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5 Invaluable Tools You Should Always Have in Your Car

From jack stands to socket sets, here are the tools that I always have in my car. They'll get you out of a jam and possibly save your life.

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Seat Belt Cutter and Window Hammer

You don’t want to think about having to use either a seat belt cutter or a window hammer but should your car ever fall into water, these tools can help save your life. These are especially helpful for avid ice anglers, who run the risk of having their vehicle fall through thin ice. Check out our roadside emergency guide to further prepare yourself.

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Craftsman Socket Set

It can be hard to pick out the right socket set. Get a set with many socket sizes and be sure to familiarize yourself with the tools before storing the box in your car or garage. Check out this 42-piece set at Amazon or you can also check out the 20 things DIYers should always buy at Harbor Freight. 

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Jack

This jack is sleek and durable, ready to take on any job. This model passes the 2009 ASME PALD standard, which is the industry’s leading safety regulation for lifting equipment. The jack is great for all types of cars and ready to use. Check out these tips on buying a car jack and jack stands before making a decision.

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Heavy Duty Jumper Cables

Forney is one of the premium welded cables to depend on when in need of the best. Great for jumping your car from most places with its 25 feet of cable. You can even jump a vehicle if you park behind it. It works on most large trucks as well.

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Mirror And Magnet Set

A mirror and magnet set is your non-typical tool that is great for picking up screws and looking around the engines. This mirror and magnet set attaches quickly from magnet to mirror. The small size makes it easy to store, plus the magnets can hold their own. OTC claims the magnets can lift up to 8 pounds. Find out what all those symbols on your car’s dash really mean and what you need to do if one lights up.

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