There are a lot of online tool sellers, from auction sites to big chains and everything in between. With so many options, how can you find the best DIY tools online? You know you want quality, reliability and to get what you pay for. Here are some tips on how to find the best.

Look for:

Trusted brands: It can be tempting to go for cheap, generic DIY products, but there is always the risk that the quality of your work will suffer. Using a trusted, quality brand means you can rely on your tools and get the job done faster and better. This doesn’t always mean spending big – many brands offer both professional and DIY ranges, such as Metabo, Bosch with its Blue and Green product lines. This means you can choose the DIY tool that’s right for you, and be sure of its quality.

Local sellers: When you buy tools in Australia, they are covered by Australian standards, which means you can count on a certain level of quality. Another thing to consider is shipping costs – often an Aussie seller can ship to you for less than an international one.

Authorised dealers and resellers: To make sure the manufacturer recognises product warranties, make sure you’re buying your tools from an authorised dealer or reseller. Be certain that the website states that it’s an authorised dealer for particular brands. Gasweld is an authorised dealer for Makita, Hitachi, Milwaukee, Toolex and Lincoln – and many, many more brands.

Price matching: These days, checking prices is as simple as going to a price comparison website. Many online retailers, including Gasweld, have a price matching guarantee, so you can be confident you’re getting a good deal.

Reviews: There are a number of product review and website review sites out there. While you sometimes need to take the reviews with a grain of salt, Australian-specific ones are useful to give you an idea of a website’s credibility. Both Australian and international product review websites can be good to get an idea of what people think of a tool before you buy it.

Return policies: When you’re buying DIY tools online, make sure you read the website’s returns policy. You need to make sure that if you receive something that’s faulty or damaged, you can return it and get a reimbursement or exchange.