Luxury Car Garage Storage: 5 Ways To Create a Stunning Garage

If you own luxury cars, chances are that you live in an upscale home. 

The garage tends to be the last area in luxury homes to get remodeled, which makes the room stick out like a sore thumb in two ways.

First, there’s the fact that a boring, shabby-looking luxury car garage storage space is the wrong type of setting for parking high-end vehicles.

A Porsche or Lamborghini are works of art and beautiful artwork isn’t displayed in a setting that looks cut-rate. Even magnificent cars like those will lose some of their visual “wow factor” when parked in an unfinished garage that lacks any appealing décor.

Second, having an unattractive garage that doesn’t match the same high design standards that have been established throughout the rest of your house only detracts from your home’s overall visual appeal.

Garage remodel or car storage facility?

Some luxury car owners who keep adding to their collection of vehicles end up turning to luxury car storage facilities when their garage can no longer handle their storage needs.

Creating the perfect luxury car garage storage space right in your own home is easier than you might think.

One of our clients recently discovered this when we remodeled their garage so it would better complement the high-end appearance of their luxury vehicles more and give them more car storage space. 

Solutions like installing car lifts, adding some cutting-edge décor, and upgrading the storage systems transformed the garage into a showroom-quality space. We’ll get into more details about the remodel below.

Drawbacks to luxury car storage facilities

There are two main drawbacks to using a luxury car storage facility – cost and convenience.

Expensive

Using luxury car storage facilities is expensive and any type of rental arrangement is never a tangible investment that provides any long-term benefits for the renter.

We expect that if you can afford luxury vehicles and have enough of them that offsite storage is being considered in the first place, however, that the extra expense of storing your vehicles isn’t an issue. Even still, regardless of how much money is in your bank account, no one likes to waste money.

Those security guards, climate control costs, and a more upscale aesthetic compared to a standard car storage facility don’t come cheaply. Neither do the extra services many luxury car storage facilities offer, such as valet delivery, monthly vehicle status reports sent to the car owner, car-washing and detailing, and regular vehicle maintenance.

Here are the approximate starting prices for keeping a single car at some luxury vehicle storage facilities in a few select cities:

  • Dallas: $275 USD
  • Miami: $380 USD
  • Detroit: $320 USD
  • Toronto: $325 CAD
  • Vancouver: $300 CAD

Inconvenient

Another big negative of not having enough luxury car garage storage space at home and having to use a remote storage facility is the inconvenience.

Even if a car storage facility has vehicle pickup and drop-off services, you need to schedule an appointment. Also, most vehicle owners are uneasy with anyone outside of their family driving their car – especially if it’s very expensive!

It’s impractical to keep luxury cars parked in a different location where you can’t appreciate and admire their beauty.

We’re not saying all luxury vehicle storage facilities are bad. They’re useful if your garage is small and expanding the size isn’t an option or if the maximum number of car lifts are installed in it. And they make sense if you’re just a really serious auto enthusiast whose collection has outgrown even a large home garage.

Unless any of the above issues apply to your situation, however, there is no reason you can’t have your car collection stored right under your own roof. 

Here are five ways to create a stunning garage for your luxury vehicles.

1. Add car lifts to store more luxury vehicles in your garage

double car lift with parked cars

Car lifts are a more practical and cost-effective storage solution than undergoing a garage expansion project or keeping some of your cars at a storage facility.

Any construction project that involves expanding the size of a garage is going to be expensive, messy, lengthy, inconvenient to your family, and require dealing with local zoning laws. 

Adding one or more car lifts to a garage is the best way to increase your home’s available parking space.

The ceiling space in most garages goes unused, which car lifts take advantage of (provided the ceiling is a minimum height of about 10 feet).

By allowing a vehicle to be parked on a raised platform above another vehicle, you double each available parking space in the garage with each lift that is added. A 2-car garage effectively becomes a 4-car garage, for example.  

The spacious garage featured here is approximately 1,120 square feet and can store six vehicles, so there is a wealth of luxury car garage storage space if the homeowner adds to their auto collection.

A double car lift setup helps keep most of the ample garage floor space open, which makes driving in and out of the garage and parking easier. It also creates more space for other non-traditional garage uses, which we’ll get into later. 

Car lifts are also ideal for parking vehicles that aren’t driven on a regular basis, such as a luxury sports car or classic car owned by someone living in a northern climate who wants to store it for the winter. With a car lift, your lesser-driven vehicles won’t take up the garage’s prime parking spots.

When you can conveniently keep all of your vehicles right in your own garage, why waste money on luxury car storage fees?

2. Showcase your luxury cars

luxury cars on car lifts

Car lifts create more parking space and let you to display and showcase your luxury vehicles. Pictured are a Corvette ZR1, Lamborghini Aventador, and Porsche GT2 RS.

Car lifts have more functionality than just creating more garage parking space – they’re a great tool that allows you to showcase your vehicles, too.

