The reason why I want to point out how important it is to be using the right SUV lifts is because I once got my pretty JEEP damaged because of using a faulty hydraulic auto lift. I used to live in a multistoried apartment in the outskirts of NY with my girl friend, and we had this great SUV. Parking was a serious issue there, which is why we eventually had to shift homes.
As the space was a constraint, the apartment owners provided some of us with hydraulic lift automotive devices. This way we could park two vehicles in the space that could accommodate only once normally. This was great, although we did face some inconvenience initially, as to who will park their vehicle on the top, and who needs to drive out first. But that was not the real trouble.
While the SUV lift was too narrow (or at least we felt it that way), we found it to be dangerously slippery. There was no surface treatment done to make the hydraulic auto lift offer the minimum friction that is required to prevent accidents. Also, the garage floor had a slope, and for some reason the lift was not perfectly horizontally installed.
It was a job done in hurry, and for cheap, the price of which had to be paid by my poor Jeep in the very first month we started using the hydraulic lift automotive unit! My girl friend parked the vehicle, got down from it, and pressed the button the make the platform rise. By the time the platform stopped, my car started to skid down the other way, and it slipped off the platform! It was such a shock for both of us as we stood there and watched this happen.
Therefore there are a few things that I would like to point out based on my experience:
- Don’t go for a hydraulic auto lift unless it has the right safety features
- Always try to purchase the SUV lifts from reliable and established brands
- Make sure the installation is done in the proper way to prevent accidents in the future
I guess these have been programmed to my mind after that incident. We still have our Jeep, and it does great. But that crash has left a dent on the boot, that I think will be ahrd to get rid off!