How Much Does a Used Auto Lift Cost?
A used auto lift can be a great deal or a total nightmare. It's important to take the following into consideration when you wish to double your parking capacity in your garage or shop. Do your research thoroughly ahead of time and be sure to think about the following:
- Zero warranty from the manufacturer on used lifts can leave you with expensive repairs down the road.
- Expect to pay twice the labor as the used lift has to be disassembled and transported to its new location and then reassembled.
- How much is your peace of mind worth to you? If you don't know the history of the used lift, will you ever feel totally comfortable relying on it? Do you truly know the number of lift cycles this model has previously undergone?
- Greater potential for missing pieces due to being disassembled, packed up, transported to new location and undergoing reassembly.
- Potentially more downtime due to the increased need for replacement parts. If your parts are difficult to track down or out of stock, your lift could be down for extended periods of time which could negatively impact your business.
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Common Replacement Parts for Used Auto Lifts
Knowing what you are getting into is the key to determining if this lift is a good deal or whether or not everyone will be safe operating it. These machines undergo extreme wear and tear. They are responsible for holding up to 8000 to 9000lbs overhead and are often exposed to the numerous oils, lubricants and chemicals found in a garage. Popular items that show wear and tear the most along with their replacement costs include:
- Leaking Hydraulic Cylinder $375
- Power Unit $750
- Cables $100
- Sheaves $95
- Anchor Bolts and Shims $50
- Slider Blocks $225
- Foot Pad Assemblies $145
- Arm Restraints $195
These costs do not include installation. As you can see, purchasing a used lift can be a great investment if it is ALI or Automotive Lift Institute approved and the aforementioned items are in great shape. However, if these items are in need of immediate replacement, do the math and estimate if used is still your best bet. If you want to see what is available in your area, simply fill out our request for quote form to receive quotes from used automotive lift dealers in your vicinity.
Measure Your Brains Out
Yeah, you read that right...measure your garage, then measure again later. Ask a buddy, neighbor or coworker to measure as well and compare numbers. You wouldn't believe how many times an over zealous customer is unable to install their garage lift due to a few silly centimeters. Talk about frustrating. Know your shop and how much room you will require around the lift for tools and man power prior to ordering your model.
As long as you purchase from a reputable dealer and have it professionally installed, your garage lift should meet all of your needs if you shopped correctly in the first place. Even though many buyers are capable of installing the lift themselves, check into all the facts with your insurance, inspectors and warranty to see if professional installation is required for coverage.