Elevating some of your cars creates a more impressive sight than if you had a collection of, say, four or five cars parked at floor level in a garage. The vehicles parked behind other vehicles are less visible and their true beauty can’t be fully admired.

In a way, you could look at car lifts as display platforms that enable high-end car collectors to display the vehicles they cherish to their best effect, especially when surrounded by tasteful upgrades to the garage’s interior décor.

A luxury car garage storage space that uses car lifts also stands out because although lifts made for residential use aren’t exactly new, they’re still fairly uncommon in garages. These impressive devices are a talking point in and of themselves, even without an exotic sports car parked on them!

If your garage is as large as this one, you could even have an extra car lift or two installed during a remodel to accommodate vehicles you’re looking to add to your collection. 

3. Make your garage interior luxurious

Most homeowners don’t associate the word “luxurious” with a garage interior, but that’s only because the concept of high-end garage décor is relatively new. 

Garages should look as nice as any other part of the home, especially since so many of us primarily enter and exit our main living space through the garage.

Upgrading your garage interior creates a nicer-looking transitional space. It also creates a true extension of your home’s living space that makes you feel more comfortable. And when you factor in owning luxury cars, there is even more reason to make your garage look gorgeous!

As seen in the “Before” photo below, this garage had a dull, monochromatic look and needed some decorative flair to upgrade the room’s aesthetic.

Before the garage remodel

Garage Living added a Nightfall Floortex™ floor coating with decorative flakes and a glossy finish that adds visual appeal to the room and nicely complements the cars’ high-end look. This durable polyaspartic floor coating provides superior protection to an epoxy floor and is easier to maintain.

In addition to providing wall hanging space, the surrounding grey slatwall gives the room a tidy, consistent look. The lower black slatwall strips provide a nice visual contrast and incorporate LED ribbon lighting for extra visual interest.

Here are some more décor-related upgrades that were part of this luxury car garage remodel:

  • Numerous pot lights replaced the outdated incandescent bulb lighting to brighten the room and showcase the luxury cars in the best light – literally!
  • A fresh coat of white ceiling paint gives the garage a clean look, makes the room feel more relaxing (one of several benefits of using white paint), and reflects light better.
  • A Floortex™ baseboard coating around the garage’s perimeter creates a more seamless aesthetic between the floor and walls of the room.
  • A GL Custom Steel cabinet system adds a further infusion of high-end style to the garage’s appearance. A pressure washer and its two hoses are kept hidden behind some cabinet doors to preserve the room’s tidy look.
  • New garage doors were installed to upgrade one of the home’s most noticeable exterior features and boost curb appeal. The doors have obscure glass panels that provide privacy while allowing natural light in.

To get more examples of what a garage interior is capable of looking like, browse through our Designer Series. It has seven exclusive themes of pre-chosen color palettes and design materials that help simplify the garage design process for you.

After the garage remodel

4. Keep the garage organized and maximize its storage

A luxury garage won’t look so luxurious if it’s untidy, so investing in high-quality storage systems is a must.

We offer numerous solutions that allow homeowners to maximize their garage’s storage space. Working with garage remodel pros like Garage Living allows you to make the best use of the room’s storage space and have it designed accordingly to fit your family’s needs.

We’ve already mentioned how our storage systems contribute to the modern, stylish look of luxury garages. Here’s how they maximize your storage space and give garages more functionality.

luxury garage cabinets

High-quality garage cabinets contribute to a luxury garage’s upscale look and expand your storage options.

Garage wall storage

Your garage walls are your biggest asset when it comes to finding more garage storage space. As you can see in these photos, slatwall creates lots of hanging space for bikes and other types of sports equipment, ladders, tools, apparel, and anything else capable of being hung up.

Overhead storage

Just as car lifts get more use out of a garage’s underutilized ceiling space, so do overhead storage racks. They’re ideal for storing bulky items like storage bins and out-of-season items that you don’t want sitting on the garage floor.

Garage cabinets

Garage storage cabinets expand your storage options and provide space for keeping valuables and hazardous materials that you’d prefer to be locked up. This garage’s cabinet system is wall-mounted and was customized to include drawers beneath the locker doors.

A stainless steel countertop, sink with a pullout faucet, and a mounted 4K TV gives the garage extra functionality as a workspace.

Multipurpose space

With an organized garage, you can use it for things besides parking vehicles and home storage. Making your garage work harder (and more efficiently) as a storage space opens up opportunities for using the room as a workshop, exercise space, or even as a home relaxation area.

5. Make your car garage more secure

It’s a wonder that so many luxury cars get parked in driveways instead of the garage. This is usually because there is too much clutter in the garage, an all-too-common issue that causes about 25% of homeowners to park outdoors most of the time.

luxury garage interior

Protect your luxury car investments by making your garage as secure as possible.

Not only are cars and trucks left exposed to the elements, but they’re also much more vulnerable to theft and vandalism. 

