A Refreshingly Quick Guide to Spotting Vehicles

Drive; stop; back up; drive. Oops. Back up again.

If you recongnize that beat, you might work in an auto repair shop – it’s a familiar dance for anyone who has spotted vehicles on an auto lift. Here’s some good news: You can change the stop-and-go rhythm. A laser spotting kit like Spotline can make the process of spotting cars quick and easy. Check out our 3-steps to faster spotting. (Spoiler alert: They’re all easy.) 



1. Install a Laser Spotting System

If you’re in the market for a new lift, look for one, like the inground Rotary Shockwave™ equipped SmartLift®, that has a laser spotting system. If you’re not looking to buy a new lift, you can easily install the Spotline kit on nearly any surface or inground lift. All you have to do is position it in the center of the lift above the work area; for example, on a two-post lift’s overhead bar. The key is to install it dead-center so it can serve as an accurate guide.

2. Line It Up

When you approach the auto lift, the laser guide is automatically activated. As soon as it switches on, you’ll see a clear line across the hood of the vehicle and then down the interior of the car. Now hold on…this next part is pretty tricky.

3. Drive On

Then you just drive it in while keeping that line in the middle of the vehicle. There’s no hanging out the window to check whether you’re lined up properly, and you can finish it in one shot instead of doing the drive forward, back up and start over jig. Follow the guide, and you’ll be aligned with the correct lifting points so you can rack the vehicle properly.

That’s it! Along with making a sometimes frustrating task easier, using a laser guide also prevents damage to the lift from uneven loading. This is one tool that’s simple to install, simple to use and makes a technician’s life a whole lot easier.

Check out Johnathan Lane, ASE Certified Technician for Ed Morse Automotive Group talk about the advantages of Rotary Lift's Spotline Laser. 

Contact a distributor to get pricing information about a Spotline for your lift.