FAQs

How do I know which car lift to buy?

This is a common question our customers ask when looking to purchase an automotive lift. They are usually deciding between a 2 post lift or a 4 post lift. The main factor to consider when deciding on your lift purchase is "What am I using this lift for"?

To help with your purchase decision, we have highlighted below a few questions to ask yourself?

If storing a car for portability sounds like the task you are most likely to be using a lift for, then the 4 post lift is highly recommended. It is able to support an entire car or truck much easier than a 2 post lift. They are more like a bed being able to support the entire vehicle. They are designed for portability, and most come with a caster kit. Not only is the 4 post lift portable with the use of the casters, but you can also permanently anchor the lift to your floor if you choose. As for power, they generally feature a 110 volt motor and easy installation because no special wiring is required.

If repair and maintenance is what you are looking to do with your lift, then the 2 post lift is for you. The 2 post car lifts are the most inexpensive lift for raising vehicles with heavy weights, whereas the 4 post lifts require an auxiliary lift at an extra cost. To free up wheels, these lifts allows you to have access to all parts of the vehicle for repairs and service including easy access to your wheels. The 2 post modes will raise your car higher in a low ceiling garage. If you have a 10 foot ceiling, it will raise most vehicles to about 4-1/2 feet off the ground. Not as portable as the 4 post, the 2 post MUST be anchored to the ground. And, as for power, they come with a 220 volt single phase motor.

 

A Few Questions to Consider When Buying a Car Lift

When making any type of big decision, you have to weigh in on all the pros and cons. Buying a car lift is no different. If you are a home owner or commercial business, assessing what automotive lift best suits your needs will help with your purchasing decision. Below you will find four basic, but essential, questions you need to ask yourself when considering buying a car lift. You will be able to find the answers to these questions by taking a look at the features and specifications of the lift you are considering.

  1. What are the ceiling height measurements of the area where you are looking to install the car lift? (It is very important to know the ceiling height specifications of any lift you are considering)
  2. What is the weight of the vehicles you will be lifting with the car lifts? (Different types of automobiles have different weights)
  3. What are the differnet types of vehicles you will be lifting; cars only, trucks only, or a combination of both?
  4. What type of work or usage will you be doing on the vehicles; oil changes, tire rotations, engine work, etc.?

We hope this information helps when deciding on purchasing a car lift. As always, Affordable Automotive Equipment, Inc. sales team is here to answer any questions you may have. You can give us a call at 1-800-226-2035 or contact us by email using our contact form.
 

Q.
Why is yours so much less money?
A.
Our Network of Distributors consist of some of the largest lift Distribution in the US. We were hand picked according to location, as we must buy in large loads at a time thus reducing costs and freight. We are experienced enough to be able to promote and sell quantity. We are also equipped for tech support and service -  you might ask yourself why the others are priced so high.
 
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How do I get my lift?
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There are three ways of receiving your lift:
1. Pick up here at our Orlando warehouse where we will load your lift with our forklifts.
2. Have us deliver it to you if you are within a 100 mile radius of Orlando.
3. We can have it shipped to you via common carrier. Due to our large volume you would receive a very competitive rate as we have been able to obtain a large discount from the carrier. Please be aware that you are responsible for the off loading of your lift.

 

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How do I off load lift if it is shipped common carrier?
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If you are not able to have your lift shipped to a location which can off load it you can pick it up at the trucking terminal nearest you. This way they will load it for you. We would make these arrangements for you. Lift gates are not able to be used for 2 and 4 post lifts. Remember you are responsible for off loading.
 
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What are the difficulties of assembly?
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On all of the products you will receive an installation manual and we will be happy to answer any questions that might arise simply by calling our toll free number, (800) 226-2035.
 
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What power requirements are needed?
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On motorcycle lifts they are air operated. On 8,000 lb. 4 post lifts, 110 volt is needed. On 2 post lifts, 220 volt is needed.
 
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What is the warranty on lifts?
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On the 2 post and 8000 lb. 4 post lifts warranty is 1 year on parts including 1 year on motor and hydraulics. On the motorcycle lifts, the warranty is 1 year.
 
Q.
What comes with my lift?
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With the 8,000 lb. lift you will receive 1 set of casters and 1 Metal Sliding Jack Tray. With the motorcycle lifts you will receive the front vise. With the 2 post lifts you will receive the truck and van extensions and 3/4 X 5 log bolts.
 
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What is the Parts Availability?

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As we have been a full line lift distributor for 20 years, we stock most components of lifts for quick response should you need something.
 
Q.
Have you ever had one of these lifts fall?
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No - That sounds like something a competitor would say to convince you to spend more money on their lift.
 
Q.
Can I pick up at your warehouse?
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Yes, Monday - Friday. 8:00am - 5:00pm. We will gladly load your trailer or truck with our forklifts.