The Real Cost of an Auto Lift

When it's time to buy a new auto lift, remember this truth: You won’t find the cost on the price tag. Not the whole cost, anyway. If you’ve ever owned a lift – or any other piece of equipment – you know there are other expenses associated with that ownership, and those expenses can really add up if you choose the wrong lift. There are several things that contribute to the actual, total, lifetime cost of a lift:

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Our Top 4 Training Tips for Mobile Lifts

When someone first sees a mobile column lift, they usually think one of two things:

  • There’s no way I’m standing under that!
  • How hard can it be?

The truth is, both lines of thought are valid. Mobile lifts are easy to maneuver and set up, but safety should always be top of mind. And the key to safety is training (and reminding and retraining). Here are four tips for making sure your techs learn – and remember – how to use this handy piece of equipment correctly.

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How to protect your auto lift investment.

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Purchasing a new lift is a big investment. If you want a quality piece of equipment you'll need to drop a considerable amount of money, and once you've got it in your shop, you'll want to keep it in mint condition as long as possible. After all, a broken lift can't generate revenue.

When taking care of your lift, be sure to follow the maintenance procedures recommended by the manufacturer in the owner's manual. Keep in mind, maintenance and inspection requirements vary for different styles and brands of lifts. In addition, follow the tips below to protect your investment.

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Rotary SmartLift®: The Wise Choice for Your Business

As a business owner, you have a lot of decisions to make about how to use your resources wisely. Whether you're investing in new employees or essential equipment like car lifts, a wise investment will meet or even exceed your expectations. A Rotary SmartLift has been a wise investment that meets expectations again and again. Here's why.

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The Real Cost of Fleet Downtime

Every time your fleet needs repairs, the repair itself is only part of the total cost. Time off the road increases driver downtime and can lead to customer delays, towing expenses and more. The good news is, some repairs can be done faster with the right equipment, or detected early and prevented all together.

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How to run a safe shop with truck lifts

When you’re working with equipment that weighs upwards of 20,000 or 60,000 lbs., safety should always be on your mind. Is your shop the safest it can be? Are your techs using equipment appropriately? Here are three important areas to focus on so you can keep your techs safe around truck lifts.

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Tech Tip: Spot Vehicles Faster

If you've ever had to spot vehicles on an auto lift, you know the stop-and-go dance it takes to get it right. 

But it doesn't have to be a guessing game. With a laser spotting kit like Spotline, you can spot vehicles faster and more accurately—every time.

Check out our 3-steps to easier spotting below.

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Add Revenue by Servicing Medium-Duty Trucks

Rotary Lift_Blog Image_Add RevenueExpanding your service capabilities beyond light-duty trucks can prove to be lucrative, thanks to strong sales  that show medium-duty trucks—ranging from 10,001 to 26,000 pounds—are in high demand. The reason: They’re workhorses that allow drivers to transport heavy goods easily and safely, but don’t require a CDL license to operate.

“The number of companies that have drivers with a commercial driver’s license is almost nil,” Doug Acker of Mark Christopher Chevrolet in Ontario, Calif., told Business Fleet.

So while these workhorse trucks are made to adapt  to the needs of a variety of businesses, they do need regular—and specialized—service to keep up with the demands placed on them by users. That’s why investing in versatile lifting equipment can help increase your customer base—and your bottom line.

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Six reasons to consider upgrading your alignment equipment. [Video]

For years, the technology behind alignment equipment has advanced one small improvement at a time. Recently, big strides have been made in alignment to help shops save space and become more efficient. Many of those steps have been made by a company that you already know and trust: Rotary.

Today, Rotary offers a full line of wheel service equipment that includes changers and balancers. But it’s Rotary’s wheel alignment systems that really turn heads, because its major addition comes in the form of subtraction—their machines don’t require large, obstructive camera towers. And that’s just the beginning. Take a look at these six reasons to consider Rotary above the competition.

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5 signs that your vehicle lift needs to be repaired.

There are very few pieces of equipment in your shop that are as important as your vehicle lifts. They let you perform service and repairs efficiently, profitably and with minimal maintenance. That said, they’re not maintenance-free. Preventive maintenance minimizes downtime and increases the life of your lift. Most importantly, it reduces the chance of injury to your service techs and to your customer’s property.

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