The topic of lifts comes up fairly regularly at Kaffeeklatsch and on the Facebook page. I for one would love to have a two post lift in my garage, but alas, the ceiling height of my garage precludes it. If you have been hatching the idea in the back of your brain, hopefully this primer will help you a little bit in narrowing down the type of lift that would work for you.
The first thing to consider in choosing the type of lift you would like is the primary purpose you wish to achieve. Most I’ve talked to are primarily interested in increasing their indoor storage area. They have a two car garage, but have 3 cars. A lift can solve that issue for you. The secondary feature most want is the ability to service their car themselves. For me, my primary interest was servicing the car, not storing one.
So, let’s look at the different types of lifts and their pros and cons.
FOUR POST LIFT
TWO POST LIFT
ONE POST LIFT
I have just returned from the Porsche Southpoint Grand Opening. And what a gala affair it was! Not only were there many cars there from Bob Ingram's collection, there was a staff of incredibly nice and receptive people there to greet us. But there is one gentleman in particular I wanted to mention: Brian is a new service technician who joined the Porsche Southpoint team just two weeks ago and who has only been working on Porsches for about a year, having been a Maserati and Ferrari tech previously. Tasked with manning the door to the shop during the grand event, Brian didn't get to see any of the festivities happening "front of house", but he undertook his task with aplomb and took time to talk to my son, Grant, about the alignment he had recently performed on our '03 Boxster, patiently explaining the issues he encountered with the alignment. Brian is extremely friendly and personable and I am glad I had the opportunity to get to know him better. So, thanks Porsche Southpoint for that, lots of good wine and food, the enjoyable company of your staff, and most importantly, parking Yellowbird right out front for all to see!!!