Maybe you’re opening a small car service garage. Or maybe you need a little more space to fit your project car and your other hobbies at home. Either way, you’ve found yourself in the market for a car lift. There are many factors to consider before investing in equipment for a small garage, but some of the most important are style, budget and safety. Here are our tips for first-time car lift buyers.
Determine Which Type to Buy
With limited shop space, you’ll want either a two-post or four-post lift. If this is your first time buying a car lift, and you have plenty of space, a 4 post lift may be the best choice. You can drive your car right onto a 4 post lift. They’re designed to carry more weight, which means this type is safer and easier to use. A 2 post lift requires more precision to use because it requires spotting the vehicle, but it gives more access to the wheels and bottom of the car for self-servicing.
Budget for a Reliable Lift
Buying a lift for your garage can get pricey, but you don’t want to cut corners. Going for the cheaper option can be detrimental to your safety and your car’s safety. You’ll want to find a car lift that has ALI certification and a good factory warranty. Doing a little research or asking a professional for advice will go a long way in helping you find the perfect lift for your garage.
Look for Safety Features
Your personal garage is often used by your whole family, so keeping it safe for your kids, pets or guests is a priority. You need space to comfortably move around, which a storage car lift can provide. You also need to make sure any machinery you install is making your garage more, not less, safe. With a long-term investment like this, you’ll want to make sure your lift is made to last.
Go for Professional Installation
Even if you’re a DIY master, car lifts have to be professionally installed. Their size alone makes them difficult to install without professional help. Before buying one, have an installer come out to inspect your garage to ensure that it’s properly set up to hold the weight. The concrete floor, for example, needs to be a certain thickness to safely support the car lift. There also needs to be the correct type of power supply to the garage to power the lift.
Car lifts come in many different shapes and sizes, and shopping for one can be difficult. Our team at Sunshine Equipment Solutions is here to help with your Orlando car lift needs. We sell, service and install quality automotive shop equipment. If you’re in the market, give us a call at 407-295-8113 or contact us online.