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What tools are required?

What tools are required to start your own mechanic shop ? And how much money should I have to start with?

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Ross’s Answer

For automotive, usually the shop covers scan tools and any specialized tools like pullers and such. For heavy duty its not uncommon for shops to supply 3/4 and 1 inch tools such as impact socks, hub sockets, and impacts. Starting out small, I'd personally start out with a service truck and do roadside repairs or contract work. Start up cost are much less than buying a location and it gives you more time to figure out where you'd like a location and what field you'd service.
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Buvanesh’s Answer

From my experience, here's a friendly guide to what you might need to set up your mechanic shop.

First things first, you'll need a good location. Think about a space with around 5000 sq. ft of covered area for your shop, plus some open areas for parking and moving around.

1. Start with some heavy-duty equipment like hydraulic lifts, jacks, and yard transport trolleys.

2. Don't forget about utilities! You'll need electricity, a generator set, an air compressor, water supply, work mats, tarpaulins

3. You'll also need some handy tools like bench vises, files, hand saws, power saws, sandpaper, water spray guns, and electric tools like motorized cutting and grinding wheels.


4. A full set of hardware tools is a must. This includes open end and ring spanners, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, pullers, steel ropes, and other ropes.

5. Stock up on engine oils, lube oils, greases, and gear oils. You'll need plenty of these.

6. Plan for a variety of auto spares. The specifics will depend on what you'll be working on most, but consider spare belts, seals, rubbers, beads, gaskets, fasteners, and so on.

7. And last but not least, you'll need a team of workers to help with day-to-day tasks.

Remember, this is just a starting point. Depending on the size of your shop, you might need more items. But this list should give you a good head start!
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