Air Compressor – A simple yet essential tool for your DIY garage. An air
    compressor allows you to not only inflate vehicle (or bicycle) tires, but
    it will provide the power needed to operate pneumatic tools. As a bonus,
    some of these portable air compressors include a 12-volt battery pack for
    jumpstarting the car in the case of a dead battery. Portable air
    compressors average retail cost ranges $100-$200.

Other DIY workplace gift suggestions from's experts include a tool
chest, a torque wrench (to apply proper torque to nuts and bolts), a
mechanic's tool set, a shop light, a work bench with a vise, a first aid kit,
a fire extinguisher, and Personal Protective Equipment (safety glasses and

^1The survey was conducted online among nearly 4,000 car owners
from March 2012 – May 2012.

^2The 2012 DIY Report from was conducted online among over 11,000
car owners from November 2011 – January 2012.

About™ (, a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Auto Parts
Network, Inc., (Nasdaq: PRTS), is the most comprehensive and unbiased free
online automotive repair resource designed to empower car owners with the best
way to repair their vehicles. Backed by a team of automotive data specialists
and certified auto mechanics who are advocates for the car owner,
allows both car owners and DIYers to 1. Troubleshoot car problems, 2. Know how
much auto repairs should cost, 3. Understand the steps needed and the time it
should take with How-to Auto Repair guides, 4. Find the right local auto
repair shop at the right price for their issue, and 5. Get auto repair
questions answered by the community. was named Best
Automotive Website in the 8^th annual American Business Awards, also known as
the Stevie^® Awards. AutoMD Mobile is available for the iPhone at iTunes.

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Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, (424) 603-4340,
Angela Jacobson, mWEBB Communications, (714) 454-8776,


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