Inground Vs. Above Ground Car Lifts


Are you considering an inground or above ground car lift? Had you even thought about it yet? If not, no worries – we’re here to help outline the primary differences between each so you can narrow down your choices.


Inground lifts are traditional car lifts that have been used for over twenty years. They were especially popular in the 1980s, but since the introduction of above ground (or surface mounted) car lifts, they have grown less popular. However, there are still many great features with an inground car lift.


For instance, inground lifts to suit almost any vehicle type – one or two piston lifts can be used for smaller, more compact vehicles, while three or four piston lifts can be used for larger vehicles. The main difference between this type of lift and an above ground car lift is where the lifting assemblies sit.


As the names imply, the inground lift is literally fastened below the floor level (under the ground). This means inground lifts are not portable and cannot be moved to different locations with ease. Above ground car lifts, however, sit on top of the floor.


Two post surface mounted car lifts have taken the place of inground lifts as the most popular type of car lift today. Mechanic, hydraulic or electronic synchronization allows the lift arms to ride up each column smoothly. And these types of lifts are extremely portable, allowing you to move them to different locations whenever the need arises.


All in all, there are different benefits to both the inground and above ground car lifts. It all depends on your needs. Do you want a heavy duty lift that can service almost any type of vehicle? Or are you looking for something more portable? The decision is up to you, but we’re here to answer any questions you may have.


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