Once a garage is organized so you can park indoors, there are numerous other ways to keep your luxury cars safer when they’re parked inside:

  • Install smart wireless security cameras with motion sensors outside your garage doors and inside the room that can be accessed through your smartphone.
  • Invest in a good garage alarm system.
  • Keep the garage doors locked (which sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many homeowners fail to do so). A keyless garage entry system is also worth considering.
  • Upgrade your home’s exterior lighting around the garage to provide better lighting coverage that will deter burglars.
  • Limit the garage interior’s visibility from the outside by using opaque treatments on windows or window coverings.
  • Upgrade your garage door openers to take advantage of convenient features like smart MyQ technology that lets you monitor and control your doors remotely via a smartphone app.
  • Invest in a sturdier, more secure exterior garage access door.

Create your one-of-a-kind luxury car garage storage space

Garage Living specializes in designing one-of-a-kind luxury car garage storage spaces just like this one. 

We can help you get a lot more out of your garage, both in terms of how it looks and functions. And we can accomplish this in less time than you might think. 

In as little as 3-5 days, we can complete a full garage remodel. A flooring project can be done in only 1-2 days.

Schedule a free design consultation with us to get your dream garage project started.

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See more photos from this garage and get more details about what went into the remodel by viewing this gallery. You can also take a highly detailed 360° tour of the garage by visiting here.

7 Awesome Automotive Gift Ideas for the Holidays

The holiday season is here and you’re searching for the perfect gift idea for that special someone.

Here’s a suggestion – why not consider some automotive gift ideas?

Choosing a gift that improves someone’s driving experience or their garage space will find your recipient appreciating not just your thoughtfulness, but the originality of your gift.

And we’re not talking about one of those novelty auto gifts, like a handheld espresso maker for the car or an automatic car umbrella to protect a vehicle from snow, rain, and the sun.

Yes, both of these products exist and are downright silly and impractical. You can do much better for the driver in your life.

automotive gift ideas, garage cabinets with blue bow

Automotive gift ideas you can’t go wrong with

Giving a car-related gift that gives a driver some peace of mind about their vehicle’s reliability is highly practical. Another practical idea is to give a gift that enables a vehicle owner to maintain their wheels or help it look nicer.

If you’re looking for a gift with a little more “sizzle”, you could give someone a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience in a ridiculously fast exotic car.

Or perhaps your gift recipient would appreciate upgrading the space where their vehicles are parked.

There are plenty of great automotive gift ideas to choose from and here are seven suggestions for gift-giving budgets both big and small.

1. Garage makeover

From the hardcore auto buff to anyone who simply uses their garage everyday, having a nicer garage space is something any homeowner will find valuable.

Whether someone enjoys tinkering away in the garage on a prized vehicle or uses the space as the primary entry and exit point for their home, creating a more stylish, functional, and comfortable garage for them will be greatly appreciated.

A garage makeover gift can involve a top-to-bottom remodel that involves adding these features:

  • effective garage storage systems (like slatwall, overhead racks, and garage cabinets)
  • a high quality garage floor coating
  • new garage doors

Perhaps a complete garage makeover exceeds your gift-giving budget. If so, even focussing on one specific area of the garage to upgrade will make a unique and memorable gift.

If you’re looking to make a big difference to how someone’s garage looks and feels, we recommend starting with their flooring. Most garage floors are boring gray, cracked, and well-worn. They don’t add to a garage’s visual appeal, they detract from it.

To completely transform a garage floor, have a polyaspartic Floortex™ floor coating applied. It injects any garage interior with a stylish, decorative aesthetic, makes the space look cleaner, and provides superior flooring protection.

automotive gift ideas garage makeover

2. Deluxe auto spa treatment

Most owners of luxury vehicles like to maintain the pristine looks of their expensive cars and SUVs.

When it comes to preserving that “new car look” and giving a high-end vehicle the best care for both its interior and exterior, a deluxe auto spa treatment can’t be beat.

It’s recommended that a vehicle be detailed every four to six months, so a year’s worth of auto spa treatments makes a great gift.

Reputable professional auto detailers will use the highest quality products when working on your vehicle. Combined with their expertise, this will ensure your car detailing is done right in order to extend the life of the vehicle and get it spotless, both inside and out.

Many auto detailers will come to you and detail your vehicle right in your own driveway or even where you work. Be sure to look for this convenient feature when looking for an auto detailer in your area.

3. Dyson car vacuum

automotive gift ideas dyson vacuumKeeping the interiors of your vehicles clean (especially if you have kids) requires a bit of work, with an occasional vacuuming being a must-do task.

Make that task as easy as possible for your gift recipient by surprising them with a Dyson V7 Car + Boat vacuum cleaner.

This powerful handheld machine from the world’s top vacuum brand is specifically engineered for cleaning a vehicle. It can be also used for quick cleanups throughout the home.

It boasts “the strongest suction of any other cordless handheld vacuum cleaner” and up to 30 minutes of fade-free suction. A convenient car charger is included, which can be plugged into a vehicle’s standard 12V accessory slot.

The vacuum comes with all the attachments and accessories you would expect for getting into those crevices and hard-to-reach cleaning areas of any vehicle.

