If you’ve been working as a mechanic for quite some time and you’re looking to take the next logical step, you might be wondering how you can set up your very own mechanics business.
Yet before you take the plunge and become one of the 4.25 million self-employed workers in the UK, there are a few things you need to consider. One is your equipment!
To get you started, here is some of the equipment you’ll need.
Why invest in equipment sooner rather than later?
Yes, you could probably make do with a few simple tools for a little while. But you’d be seriously harming your earning potential!
The sooner you invest in the necessary tools and equipment you need to get started, the sooner you can start working on more cars and start seeing some return on investment. This is especially important given the cost of living crisis.
What tools will you need?
To get started, you’ll need a range of automotive tools. Some of the main pieces of equipment you’ll use include a torque wrench, socket wrench, ratchet and spanner. To remove nuts and bolts from the cars you’re working on, you’ll also need a range of socket sets to ensure you have the right socket for the task.
- Vehicle lift
Unless you’re capable of lifting vehicles by hand, you’ll need specialist equipment that can allow you to work on the underside of the car. If you can’t afford a vehicle lift at the moment, you can always use car jacks until you can afford more expensive apparatus. However, these are generally deemed far less safe.
- Air compressor
An air compressor comes in handy for a range of things as a self-employed mechanic. As well as allowing you to refill tyres with air, good-quality air compressors can be used to operate some of your tools. For example, pneumatic hand tools and some auto lifts require air compressors to work.
- Engine hoist
If you’re going to be carrying out engine work or maintenance, you will need an engine hoist. A common tool in many repair shops, an engine hoist can be used to remove or install engines.
But that’s not all! As the engine hoist will take heavy loads, they can be used for anything that requires heavy lifting, making them a real back-saver in your shop!
Although you may be a competent mechanic, you need to consider a few things before starting your own garage. Before you can start making money from your business, you’ll need to invest in everything from wrenches and hand tools to air compressors and engine hoists to be profitable.
Although it may seem daunting at first, once you’ve got the right tools, running your business is a whole lot easier.