So you’ve done your research, chosen the home garage lift that’s best for you, and you’re getting ready to make that purchase. Not so fast! If you’re not getting it from the right dealer, you could be cheating yourself out of the quality and value that you deserve. Here are five red flags.
While typically a prospective lift owner will be buying their unit new from a trusted lift specialist, this may not always be the case. If you’ve got your eyes on a used car lift being sold by a fellow hobbyist or even a pro mechanic, you may want to think twice. If the lift is in need of repairs or servicing and you’re not aware of it, you can’t always trust the original owner to let you know. The safety of both you and your vehicle are on the line, so don’t take any chances. Buy new!
Ok, so now you’re sourcing your new vehicle lift from a commercial lift retailer. Definitely a step in the right direction, but you’re not out of the woods yet. Is this dealer a respected name in the community? How long have they been in operation? Have they sold to other hobbyists you know? Can you gather reliable opinions on the quality of their equipment and their service? Reputation means a lot, and without a strong one, that dealer probably shouldn’t be your go-to.
One factor that goes hand-in-hand with reputation is the warranty that a lift dealer offers. One of the first things you’ll learn about a dealer with a less-than-reputable track record is that their warranty is inadequate and doesn’t provide the kind of value you need. A warranty speaks volumes about how confident a seller is in their equipment and their ability to help you take care of it when needed. Always compare warranties when choose who to purchase your lift from.
In addition to the warranty, another major indicator of a lift dealer’s confidence in their equipment is whether or not they’re transparent about how they stack up against their competitors. A team of lift specialists can show you their own car lifts all day, but will they also show you the ones sold by their competitors so that you can see the difference for yourself? Nothing can beat a firsthand, up-close-and-personal comparison. Try to make this happen before you seal the deal.
Selling a lift shouldn’t be about making a quick buck. The finest and most trustworthy lift specialists have a dedication not only to automotive lifts themselves, but to the cars we use them to repair and maintain. If the team selling you a lift isn’t made up of 100% bona fide car aficionados with experience in auto work, you won’t be working with the best. They should share your passion for fine vehicles and the DIY spirit that makes a home garage car lift so exciting.
Lift King has gone from being the passion project of one hardworking car guy to becoming the finest automotive lift retailer in Canada. We provide high-quality lifts to the hobbyists that want dependable equipment at a fantastic value, so call (403) 283-1020 to find the right lift for you!