Can you install a car lift in a home garage?


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We wanted to address the most common customer questions and concerns about buying, installing and owning a car lift for a home garage in the UK and delve into the products and services that Concept Garage Equipment can offer to help with this.

What types of car lifts are suitable for home garages?

Various types of car lifts are available for home garages, each with its own advantages.  Two of the most common types are two-post lifts and four-post lifts.
  • Two-post lifts are a popular choice as they offer a space-saving design, allowing you to work on multiple areas of your vehicle, but when not in use the arms can be moved aside and the two posts do not take up too much floor space. Additionally, since two post lifts raise the chassis of the car, you gain easy access to the wheels, brakes and suspension with no additional lifting device required.
  • Four-post lifts, on the other hand, provide additional stability and are ideal for longer-term storage as well as when you need to raise the entire vehicle to work on it. However, to work on wheels, brakes and suspension may require the addition of a jacking beam to raise the wheels above the 4 post lift platforms to access these.
Of course, selecting the right type of car lift for you or your customer depends on your specific needs, the vehicles intended to work on or store, and the space and height available in the garage.

Are car lifts suitable for all vehicle types and sizes?

Car lifts are designed to accommodate various vehicle types and sizes. Whether you own a small hatchback, a classic car, an SUV, or even a light commercial vehicle, there are car lifts available to suit your needs. For commercial garages, lifts are classed as follows: Most commonly for home garages, we see Class 4, and occasionally Class 7 lifts being installed to work on passenger cars or for storage of the owner’s vehicles. Concept Garage Equipment offers a wide range of car lifts for all classes of vehicle, with different weight capacities, footprint and platform sizes, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of vehicles, so talk to us about what you’d like to achieve and we can recommend the best lift for your home garage setup.

Can car lifts be used for storage purposes?

Yes, car lifts can be used for storage purposes, and we would recommend four-post lifts for longer-term storage or storage of heavier cars. They provide stable locking platforms for raising and storing your vehicle, freeing up floor space in your garage. This is particularly useful if you have multiple vehicles or limited parking space. Concept Garage Equipment offers four-post lifts that are particularly suitable for storage applications, ensuring the vehicle remains securely elevated for extended periods if necessary.

Lifts maintenance

Before, during, and particularly after a long period of not being used, all lifts need to be checked to ensure no damage has been done, and that all parts are operating properly before using the lift to raise or lower a vehicle, this helps to ensure the lift is being maintained correctly and also helps address any safety concerns before they ever become an issue.  When dealing with industrial-strength machinery and heavy objects we always put safety first! If you need help with the maintenance or repair of a garage lift, let Concept Garage Equipment know as we can advise and help with this.

Can you put a car lift in a normal garage?

Yes, it is possible to put a car lift in a normal home garage, however, there are a few considerations before considering installing a car lift in a normal residential garage.
  • Doors: many modern homes are built with small garage doors, so you need to ensure that the vehicles you plan to lift will fit into the doors of the garage.
  • Space: Depending on the type of car lift you would like to install will depend on the amount of space required to do so. Obviously, the footprint of a 2-post lift is substantially smaller than that of a 4-post lift when not in use, but taking into account the size of the cars you may be working on or storing, the overall size once lifted will need to be accounted for, as well as ample room to move around the lift columns.
  • Floor: the type, quality and depth of the floor are critical when installing a 2-post or 4-post car lift, as this offers the firm base to which the lift will be bolted down.
  • Height: you will need to ensure that the garage you intend to install the home car lift is of a suitable height to accommodate both the lift itself and the additional height of the car when sat on the lift arms or platforms. Generally, you would need a ceiling height of at least 11 feet, however, there are some exceptions to this, which we can discuss with you.

Read more about car lifts for home garages

You can read our full blog post about this with a lot more information about the installation of car lifts for home garage use here:

Discuss your Home Garage Lift with Concept Garage Equipment Today

Whether you require a two-post lift for efficient repairs and space-saving or a four-post lift for convenient robust vehicle storage, Concept Garage Equipment has you covered as a leading trusted name in the UK garage equipment market. We can offer helpful free advice, supply, install and train you in the use of your home garage car lift and will always be on hand to maintain, service or repair the lift in future. We can offer you advice over the phone at 0113 469 0572, and we have all types of vehicle lifts for sale online and over the phone, including delivery, installation and training in the correct use of the lifting equipment and can offer complete project management of your lift installation, removing all your headaches along the way.  Call us today on 0113 469 0572 we are always happy to help.