Snap-On 9100GSO Apprentice Set
If you want the best and can't afford Snap-On's massive "complete tool set" you might want to consider their Apprentice Set. This tool set includes over 100 separate tools, giving you everything you'll need for common mechanics work. As a starter set, it's excellent and you can count on the tools in it lasting you the rest of your life. Of course, by then, you'll have added a lot to it, turning it into a much more massive collection of tools. The apprentice set includes 1/4 and 3/8 inch six point sockets with ratchets, as well as a full set of combination wrenches. These are SAE, so if you need Metric, you'll want to look for Snap-On's equivalent metric set. A goodly assortment of screwdrivers, pliers and other general hand tools rounds out the set, giving you enough to handle most common repair jobs.