4. Supercar driving experience

If you’re looking for automotive gift ideas that cater to anyone who appreciates driving fast in a really nice car, treat them to a supercar driving experience.

Admittedly, this gift isn’t the most practical choice. It is, however, one that will be super fun for the person on the receiving end!

This experience puts you behind the wheel of exotic cars like a Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 911 GT3, and Audi R8 V10 Plus.

Drivers will get to drop the pedal on a controlled track environment (with proper training and supervision, of course).

Most locations that offer these experiences offer a wide range of options when putting your package together. They also cater to drivers of all experience levels. Try to find a location that will film the experience for you, which makes for a great memento.

Drivers can choose multiple vehicles in one driving session to take out for a few laps (in case a spin around the track in just a $320,000 Lamborghini Huracán Performante isn’t scratching your adrenaline rush itch).

Supercar driving experiences have grown in popularity in recent years, so you should be able to find a location close to where your gift recipient lives.

If you’re feeling particularly generous with your gift-giving this holiday season, make the gift that much more special and turn the experience into a vacation for whoever’s lucky enough to know you!

automotive gift ideas supercar driving experience

5. Complete auto care kit

While it’s admittedly not as extravagant as gifting someone with a supercar driving experience or a garage remodel, a complete auto care kit still makes an ideal gift for any car owner.

Some car owners who prefer to be hands-on with their vehicle care may even prefer this type of gift, instead of receiving vouchers for a professional detailing service.

Spring for a higher-end car care kit that’s fully loaded with higher quality auto care products and accessories like professional-grade microfiber towels and wash mitts.

If your gift recipient lives in a northern climate, home washing their vehicles during the winter isn’t typically practical. Include a bunch of car wash vouchers to keep their cars clean during the time of year that’s hardest on a vehicle’s exterior.

6. Car lift

Most of these automotive gift ideas have highly practical applications and what’s more practical than creating more parking space in a garage?

For anyone who has space limitations in the garage that prevents them from parking indoors, get them a car lift.

Car lifts use your garage’s vertical space so that you can park a vehicle on a platform that raises, allowing you to park another vehicle safely underneath it.

For sports car owners who don’t drive their vehicles year-round, a car lift lets them to keep their vehicles indoors, without sacrificing a valuable garage parking space when the vehicle isn’t being used.

automotive gift ideas car lift

7. Portable car jump starter

Anyone who drives has probably experienced the feeling of dread when they discover they have a dead car battery.

There isn’t always another vehicle nearby to lend a boost. Calling AAA or CAA to get your vehicle started can have widely varying wait times for someone to arrive, especially when the weather is bad.

In either situation, you’ll be delayed from where you need to be to some degree.

Remove this worry for any driver by giving them one of the most handy automotive gift ideas around – a portable car jump starter.

This compact, yet powerful device can be stored in the trunk and bring any dead car battery back to life in just a couple of minutes.

How to give the gift of a garage makeover

Visit your local Garage Living showroom to learn more about how we can help you give the gift of a nicer garage space to someone special.

You can also schedule a free design consultation with us to discuss garage makeover plans for a loved one or your own home.

Happy holiday shopping!

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4 Post Car Lift vs 2 Post Lift: 7 Buying Considerations

4 post car lift vs 2 post lift

Only 70% of the 900 homeowners surveyed by the Wall Street Journal said that their garage gives them enough parking space.

Garage clutter is the biggest factor that prevents most homeowners from parking inside. But another factor is they simply have more family vehicles than they do garage parking spaces.

The constant “vehicle shuffle” for a family when there’s a lack of parking space is inconvenient.

And in some cases, you might have a seasonal vehicle that occupies one of your valuable garage parking spaces for months at a time, even though you’re not driving it.

If paying for yearly remote vehicle storage or undergoing a pricey garage expansion aren’t solutions that appeal to you, having a car lift at home is a great way to simplify your parking problems.

What’s the best car lift for your garage?

When you’re researching the different types of home garage car lifts for sale, you’ll learn that there’s three main types:

Scissor lifts aren’t a viable garage parking option because you obviously can’t park underneath them. They also typically have lower lifting capacities and are more ideal for temporarily hoisting vehicles to perform maintenance, not longer term vehicle storage.

That leaves the two most popular home car lift options – 4 post and 2 post car lifts. The 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift debate can get a little confusing, so we’re here to simplify a few things.

Here are seven key factors you need to consider when deciding what type of home car lift will work best for your family’s needs.

1. Home parking

For many people buying a car lift for their garage, the ability to create more home parking space will the only thing they’re interested in.

Being able to park a vehicle underneath another vehicle elevated on a car lift is an attractive proposition for anyone tired of having more vehicles than their garage can accommodate.

For this type of usage, a 4 post lift is the ideal option. Virtually all 4 post car lifts are designed for this specific purpose, whereas only some 2 post models are recommended for using as a parking lift.

The support posts for the 2 post lift are centered where the vehicle is lifted. That makes it more difficult to open the doors and get in and out of a car that’s parked underneath a 2 car lift.

