Cost of a Car Lift

Buying your first or buying your 10th—a car lift is a serious investment for any automotive service maintenance shop or home garage. It needs to meet your space needs and budget requirements while being able to safely and reliably hold your needed vehicle capacity.

It's fair to say that to buy a lift—a good, quality lift—will require a serious expenditure especially if you're looking for one that can last a lifetime. Finding a car lift that outlasts and outperforms means cost is eventually recouped as you gain a revenue which means your investment turns into a huge money-saving decision.

On average, a car lift can range from:

  • $1,500 to over $10,000

But there's a lot of details, functionality and more that goes into calculating the pricing of vehicle lifts. What you want it to do, whether you're full service, wheel service, and what kind of vehicles you'll want to cater to all depend on how much the final price tag will be.And don't forget about installation, which can sometimes range from $500 up to $1,000 depending on the lift posts. Some in-ground lifts can cost up to $10,000 to install. So make sure to factor that into your cost estimates.

The essential step for looking at car lift pricing is finding the perfect zone for your needs: cost, value, and quality should be equal when you begin shopping or planning for a new car lift.

Home garage use for a car lift compared to business also makes the range differ as well. A home garage may be able to dip into lower-priced options, however, even in this case saving a few hundred bucks could mean unforeseen hazards. Be cautious of unbelievably low-priced lifts whether you're looking for one for working at home as a hobby and especially one for your shop.

Cheaply made car lifts run the risk of:

  • Using undersized lifting cylinders that are dangerous.
  • No engineering structural stability to speak of
  • Compromised safety systems or no safety systems in place at all
  • Thinner steel construction

As a business owner, the safety of your customers as well as your employees is tantamount to both quality work and quality customer service. So going the cheapest route for your business may end up costing you more than you bargained for.

The same goes for home technicians or hobbyists too. You put a lot of time, money and effort into your own vehicles, so cutting corners on the very thing that allows you to work on them safely may not be the best route.

Influences on Cost

Some of the influencers on cost for a quality car lift depend on a few things:

  • What make, model, and construction of the lift
  • What kind of vehicle you lift. Car, truck, heavy-duty vehicles and the lift's weight capacity all factor into the cost.

• Space: a small garage or small shop will want to capitalize on how much space is available. Do you want to use the lift to be able to store another vehicle in a raised position on a regular basis?

  • Self-install or professional services? Whether you self-install or hire a professional to set up your car lift, calculation of what installation tools and materials you need or how much you need to pay the installer can add anywhere from $800 for the bare minimum to an additional $700 for high-lift kits. If you're adding the lift to a home garage, you may also need additional equipment for the garage door itself.
  • Anchoring. Proper anchoring to a garage floor can roughly run about $250 (if it's not included in the initial installation).

That's not adding any of the electrical work, compressors, and any extras you may encounter such as shipping, delivery, and any add-ons you may need.

Lift Pricing

If you're in the market for the average two-post car lift with the capacity of around 10,000 lbs., that can run between $2,000 and $3,500.

When purchasing a no bells and whistles four-post car lift, you'll be looking at the same average price range as above. Though if you need higher weight capacity for a four-post you'll be looking at a price range a few hundred dollars more, especially if being able to stack vehicles is a feature you need.

Tip: Double-check if shipping and installation are included or separate. These two additions can affect the pricing of your lift as well. A standard installation for a two-post lift will be significantly lower than a four-post lift. In-ground lifts will be the most expensive option for installation, costing upward of an extra $10,000 to the price.

  • Two posts and four-post with 10,000 lb. capacity range from $2,000 to $3,A two-post or four-post with a 14,000lb capacity should budget between $3,000 to $6,000
  • In-ground lifts start around $6,000 and can run up to $10,The tech required and installation heavily influence in-ground prices.
  • Parallelogram and scissor lifts can run anywhere from $3,000 minimum price upward to $10,000 or more for commercial grade.

Higher Capacity Lift Pricing

Specializing in service maintenance or heavier vehicles such as trucks, buses, fire trucks or construction vehicles, for example, the pricing scale jumps upward significantly. Ultra-high capacity lifts like a heavy-duty parallelogram lift averages more than $10,000.

These lifts can feature capacities from 15,000 lbs. to 150,400 lbs. or more.

  • The general minimum for a heavy-duty vehicle lift averages $10,000 to $50,000 or more.

The Best Price

The best price for a car lift will always depend on the shop, shop size, budget, needs, and what the tech is looking for.

On average for a home or small shop, you should expect to be spending $2,500 to $5,000 for quality, safety, and high-caliber materials.

For long-established shops that specialize in trucks and extremely heavy-duty vehicles, your average for a lift will range from $10,000 to $500,000 depending on choices such as extra-wide tandem lifts, or lifts with a 40,000 lbs. capacity.

For our last tip, we recommend researching and knowing the warranty of the lift you've decided to purchase as well. Not everything may be covered under warranty which in the future may end up affecting your costs. And of course, for safety and reassurance, we encourage you to consider a lift with a step of about 1,000 – 2,000lbs higher than what you think you need. It can really help out with a client who may have a vehicle unexpectedly larger for servicing.

Don't be tempted by inferior lifts. How much time, effort, and headaches you avoid can be a result of how much you're willing to invest. Spend a little extra to ensure the maximum and best vehicle lift that will recoup that investment ten-fold.

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