When it comes to opening your own auto body repair business, there are a few tools you’re going to need to be able to stand up against everyone else. There are four things you need in your shop to efficiently do any job that comes your way. Here’s what you need.

Air Compressor
Many customers will come to an auto body shop to have their vehicle painted. If you plan on offering that service, you’re going to need an air compressor. An air compressor will help you paint anything, no matter the size, in the most efficient way. You can make tiny touch-ups with the tool, or paint an entire minivan. You can also use the compressed air piping for other tasks around your shop like cleaning up and pumping air into tires. An air compressor is a multi-use tool that you will have for many years to come. Plus, smaller compressors use pretty low energy. In fact, energy audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy suggest that over 50% of compressed air systems at small to medium-sized industrial facilities have low-cost energy conservation opportunities.

Dual Action Sander
An absolute must-have for an auto body shop is a dual action sander. You’re going to save a lot of time and effort with the use of this tool. It can help you sand and shape the body of a vehicle, which is a highly requested task for money auto repair shops. These sanders can cost anywhere from $50 to $175. 

Auto Body Hammer and Dolly Set
Did you know that there are different hammers for different jobs in the auto body world? If you weren’t aware of this, you need to get yourself an auto body hammer and dolly set ASAP. Sets like these will typically last the owner of a lifetime, so you’re not going to have to worry about buying a new case every couple years or so. If you choose to buy hammers with wooden handles, you’re probably going to have to replace the handles every few years. However, the handles are the only part of the tool you’re going to need to replace.

Sanding Blocks
After you buy your sander, you’re going to need sanding blocks. These tools are crucial when doing any auto repair. You’re going to need to use them when you’re buffing, shaping body filler, or color sanding. You also need them to help you cut high spots and to help you determine where the low spots are in your body work. They are a very affordable tool, so you can find one that will be within your budget.

When starting your own auto body shop, you’re probably going to be face up against a lot of competition. But, as long as you’re prepared and have all of the necessary tools as listed above, you have a good chance of being the hottest shop on the block.

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