Simple logic dictates that a one-car garage will allow you to park a single vehicle inside of it and a two-car garage will make space for two vehicles, right? Not exactly.
There’s a way to actually double your garage’s parking space without needing to undergo a major garage renovation – add a 4 post car lift. Homeowners are increasingly discovering the practicality of this smart garage vehicle storage solution.
How does a 4 post car lift work?
For those unfamiliar with how a 4 post car lift works, they’re used to elevate one of your parked vehicles using a hydraulic system. This optimizes your garage’s underutilized vertical space and allows you to park a second vehicle underneath.
Garage Living carries three types of 4 post car lifts that can store vehicles weighing between 8,000-9,000 lbs. Those weight capacities will accommodate everything from a small sports car up to a large SUV or pickup truck.
Why a 4 post car lift is your best option for adding garage parking space
Adding a 4 post car lift instead of undergoing a major garage renovation to create more parking space makes sense for a couple of important reasons:
- having to knock down garage walls to make the space larger will be much more costly than the expense of adding a car lift
- in most cases, we can install a car lift in about half a day, whereas an extensive garage renovation will be messy and may take weeks (which poses a major inconvenience to your daily routine)
Along with these reasons, keep reading to learn more about the additional advantages to owning a car lift.
The multi-purpose storage uses of a 4 post car lift
A car lift can be used for storing more than just cars or trucks. If your overhead storage racks are full, here are just a few of the bulky seasonal items you can store on your 4 post car lift:
- snow blowers
- lawn mowers
- camping equipment
- boating equipment
- patio equipment
Depending on what non-car or truck items you plan to store on your car lift, an attachment may be required.
Car lifts help the DIY mechanic
If you’re the handy type who prefers doing your own vehicle maintenance and repairs, a 4 post car lift can be quite useful. The ability to comfortably stand or sit underneath your car or truck while working on them is easier than dealing with the confined space you’ll have using a jack and mechanic’s creeper.
Be wary of some foreign-made 4 post car lifts that may be cheaper than North American-made models. The quality of construction materials and safety standards on Canadian and American-made car lifts are higher. Look for an ALI certification to ensure the safe operation of any car lift.
A 4 post car lift protects your investments
Being able to park in your garage instead of leaving your vehicles in the driveway protects your investments from theft and vandalism. You also won’t need to worry about exterior factors like weather, bird droppings, and tree sap.
Car lifts are a cost-efficient alternative to off-site vehicle storage
The costs of storing your classic car or seasonal vehicle in an off-site storage unit every year will eventually add up. Adding a 4 post car lift to your garage is more convenient and cost-efficient.
Within just a few years, the cost of the car lift will be less than what you would have spent on storage unit costs and you’ll actually have something tangible to show for your expenses. You’ll also get many more years of use out of the car lift.
You can learn more about the benefits of adding a 4 post car lift to your garage by scheduling a free in-home consultation with a member of our design team.