Opening a mechanic shop has been the dream of many of our customers. During the initial stages of planning many important questions arise. What is the essential equipment that’s needed?

What will that equipment cost? We have compiled a list of what is considered the most efficient and required start-up equipment, along with the necessary costs so that you can turn your dream into a reality.

Vehicle Lifts

These can cost you anywhere between $2,500 and $10,000 each, with installation costs.

Wheel Service Equipment

The bulk of your business will start with wheel service. You can expect to pay out at a minimum $3,000. At the higher end, with a balancer and other tire repair equipment, you could be looking at upwards of twenty thousand dollars.


Depending on what tools you start with, this can be the most expensive part of your start-up.

The typical garage starts out with anywhere between $10,000-$15,000 worth of tools and accessories such as oil change pans, wrenches, gauges, screwdrivers and all the other essentials.

Diagnostic Equipment

There is a variety of equipment available to help you pinpoint any problems that exist in a vehicle. These include tools for diagnosing electrical, computer or mechanical issues. You are looking at somewhere between five and ten thousand dollars.

Brake Lathes

Brake lathes will run you between six and seven thousand dollars.

Other Considerations

In addition to the tools and equipment, you will need to consider such expenses as building rent and utilities, wages for any additional workers and certifications and other permits.

These expenses will vary depending on where you set up shop. Your local small business association can help you with figuring out these costs.

Let Us Help

Contact us at Mechanic Outlet if your dream has always been to open a mechanic shop. We carry all the necessary equipment you need to stock your shop fully. Our products come from the most respected brands in the industry, and we offer everything at the lowest prices possible.

Our easy financing options can help you afford all the basics to get your mechanic shop up and running. Your success matters to us. Talk to one of our associates today and start your journey to creating your ideal auto mechanic shop.