Car Lifts: New or Used?

October 10, 2017

Auto Lift Car-Park-8-PlusP Extra TallWhen shopping for a car lift, you might be tempted to buy a used model over a brand new one in order to save some extra bucks. This is a natural inclination, and it likely wouldn’t be very difficult to find equipment auctions in your city or state. But is this a risk you should be taking? Here are a few important points to consider as you try to decide whether to buy a new or used car lift.

  • Removal and installation: Whereas you’d only have to pay for installation when buying a new car lift, a used one must first be disassembled and removed from its prior location. These extra steps not only cost money, but also increase the chances of damaged components arriving at your garage or going missing in transit.
  • Safe and smooth performance: New car lifts from trusted brands like BendPak, Challenger, and Dannmar, can be counted on to deliver safe and smooth performance from day one. Used car lifts, on the other hand, might give you a similar level of performance as a new model—or they might turn out to be balky, inconsistent, or dangerous. There’s just no way to know for sure what kind of use and abuse a preowned car lift was subjected to in its previous garage.
  • Warranty for parts, labor, and shipping: Reputable manufacturers provide a warranty with every new car lift sold through sites like to cover problems with the lift structure or parts. The most comprehensive warranties go so far as to cover any labor or shipping costs related to the warranty claim, which means your investment is thoroughly protected. Used car lifts rarely come with warranties, and if they do, coverage tends to be very limited.
  • Durability and longevity: With proper operation and regular maintenance, a new auto lift can be expected to give you many years—even decades—of reliable service. This kind of durability and longevity is easier to achieve when you oversee the use and care of the equipment yourself because you’re able to ensure that everything is done the right way. You might also get the same kind of longevity out of a used auto lift; or, you might find yourself paying for more frequent repairs or having to buy a replacement lift within a few short years.

The decision to buy a new or used auto lift comes down to a lot more than just the sticker price. Be sure to evaluate your purchase in terms of the points listed above so you can make a more informed decision that will benefit your auto repair garage in every possible way.

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