Because the 4 post lift’s posts are located at the four outside corners of a vehicle parked underneath the lift, side obstructions are not an issue.

4 post car lift vs 2 post lift black car

One advantage of 4 post car lifts over 2 post lifts is that it’s easier to get in and out of the vehicle parked under the lift.

2. Convenience and ease of use

2 post car lifts are a “frame engaging” type of lift that uses two metal arms to support the weight of a vehicle.

The drawback of 2 post lifts is there’s a lot less room for error when it comes to using them properly. You need to correctly identify the right lifting points, which can vary from vehicle to vehicle. Basically, this means 2 post car lifts require more care and precision when you’re using them.

Convenience and ease of use are two factors in your 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift comparison where the former undeniably comes out ahead.

Make no mistake, any car lift requires you to be safety-conscious when being used. A 4 post car lift, however, essentially requires you to just drive your vehicle onto the lift platform.

With all four wheels supporting the vehicle’s weight, there’s no guesswork and extra time spent ensuring your vehicle is aligned perfectly to be safely lifted.

3. Safety considerations

For those that don’t own one, using a car lift can be somewhat intimidating. Vehicles weigh thousands of pounds and it’s understandable to be a little nervous parking an expensive vehicle above another expensive vehicle.

Identifying the proper lifting points when using a 2 post lift is essential in order to store your vehicle safely. Otherwise, you’ll have a hoisted vehicle with an unbalanced center of gravity, which increases the risk of a vehicle falling.

You don’t have to be a physics genius to understand that a 4 post car lift that has twice as many posts as a 2 post lift provides more stability.

This factor, along with the relative simplicity of using a 4 post lift, is a big reason why they’re a more attractive option for some homeowners. It simply gives them more peace of mind. 4 post lifts are also considered a safer option for heavier vehicles and for long-term storage.

Any car lift made by a reputable manufacturer should adhere to the strictest safety standards, be ALI-certified, and be installed by a pro. Regular car lift maintenance is also important.

Any 2 post and 4 post car lift should have some sort of safety lock feature and likely a hydraulic flow restrictor feature. All 4 post lifts will also include front and rear wheel chocks, to prevent vehicles from rolling off the front or back of the lifting platform.

4. Garage space occupied by the car lift

Both 4 post car lifts and 2 post lifts take advantage of the usable vertical space in your garage. You’ll obviously want to make sure there’s an adequate amount of overhead clearance room in your garage for your car lift to operate properly.

That means taking factors like the location of your garage door opener, how high your garage doors open, and the placement of things like storage racks and lighting into account. A high lift conversion modification is one option to create more room for a car lift to be installed.

When it comes to 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift pros and cons, it’s true that a 2 post lift takes up less space in a garage. If you have a smaller garage or a smaller budget to work with, it might be your only option.

If your budget and the amount of room in your garage aren’t issues, however, you’ll probably be happier with what a 4 post car lift offers.

5. Ease of installation

Because safety is of paramount importance when operating a car lift, installing one should definitely not be a DIY project unless you really know what you’re doing.

Car lifts are also difficult to install because of their weight (a typical 4 post car lift can weigh anywhere from 1,800-2,500 pounds).

A trusted car lift installer will know how to inspect your garage floor to make sure the concrete is thick enough to handle the substantial weight it has to support. Having a concrete slab 4-5 inches thick is generally recommended.

All 2 post car lifts need to be anchored and an installer has to take into account the condition of the floor, along with the locations of floor cracks and seams before putting in the anchors. Because of their better stability, most 4 post lifts don’t need anchors.

You also have to know what you’re doing when it comes to the electrical work for a car lift installation. Many car lifts use a 110V motor that will work easily with electrical systems used in most garages.

Some car lifts use a 220V motor, however. For these lift models, you’ll likely need an electrician to upgrade your garage’s electrical system to handle the higher voltage.

4 post car lift vs 2 post lift

6. Extra car lift functionality

For some, extra car storage space might be a secondary priority to wanting a car lift in order to do maintenance on their vehicles.

25% of the homeowners polled for that Wall Street Journal survey used their garage for vehicle maintenance.

You’ll get a range of opinions when it comes to the 4 post car lift vs 2 lift debate over which one is better for using as home service lift.

Some auto enthusiasts insist that a 2 post lift is better because of the easier access it gives to the wheels and more areas of a vehicle’s underside when it’s hoisted.

4 post car lift owners might counter that argument by saying they can use what’s known as a jack tray attachment to raise the vehicle off the lift platform in order to do such tasks.

When it comes to versatility, a 4 post lift does give you more storage options. With the right car lift attachment, bulky items like a motorcycle, riding lawn mower, or snowblower could be stored on the lift.

Another selling point of a 4 post lift for some people is the fact the lift can be moved in their garage if needed. Unlike an anchored 2 post car lift, the 4 post lift has some mobility with the use of a caster kit, which allows the lift to be moved around.

