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So I want to do work on my car, to get started I am thinking about the tools I would need to buy.

I am thinking I will need a good floor jack and Axel Stands.

Beyond that, what is recommended as the essential items to have for doing work at home in the garage.

Some of the jobs I am thinking of doing are CV boot/maybe axel replacement; coil over install; fluid flushes etc. The idea being that I can learn and save money at the same time. I have a friend that already does a lot of work on his car, so i should hopefully be able to get a little help from time to time on jobs.
 

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Get the following:

A set of Rhino Ramps - http://www.amazon.com/RhinoGear-119...F8&qid=1443389356&sr=1-1&keywords=rhino+ramps
A set of XZN Triple Square Bits - Amazon.com: ATD Tools 13782 10-Piece Triple Square Spline Bit Socket Set: Automotive
A low cost multimeter. Do not go too cheap and get one that Auto Ranges - http://www.amazon.com/Mastech-Auto-...3389286&sr=1-1&keywords=multimeter+auto+range
A decent test light - http://www.amazon.com/ATD-5513-Heav...TF8&qid=1443389224&sr=1-1&keywords=test+light
An inspection mirror
A magnetic pick up tool
An OBDII smart phone/tablet and interface.
A few plastic funnels and a oil drain pan of some sort.

Get an OBDII smart phone/tablet App and interface, typically $30 or less. These Apps are usually best for driveability issues and they support Emission Readiness Monitor Status, Freeze Frame and Live/Realtime data. They are also great for Logging data for review after the car has been driven and can really help find unusual problems. Logging is very helpful for the less technical to pass date on for more advanced users to offer comments.

Android - OBDFusion formerly known as Touch Scan for approximately $5.00 and ELM327 OBDII to Bluetooth interface.

iProduct - OBD Fusion for $9.99 and ELM327 OBDII to Wifi interface.

Some people prefer to have an extension cable to keep the interface away from their feet.

Something like these cables are often of interested:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ue&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=A13I33IUTGJ9BK

http://www.amazon.com/OBDII-Extensi...sbs_263_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=1D2JWFQ9HPSGWZ2SB34Q

I usually suggest getting the OBDII interfaces from Amazon if you are located in the US/North America or in your specific Region/Country. Make sure you choose an interface that indicates that the order will be "Fulfilled by Amazon" otherwise you may be waiting for WEEKS for an interface to arrive from Asia. Ebay is another option, but pay attention where the interface will be shipped from, again weeks for an interface from Asia, so if you can wait and want to try to save some money, go for it, but if you need an interface soon, choose wisely.
 

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Does the bumper cover clear these or do you still need planks to get on them like my metal ones?
I've not used Rhino Ramps, but we have a different set. They're pricey but we have a set of Race Ramps and they work great. My GTI is the same height as a Beetle and then also has a lip on the bumper so it could be tricky. But I've had 0 problems with the ramps. They are pretty long with a slight slope so scraping isn't a problem.
 

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Does the bumper cover clear these or do you still need planks to get on them like my metal ones?
You should not have any problems with the standard ramps, if you do, get a few 2"x6" sections and roll up on them before you hit the ramp.
 
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