QuickJack… or Should I get a Bigger Car Lift?

“Can’t I just get a full-size car lift instead of a QuickJack for the same price?”

It’s a question we often hear from customers who are concerned with getting the most bang for their buck. We agree that getting great value is something every smart buyer should be thinking about. So, how much is a car lift really worth, and how much should it cost?

Ferrari on a QuickJack with persona standing nearby and power unit with other equipment on floor.
QuickJack leaves plenty of room for your other tools

If price were all that mattered, you could easily find a car lift for under $1,500 (plus installation fees). But your personal car lift is one of the more impressive and important tools you can buy. It’s specially designed to lift and hold a precious and expensive commodity several feet in the air. For the “bargain” of $1,500, it’s wise to question the quality what you’re getting.

More importantly, however, a low-dollar lift is like putting a low value on your life. You’re trusting this thing to work all day, every day—in some cases, around the clock. Your personal safety is worth more than a few hundred dollars in savings, especially when those savings directly affect the overall quality and safety of your lift. We’ll help guide you through what you need to know about those bargain barrel car lifts.

Certification matters. Almost certainly, a cheap lift will not be Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) certified. This is the only certification that matters on a two-post or four-post lift, so any other claims about “rugged design and safety standards” are utterly meaningless. Furthermore, it was probably designed and manufactured in a random offshore facility with little regard for quality control. Parts servicing is a real issue for these lifts, and that’s why you rarely ever see these brands in professional environments. Knowledgeable gearheads young and old won’t even bring these off-brand lifts into their homes. Always, always, always remember: there’s no such thing as a “starter lift.”

Speaking of professionalism, QuickJack is a BendPak product, and BendPak car lifts are industry staples worldwide, in both home garages and professional shops. The BendPak name is meaningful to people. Our full-size lifts will cost a little more than the cheap-o brands, but that’s because we invest in safety, quality and ALI certification; we also maintain our own production facilities.

BendPak two-post car lift with SUV
BendPak-XPR-10S two-post lift

Still, it’s not just cost that’s at play here. QuickJack is not meant to replace the function of a two-post or four-post lift. QuickJack lifts vehicles about 21” off the ground, which is a bit more than you might get from a floor jack and jack stands. Our car lift is meant to replace those jacks and stands with a faster, safer lifting alternative. It can’t possibly replace a lift that offers 75” of clearance. While everyone who works on cars would probably love a big, beautiful two-post, not everyone has the ceiling height for it. Others don’t want to drill into their concrete and have a permanent, space-killing fixture in their homes.

Two QuickJack frames under a lifted car.
Showing off QuickJack’s safe supportive, and open-center design.

QuickJack is the industry’s best solution to these concerns. When it comes to safety, it’s certified according to the rigorous 98/37/EC Machinery Directive and the Harmonized Standard for vehicle lifts, EN-1493, the best possible safety award in its class. Car lift companies proudly certify their lifts and put their brand label in large font somewhere on the lift columns. Those cheap lifts often feature re-branded labels fabricated by dealers. They sell these generic products as if they were original brands. To make matters worse, they try to sell you on the idea of “value.”

A good value isn’t just the cheapest price, as they’d have you believe. For some reason, some buyers spend tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on their cars, but when it comes to buying a lift, draw the line over a few hundred bucks. Finding great value is important, but the first thing these cheap brands sacrifice is safety. QuickJack is built rugged out of high-quality, 14-gauge stainless steel. It’s going to last for many, many years of continuous service. In our experience, the $1,500 car lift you see on sale in that weekly mailer is a guaranteed service nightmare down the road. Those fees for parts and labor add up, and you’re likely to desire a higher-quality product before long anyway. But again, QuickJack is more than just a high-quality lift option. It’s often the only option for people who can’t fit or a full lift in their home garage. It offers a safe and certified way to work on your car, whereas the cheapest full-size car lifts compromise your personal safety with cheap steel, thin components and cut corners left and right.

Car lift side-by-side arm screw comparison.
Arm comparison: Cheap Brand vs. BendPak

Compared to a full-size lift, there’s also a lot less involved in owning and operating QuickJack. When it comes to ease-of-use, QuickJack requires a one-time setup you’ll probably do in about 30 minutes, and there’s very little upkeep after that. And when it comes to portability, its built-in wheels let you roll it out in seconds and set it up without breaking a sweat.

QuickJack frames stacked against a garage wall.
Store QuickJack almost anywhere

So back to the initial point. Can you get a full-size car lift for under $1,500? Yes. But you probably shouldn’t. QuickJack is an affordable option that delivers right to your door—and it comes with free shipping! Our portable car lift offers the safety you need in the convenient lifting package you deserve.

Still seriously thinking about that knockoff lift? Didn’t think so.

Car covered in soap on top of QuickJack car lift
QuickJack frames are safe for your next car wash and detail