Equipment Essentials – How to Shop Smart For A New Auto Lift
An auto lift may be one of the most important purchases that your shop or garage ever makes. With more and more people choosing to get their cars repaired nowadays (as opposed to buying something new), it’s incredibly important that every automotive repair business be prepared for whatever might come through the door—and this all begins with a high-quality auto lift.
But how do you know what to look for? What should you buy, and what should you avoid?
In this blog post, we’re going to talk about three different things to keep in mind as you shop for the right machine for you.
Make sure that your lift is ALI/ANSI Certified
When it comes to safety, ensuring that you’re lift is capable of performing day-to-day functions without incident is essential! But how can you know this for sure?
As it turns out, the ALI (Automotive Lift Institute) is credentialed by ANSI, and offers a third-party certification program for automotive lift products. Basically, they perform tests and make sure that the lift in question meets all appropriate standards for safety and reliability—and lifts that pass their inspection are awarded ALI and/or ANSI certification.
As a general rule, you should probably never buy a lift that isn’t certified by the ALI. Basically all reputable lift companies make sure that their lifts are certified in this manner, and buying only lifts with the ‘gold sticker’ will ensure that you’re buying into something safe and reliable.
Sometimes, it can be easy to make mistakes when estimating the amount of space that you actually have to work with in your garage. And when it comes to buying and installing a lift, it’s very important that you have enough space! Performing modifications or alterations to a lift can be costly, time-consuming, and sometimes impossible—so make sure that you measure, re-measure, and re-re-measure before ordering your lift. You should also check with the company that’s going to be installing it so that you can be sure that you’re measuring correctly and accounting for every possibility.
Look for a good warranty (preferably a life-time warranty)
It’s always a good sign when a company will guarantee their products for life—and when it comes to an automotive lift, this is definitely something to look for. Of course, if you’re looking to save some money, then you may come to realize that life-time warranties are a bit tougher to come by—so at least make sure that you’re getting as much protection as you can for as long as possible.
If you plan on using the lift for a commercial operation, then you may really want to consider getting something that’s guaranteed for life. It may cost you extra, but this extra is going to be well worth it if you end up developing serious problems years down the road.
In the end, remember that an automotive lift is a very standard and important piece of equipment. If this machine isn’t functioning properly, then you’re not going to be able to get much work done. And if you’re not going to be able to get work done, then you’re not going to make any money. If budgets and/or cash flow are limited, many automotive equipment sellers offer affordable payment plans. Equipment financing allows you to procure the equipment that is the best fit for your needs versus only purchasing the lift you can currently afford.
This could set you back and take earnings directly out of your pocket! This doesn’t mean that you have to buy the most expensive thing out there, but it does mean that you should put some serious thought and effort into the shopping process.