Here is one final word about how much to pay for your tools. All the tools above, if purchased new, should cost several hundred dollars. Add a rollaway tool box to keep them in and the total will exceed a thousand dollars. But they can pay you back in just a few repair jobs. If you buy quality tools, they will last longer than your cars—or even you. I still use some hand tools that were given to me by my father, and some of those were given to him by his father.
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David Koontz is a former publisher of Chilton. He enjoys writing in all genres — from technical to poetry. In addition to a few domestic vehicles, he has owned, repaired and rebuilt some intriguing imported cars from makes such as Alfa Romeo, BMW, Fiat, Jaguar, Merkur, MG and SAAB. David has spent most of his life in southern California and resides there with his wife, Donna.