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It’s very likely that your DIY car-repair projects won’t always take place in the comfort of your own garage. In situations like this, a mobile workshop toolbox will come in pretty handy.

A mobile workshop toolbox is a kit that contains the tools you’ll need to tackle repair projects when you’re away from home. This tool kit can be an essential companion if you’re helping out with a DIY car-restoration project at a buddy’s garage. You can also take this toolbox with you on road trips to make sure you’re prepared to handle any breakdowns that may occur along the way.

So, which tools should you include in this on-the-go kit? Below, we’ll offer a few suggestions.

Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver

Using the wrong type of screwdriver can damage a screw, so make sure you have more than one size on hand to tackle the job. A multi-bit ratcheting screwdriver gives you the versatility you need to handle a wide range of projects. These tools come with assorted Phillips and standard screwdriver heads and a single ratchet handle, so they’re less bulky and easier to carry than a full screwdriver kit. Many come with magnetized bit storage systems that allow you to keep track of the screwdriver heads.


If you’re doing any type of electrical work on your car, you’ll likely need a good pair of pliers. The tool is an essential piece of equipment if you’re installing new headlights or replacing your car’s stereo head unit. Include a couple of different sizes in your kit to make sure you have the right tool for the task.

Socket Set

A socket attaches to a wrench or a ratchet, and it helps you easily fasten a nut or bolt. Sockets are essential tools to have in a garage. Including a socket set in your tool kit will give you the equipment you need to sail through a wide range of repair tasks.

Wrench Set

You’ll need the right wrench to handle many different types of DIY repairs. Make sure you’re ideally equipped by adding a wrench set to your mobile workshop toolbox. Include an impact wrench in this set, since this tool can save time when removing nuts and bolts.

Dead Blow Mallet

A stuck bolt can slow down your project or bring it to a screeching halt. A dead blow mallet can be a lifesaver in this situation. A few taps from this tool will loosen even the most non-cooperative bolts.

Portable Work Light

Adequate lighting is a must for all types of repair projects. A portable work light will provide you with the illumination you need to brilliantly save the day when faced with automotive challenges.

Digital Multimeter

Want to check if you’ve got a hot wire? A digital multimeter will help. This tool is essential for troubleshooting issues related to your car’s electrical circuitry.

Electrical Tape

Electrical tape has an almost endless number of applications. It’s especially valuable when you need something to shield exposed wiring.

Completing a DIY project on a car can be a satisfying and rewarding experience. By stocking your on-the-go kit with the tools listed above, you’ll have the equipment you need to get the job done when you’re away from home.

Check out all the tool bags available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on how to stock a mobile workshop toolbox, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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