7. Cost

With their typically lower lifting capacities and less material that’s used in their construction, 2 post car lifts are a little cheaper than 4 post lifts.

Keep a few things in mind when setting your car lift budget:

  • do your homework and choose a reputable, reliable car lift brand
  • cheaper car lift brands might not adhere to the stricter safety standards of an established lift manufacturer
  • the extra amount you’ll spend on a 4 post car lift will probably be worth it for the extra convenience and versatility
  • budget car lifts might take longer to raise and lower your vehicle and operate louder when doing so
  • the weight of the vehicle you’ll be lifting will impact how much you pay for a car lift

Whichever type of lift you buy, consider how much you’ll be saving if you’ve been spending money year after year on remote vehicle storage.

There’s also a higher level of convenience and more peace of mind having your seasonal vehicle stored right in your home.

Also consider how much less it’ll cost to add a car lift compared to undergoing a messy garage expansion.

Double your garage parking space in just one day

If your 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift research has shown you that a 4 post lift makes the most sense for your garage, schedule a free design consultation with Garage Living.

Installing a car lift only takes a day. That means your garage will be a lot more functional and parking-friendly right away.

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5 Signs You Need a Home Garage Car Lift

It makes little sense that so many vehicles worth thousands of dollars sit in driveways because they’ve been displaced from the garage by cheap clutter.

Should a beautiful $100,000 Mercedes really have to suffer the indignity of being relegated to the perils of theft and bad weather outside, all while some rusty bikes and tattered cardboard boxes of junk stay safe and dry inside your garage?

We think not.

Is a home garage car lift right for you?

There are a few telltale signs that you’d benefit from having a home garage car lift. Virtually all of these signs will be things that cause you or your family some degree of headaches and stress all too frequently. A home garage car lift just might be the answer to your home parking and car storage problems!

Do any of the following five issues rear their ugly head on a regular basis?

1. You lack enough garage parking space

The most obvious sign you’re a perfect candidate for a home garage car lift are persistent issues with parking your vehicles.

Of 1,500 North American respondents to a Garage Living poll conducted in 2017, 20% said they were unable to park in their garage.

Garage clutter is one of the biggest factors that prevents you from using your garage for parking. Garage storage systems like slatwall panels or cabinets will definitely help when it comes to garage organization.

But even with an organized garage, parking can still be an issue for many homeowners. This could be due to having a small garage space or perhaps you have a lot of drivers in your family. Then again, maybe you’re a car lover who’s simply run out of indoor parking space for your growing car collection.

A home garage car lift can solve your home parking problems. It effectively doubles your available garage parking space by allowing you to safely park a vehicle above another vehicle. Utilizing your garage’s vertical space with a car lift can eliminate the arguments between family members over who gets indoor parking privileges.

home garage car lift

A home garage car lift will instantly double your parking space.

2. A garage expansion isn’t a feasible option

Expanding your garage might seem like the most logical way to resolve your lack of home garage parking space. Weigh the pros and cons between this option and getting a home garage car lift, however, and the wiser choice is quite clear.

Car lifts for residential garages are a much more cost-effective option than undergoing a major garage expansion. The latter will carry a hefty price tag in comparison to investing in one (or even two) car lifts.

Also consider the other headaches that will accompany a major garage expansion:

  • the mess that will be made
  • the length of time you’ll be unable to park in your garage
  • you won’t be able to use your garage for hobbies or other activities for awhile
  • you’ll need to secure building permits

Installing a car lift in your garage, on the other hand, involves much less hassle and inconvenience. In most cases, the process can be completed in about half a day.

3. You want to protect your investments

Protecting the significant investment you’ve made in your vehicles only makes sense. And with higher-end vehicles, it makes that much more sense to find ways to park them inside your garage.

As mentioned, there’s simply no good reason to have items with little monetary value taking up your valuable garage parking space when it comes at the expense of indoor vehicle storage.

Parking in your garage with car lift storage keeps your vehicles far more secure than parking in your driveway. They’re also shielded from the elements, which will prolong the life of their bodies and engines.

And if you live in areas that get snow, consider the convenience of not having to deal with scraping snow and ice off your car or truck many times over the course of a winter.

4. You prefer servicing your own vehicles

If you have experience when it comes to auto maintenance, you know that it can be a challenge working on the underside of a vehicle. There’s limited space to work, poor visibility, and having to use a rolling mechanic’s creeper isn’t very comfortable. Using jacks can also pose a safety hazard.

For those who prefer doing their own car maintenance, a home garage car lift is extremely practical. There are three different types of car lifts available to make home car maintenance a lot easier.

Scissor car lifts are the cheapest option and allow you to access most areas that can be serviced on a car or truck. The big drawbacks of scissor lifts are you can’t park underneath them and many models have lower lifting capacities and lifting heights.

2 post car lifts are another option for the home garage mechanic. Hoisted vehicles are supported by arms attached to the two posts. This makes it easy to access a vehicle’s underside, change tires, and do brake work. Most home garage 2 post car lifts don’t leave space for parking another vehicle underneath, however.

