Deciding on the best car lifts for your shop requires that you take a little time and conduct some research. If you have an older building, your original lifts may be permanently installed into the ground. When they wear out and break, it can be quite costly to dig these up and replace them with new ones. However, there are other cost-effective options available, so you do not have to tear out the floor of your repair shop, that mount right to the floor of the shop.
Just make sure to check with your local municipality, as, in some locations, if you are replacing an in-ground lift, local regulations may require you to remove the older one before installing a new one. Should you have to remove the in-ground lift, it is still worth your time to consider above ground solutions. Some lift models are portable so you can move them from one bay to another and gain the flexibility of not being restricted to set bays for lift work.
Your options for above ground car lifts include two-post, four-post, and scissor lifts. Two-post lifts are well suited to repair shops where you have low ceiling clearances. Two-post lifts do have to be secured into the ground to prevent them from falling over. If you are looking for a portable solution, then you need to consider four-post or scissor lift options. In addition, there are specialty lifts for motorcycles, ATVs, and other smaller vehicles you might service, as well as alignment lifting systems.