How To Measure Your Garage Door For A Car Lift Installation



  1. Measure garage door height when opened
  2. Measure top vehicle height (A) from deck lid to ground.
  3. Add runway height (B) (normally 5”)
  4. Measure lower vehicle height from roof to ground (C)
  5. Subtract dimensions A, B & C from garage door height. There should be some clearance to allow
  6. lowering the lifted vehicle on to the locks
  7. Make sure both vehicles total height with runways clearance does not exceed ceiling height

How Do I Know If A Car Lift Is Right For My Garage?

Whether you’re looking to increase the storage space in your garage or store a summer vehicle during those long winter days, a car lift provides a great way to re-invent your garage space – even if you have never considered it before. To determine if installing a car lift is right for you, here are answers to some common car lift questions.

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How much space do I need?

A car lift will optimize any space, so don’t fret if you’re concerned that your garage is too small. The car lift itself will fit into one bay space and it is optimal to have 11-12 feet clearance height. Garage Living also has modified garage doors to accommodate the lift. The door is modified by extending the garage door tracks to the ceiling and replacing the ceiling-mounted motor with a side-mounted Jack shaft operator.

How much can a car lift hold?

The 8,000 lbs. standard car lift supports sedans, small vehicles and sports cars, while the 8,000 lbs. long car lift also supports mid-size SUVs and pickup trucks. Finally, the 9000 lbs. standard car lift is the perfect choice for large SUVs and pickup trucks.

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How does Garage Living install the car lift in my garage?

Our team of installers will arrive on-site to erect the lift. The car lift does not have to be anchored to function effectively, but it can be anchored if you prefer. Once the lift is installed, we’ll test it to make sure everything is working correctly. It runs on a 110 outlet, raises electrically and lowers hydraulically. After the car lift is installed, our team will explain to you how to use the lift. You can feel comfortable and have your questions answered.


Is a car lift safe?

Lifts are installed by using locking pins in each post with a secondary locking mechanism. Our installers are ANSI certified to ensure customer safety. We also provide Lift inspection services, usually with our maintenance plans for all of our customers. Call us at 1-800-225-7234 for more information.


Where can I learn more?

Our FAST Equipment team can help you determine if a car lift is the right solution for your space, so contact us at 1-800-225-7234 today to learn more about your options. Please inquire about our financing plan

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