4 post car lifts offer the best multi-purpose car lift functionality. Aside from changing tires (because your vehicle is parked on ramps), this type of car lift is well-suited for most home car repairs. And best of all, you can park another vehicle safely underneath a hoisted vehicle, which is a real space saver.

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Getting to the underside of vehicles for performing your own maintenance is much easier with a car lift.

5. You want another long-term home vehicle storage option

In colder climates, many homeowners have sports cars, classic cars, or motorcycles that can’t be driven for about half the year. Even though you love your prized ride, it can be frustrating having precious garage parking space taken up by immobile vehicles for much of the year.

Off-site vehicle storage will cost several hundred of dollars per vehicle each year. A 4 post car lift that’s used to store your seasonal vehicles will pay for itself after just a few years.

Having your stored vehicles close at hand is also a lot more convenient if you need to occasionally run them during the winter for maintenance purposes.

Seasonal vehicles parked in the garage during the winter also provides a little more peace of mind that your cherished possession is safer than it would be in a storage unit.

Get professional installation of a home garage car lift

If any one of these five signs resonates with you, Garage Living can make your life easier with a professionally installed home garage car lift. Our 4 post car lifts are ALI Certified for safe and reliable operation and very easy to use.

Schedule a free consultation with one of our design consultants to start making your garage more functional with a convenient car lift.

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Winter Car Storage: 11 Tips to Help Preserve Your Prized Ride

As the warm weather gives way to the next several months of cold and snowy conditions, auto enthusiasts lament the changing of seasons as much as anybody.

That’s because months-long stretches of lousy weather mean sports car and classic car owners will need to store their vehicles until spring. After all, snow and rain, road salt, sub-zero temperatures, and slippery roads aren’t exactly ideal conditions to expose your prized ride to.

The importance of proper winter car storage

Proper winter car storage for your seasonal vehicle is essential for a few reasons:

  • it extends the life of the vehicle
  • you’ll avoid costly repairs
  • the vehicle will be better-prepared to be driven again in the spring

You’ll find plenty of classic car restoration experts who believe that improper winter car storage can actually be worse for the vehicle than if it had been driven all winter on salt-covered roads.

If you haven’t gotten around to taking care of your winter car storage needs yet, don’t procrastinate much longer. These 11 winter car storage tips will keep your prized vehicle in pristine condition in your garage until spring time.

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1. Wash your car’s exterior

It’s imperative that your vehicle is thoroughly washed before storing it for the winter. Don’t use a drive-through car wash – be sure to hand wash it. Give the car’s underside a good spray wash as well.

Once the car has air-dried, give it a good waxing to protect the vehicle’s finish. It doesn’t hurt to give the car’s chrome a polish, either. Once this step and some of the other winter car storage recommendations below are done, you’ll be covering the car with a cover or tarp.

When the time for winter car storage ends in the spring, your cherished vehicle’s exterior will be fresh and well-preserved during its resting period.

2. Clean your car’s interior

If you’re going to the trouble of following the proper procedures for winter car storage, it’s clear you love your classic car or sports car. Therefore, it’s unlikely you’ve left your beloved car’s interior filled with garbage.

Even still, it bears mentioning that you should ensure your car’s interior is clean before storing it. Anything food-related (including food wrappers) definitely needs to be removed. This lowers the chance of any pests trying to get inside your car and you also won’t have any unpleasant odors to face after months of winter car storage.

Seat covers are a smart idea for providing extra protection for your upholstery. And it’s also a good idea to add some packs of desiccant (like the silica gel that comes in boxes of new shoes) inside the vehicle. They can be bought at your local dollar store and will absorb extra cabin moisture.

3. Keep the critters away

Critters like mice will be drawn to your stored vehicle, which can provide a comfortable winter home for them if you’re not careful.

If you’re aware of issues with mice in your garage, try and resolve the problem before winter arrives. And if they continue to be a persistent problem, take a few steps to protect your vehicle.

Use mouse traps outside the vehicle (never inside) or wherever you notice critter activity in your garage. Mouse traps are reusable and provide visual proof that you’ve caught one of the pests. The effects of mouse and rat poisons, on the other hand, don’t leave evidence as readily. You also won’t want to use them if you have pets.

Be sure that all air inlets are closed in the car and put steel wool in the air filter box’s intake duct. Check under your hood periodically during the winter to make sure it’s critter-free. Also, plug up your exhaust pipe with steel wool to prevent critter access.

4. Fill ’er up before winter car storage

When it comes to winter car storage advice, you’ll find plenty of conflicting opinions online on a few different issues. One of those is whether or not to empty your gas tank or fill it up before winter car storage.

Those in favor of emptying the fuel believe this prevents varnish and gum buildup. Unfortunately, it’s tricky to drain a gas tank without leaving behind moisture that can cause rust.

There’s a stronger consensus for filling up your tank (which prevents moisture buildup) and adding a fuel stabilizer. Gasoline stabilizers prevent the fuel from deteriorating, which causes oxidation and deposits to form that could damage your fuel system.

