Banner Top 3 things to consider before buying a car lift

There are many lift options available out there. So how do you narrow your search to Car Lifts that meet your specific business needs? First, you will need to understand the limitations of your shop or garage. You might want to ask these questions to yourself:

  • What type of vehicles do you typically service?
  • Would you like to expand the types of vehicles or services?
  • Is there height or floor space restrictions in your shop?
  • How much money do you want to spend?

After answering the above questions now, the real question is How to pick the model and manufacturer. Amsan has the tools to narrow your search by first giving you three factors to consider before choosing a supplier that can meet your needs. Then you can browse our options for the best car lift for your shop and home garage. We have great selections for car lifts, including above-groundin-ground, heavy-duty lifts, and tire service equipment.


Knowing about your garage dimensions and floor condition is extremely important before buying a car lift. Safety is also a critical factor in this decision so when you are thinking about installing a car lift it is crucial that you have enough space not just for the lift but for a space around the lift so you can work safely on the vehicle.

Answering these questions will help you make the right decision,

  • How big should a garage be for a car lift?
  • How tall does a garage have to be to install a lift?
  • How much space does an auto lift need?

You should start drawing a scale of your garage with sizes (see below mock-up image) – this will not only direct you to get the correct model of the car lift but also help you spot the perfect location of the lift. Other factors that you should consider weight of the vehicles to be parked and the space you need remaining for other ventures.


Another thing you need to consider is the location of the lift. For this, you will need to know what type of concrete floor exists in your garage. Amsan hoists require a minimum thickness of 7 inches and 3000 PSI in order for car lifts to be installed safely and securely. Also makes sure the concrete is in good condition and free of large cracks. In case you don’t know about your concrete type then you should call a local concrete contracting company to verify the type of concrete on your garage floor. If you don’t want to touch your garage floor and need a lift just to store one vehicle over another then you have the option to get our 4-post lift (AM-FPL9). In this model, you don’t have to bolt down on the floor.


Knowledge about car lift features is also very critical for buying a car lift. Some of the important features that you need to consider during your 2 post-car hoist searches are clear floor and floor plate models, symmetric and asymmetric models, single-point safety release capabilities as opposed to dual-point safety release system, where mechanics will have to walk over to another post to disengage the safety locks.

Some of the important features that you need to consider during your search for 4 post car lift are, the capability of being free-standing, especially for hobbyists who want these features for convenience, a laddered safety system where locks engage at every 4 inches or so, single point safety release capabilities as opposed to dual point safety release system, where mechanics will have to walk over to other post to disengage the safety locks.


Buying a car lift is just the beginning of your project. From installation to regular maintenance, your lift needs support. This should be an important factor in decision-making. At Amsan we stand behind our product. We carry all the common repair parts for our product. When your lift is down we have the parts to fix it.

At Amsan we can arrange for your new lift to be installed professionally upon request.

We have access to a large network of verified third-party lift installers all across Canada. The cost varies based on your circumstances. Simply get in touch with our team at 1 888 970 0508 to obtain a quote.

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