Installing a Car Lift in Your City Centre Property: 3 Things to Consider

Posted on: 14 June 2017


If you have recently purchased a second vehicle and you have limited parking space in your city centre property, you may be trying to work out where to park it. Street parking can be an expensive solution. By installing a car lift in your existing garage, you can double the space available to you. However, before you go ahead and install a car lift in your garage, you should consider the following things.

The Floor Area

The first thing you should consider is if the floor space in your garage is large enough to accommodate a car lift. Although the main body of the car lift may fit inside the garage, it is also important that you ensure that there is enough room for the hydraulic jacks which will lift the vehicle. When assessing the floor area of the garage, you should also take into account any areas of dead space which cannot be usefully used and remove these from your calculations.

The Ceiling Height

The size and type of car lift you can install will be largely dictated by the existing garage space. Because a car lift works by elevating one vehicle so another can be stored directly beneath, you will first have to check the height of the garage. If the garage space is not tall enough, you will need to consider having your property redesigned and rebuilt to accommodate the car lift. It is also important that you consider the size of the vehicle you wish to park on the lift, as not all car lifts are suitable for all types of vehicle.

The Lifting Capacity of the Car Lift

There are a number of car lifts on the market which offer a range of lifting capacities. In simple terms, the lifting capacity is the max amount of weight which the lift can raise up safely. Before you install a new car lift, it is important that you establish the weight of every vehicle which may use it. If you try to park a car which is too heavy for the car lift, you could place your safety and the structural integrity of the garage at risk. If you are unsure about the best capacity of car lift for your needs, you should contact a specialist.

If you would like further information or advice about installing a car lift on your property, you should contact a professional car lift supplier.