Just add the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer and let it mix thoroughly with the gas by driving the car for approximately 10-15 minutes. Another reason to keep gas in your vehicle while it’s stored is so you can run it every few weeks (more on that below).

5. Change your oil and filter

It’s wise to change the oil and filter on your sports car or classic car before storing it for the winter. Even if the vehicle isn’t due for either of these maintenance tasks, it’s a good proactive step to take.

An oil change provides helpful corrosion protection, especially since an idle car is more susceptible to engine corrosion. Just as with the fuel stabilizer or any other added car fluids, run the vehicle for a few minutes to circulate the fresh fluids.

6. Top off your coolant

Check your coolant level and top it off if needed (coolant, by the way, is the same as antifreeze). Avoid mixing regular coolant (which is typically a green color) with longer-lasting yellow and red-colored coolants, as they’re formulated to have different lifespans.

To be extra safe, you should check the coolant’s strength to ensure the water concentration level isn’t too high. If it is, this can cause the car’s cylinder heads or engine block to crack.

7. Use proper tire care

When it comes to tire care for a vehicle you’re storing, there’s a few universally accepted facts:

  • tires should always be cleaned to remove dirt and brake dust before winter car storage
  • tires on a stored vehicle should be inflated to the recommended psi
  • long-term winter car storage can cause tires to flat-spot

Flat-spotting happens when the circumference of tires on a car that’s been left in the same spot for a long time changes due to the weight of the vehicle pressing down on them.

Underinflated tires and storage in a cold garage on a car that doesn’t get moved for several months will increase the chance of flat-spotting. Driving the car for awhile can sometimes cause the flat-spots to round out, but not always.

You can prevent flat-spotting by putting your vehicle on jack stands to reduce the weight put on your tires during winter car storage. Place a small piece of wood under the stands. That ensures they won’t leave indentations on your floor, especially if you’ve recently had a spiffy new Floortex™ garage floor coating applied.

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8. Disconnect your car battery or use a trickle charger

Unless you’re planning on occasionally starting your stored car during the winter, it’s a good idea to remove the vehicle’s battery. If a car battery loses its charge it may freeze, at which point it becomes useless.

Store it in your heated living space and the battery should be good to go when it’s hooked back up in the spring. Be aware that battery removal isn’t recommended if the car being stored is newer and has engine computers.

Your other option is to hook your car battery up to a trickle charger or battery maintainer. Ensure the model you purchase has an auto shut-off feature to prevent overcharging. As an added dose of preventative maintenance, you can also coat the battery terminals with petroleum jelly.

9. Occasionally start your car…or not

One long-running debate concerning winter car storage is whether or not you should start it every few weeks. Those who don’t think this is necessary believe that if you’ve taken the proper steps to store your car properly, there’s no need to run it during the winter.

There seems to be a more widely-held belief, however, that it is a good idea to start your stored car every 3-4 weeks. Those in favor believe this keeps the cylinders lubricated and removes moisture from operating components. If you’re able to move your car (even just back and forth a few feet), this also prevents brakes and clutches from sticking.

If you do decide to start your vehicle during winter car storage, just remember to do these four things:

  • always remove your car cover when it’s running
  • remember to remove (and put back) anything you were using to keep critters out of your car
  • run your car for about 10-15 minutes until it reaches its optimal operating temperature
  • leave your garage door open while your car is running

10. Cover your car

One of your last steps when it comes to winter car storage will be to cover your vehicle. This will protect the exterior you just waxed and keep dirt and dust off of it. If possible, spend the extra money for a custom-fit cover for your car as opposed to getting a universal-fit cover.

Make sure the car cover you use has breathable fabric. Moisture trapped underneath your cover will be harmful to your car’s body. And never use a plastic car cover – they trap rust-causing moisture and can also scratch your car’s finish.

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A car lift is ideal for storing your prized sports car or classic car during the winter.

11. Use a car lift for winter car storage

Using your garage during the winter to protect your everyday use vehicles from snow and ice is just one of many benefits of using your garage for parking. Storing your classic car or sports car during the winter in your garage can be an issue if you lack parking space.

One way to increase your garage’s parking space is to add a 4 post car lift to it. They’re a great solution that will protect your prized vehicle and also make room for your other vehicles.

Once all your winter car storage preparation is finished, simply raise your vehicle on the car lift and you’ll then be able to use the space beneath it for parking.

It’s easy and safe to operate the car lift if you need to run your stored car every few weeks. And a car lift is also handy if you prefer taking care of your classic car’s maintenance yourself, as it allows for easy access to a vehicle’s underside.

Make space in your garage for winter car storage

Yes, it can be a lot of work getting your vehicle ready for winter car storage, but your cherished ride deserves it. And when you take it out for that first invigorating drive in the spring time, you’ll be reminded all over again why putting so much tender loving care into your hobby was worth it.

Do you need better garage organization and storage solutions to make space for the winter storage of your prized vehicle? If so, schedule your free consultation with one of our design experts.

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