Q: Why are common-sized wrenches more expensive on the tool truck? The price at the store is much cheaper.
A: It's up to you: convenience or price. There are a lot of fingers in the pie when it comes to selling you a wrench on the tool truck. And, the company's reputation — their name is on the product — is on the line. They want that part to last a lifetime in your tool box. (Great advertisement for them!) On the other side of the coin, the cheaper version at the retail stores, in most cases, have a lifetime warranty. There you have a quality range of different brand tools. But if something breaks, is it more convenient to call your tool rep for quick, personalized service or stop off at the store after work? The choice is yours.
Q: I have a friend who has a lift in their garage, at home. My employer charges me lift time when I fix my vehicle after hours. How can I do this?
A: First, make sure it's ok to have a lift in your home garage. If you live in a deed-restricted development, the association may frown upon you working on your ride. If it's ok, you need to investigate your options. There are many different types of lifts. What is the largest vehicle you expect to raise up? The lift capacity will be very important for this aspect. Will you be able to lift the vehicle above your head or will the ceiling prevent the full height being utilized? And, how much of the garage is that lift going to consume? Will you be able to store two cars in a two car garage? You need to get in touch with your tool rep or parts house to see what options are best for your needs. But, before you buy, think about this expense versus what your employer is charging. Is the cost worth it?
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ASE-certified technician Pam Oakes is the owner of Pam's Motor City Auto & Tire Center, an award-winning automotive service business in Fort Myers, Fla. She also is the author of the book series Car Care for the Clueless and hosts a daily radio talk show by the same name airing on various CBS Radio stations.