Best Car Lift Guide
Purchasing a new car lift is no small matter. Regardless of whether you’re a shop owner or you just love working on cars in your own garage, you deserve to get more than the best car lift for you--you deserve to have a pleasant time doing it. Just by following this simple car lift guide, you’re already well on your way towards having the best auto lift buying experience possible. Here’s a quick recap.
Do your homework
Get all the various measurements and stats you can BEFORE you start shopping around for a car lift. Knowing the dimensions of your work space, your vehicle’s weight class and what features are most important to you will keep you firmly on track.
Choose your lift type
There are at least nine different types of car lifts out there for you to consider. Each one comes with its own unique set of benefits. It’s important to match up the lift type to your capacity needs, your work area, the type of work you perform and the vehicles you work on. Taking all these factors into consideration will make your list of optimal car lift candidates get smaller and smaller, and your choice will be much simpler.
Know you’re safe
Car lifts and truck lifts are completely safe at any maximum rated capacity as long as they have the proper safety features, are regularly serviced, pass inspection and are operated properly. The fastest way to determine if a car lift is high-quality is to check to see if it is ALI / ETL certified.
We also gave you a list of different safety features. Compare the safety features built in to each car lift that you’re considering and you’ll know immediately which one you’ll feel the most comfortable working under.
Choosing your dealer
By now you’ve got the what--you know exactly what kind of lift you are in the market for. Now it’s time to find out who you want to buy it from. Call around to find out what customer service is like from both the dealer and the manufacturer. Know before hand who will be handling your installation and future service. If you get a bad feeling about someone, don’t buy your car lift from them. It’s that simple.
Cost vs. price
Getting the best deal will be completely determined in the long run by how much time, effort and headaches you avoid. Don’t be tempted by inferior products offered at a lower price. Pay what a safe, secure, high-quality auto lift is actually worth to you. Also, check to see what is included in the price, like warranty and shipping, you might just end up with a steal of a deal anyways.
- DON’T install your car lift on the edge of a concrete slab.
- DON’T forget about overhead clearance.
- DON’T forget about the cross bar on most two-post lift.
- DON’T be afraid to negotiate.
- DON'T attempt to raise more than the lift's rated capacity.
We hope you have found this car lift buyer’s guide to be helpful. Now, go forth and lift!