FAQ’s

How much does an automobile elevator cost?

This is like asking, ”How much does a car cost?” There is a pretty wide price range, depending on a number of factors.

So what are the factors that affect the price of an Automobile elevator?

  • Weight Capacity- The weight of an Automobile Elevator starts at 6,000 lbs. and can go up to  20,000 lbs.  A difference in the weight capacity has an effect on the end price.
  • Platform size– Platform size can range from 120 sq./ft. for small cars to 240 sq./ft. for large cars.
  • Cab Walls – Cab walls can be made of glass, painted steel, stainless steel or other materials.
  • Drive system– Hydraulic drive systems and counter weight drive systems have different costs associated with them.
  • Project location – If your building is in a remote location, you can expect to pay more to cover the cost. Some geographical areas such as NYC or LA demand higher price because of the high cost of doing business in those markets.
  • Levels Served – Automobile elevators installed in a building can go from two stops to an unlimited number of floors (depending on the drive system). Each level requires a door, a call station, a controller configuration for that floor and a levelling system at each level.   There will be an extra cost for each additional floor.
  • Travel Height.  Normally, Hydraulic Auto elevators can travel up to 40 feet. There is an additional cost associated with each foot of vertical travel.  For over 40ft of travel, we recommend a different drive system be used rather then hydraulic.
  • Cab Entrances.  There are two styles of cabs;
  • On/off same side (Style 1) or
  • On/off opposite side (Style 2).

Style 2 cabs are the preferred style because the drive is always moving forward.  Style two cost more because of additional door on the Elevator cab.

  • Type of Elevator doors 
  • single section vertical bi- parting
  • two section vertical bi-paring
  • 3 section vertical bi-parting
  • swing, horizontal sliding
What are the different types of Automobile Elevators?

Three Different type:

  • Direct Acting Hydraulic for travel up to 25ft  (7.6m)
  • Roped Hydraulic for travel between 25ft and 70ft  (7.6m to 21.3m)
  • Traction for travel above 7oft  (21.3 m or more)
What is the difference between an Automobile Elevator and a Car Lift?

Automobile Elevators are automatic operation were as Car lifts are constant pressure operation.

What’s the code for Car Elevators in USA and in Canada?

The National code for Car Elevators throughout USA and Canada is ASME A17.1/CSA B-44. The ASME A17.1 is a US standard which is harmonized with the Canadian CSA B-44.

What is the loading class of Car Elevators?

Under the National code, Car Elevators are classified as Class B Loading.

What is the difference between an Automobile Elevator and a Freight Elevator?

An Automobile Elevator & a Freight Elevator are one and the same thing. An Automobile Elevator is a category of the Freight Elevator with a specific loading class (Class B Loading).

What’s the speed of a Car Elevator?

Car Elevators typically travel at a slower speed as compared to full Passenger Elevators. The speed can range from anywhere between 15 fpm to 120 fpm. There is no restriction by code as to how fast or how slow a Car Elevator should go. We can match the requirement of the customer with respect to the speed.

How big is a Car Elevator?

Car Elevators can be as big as the customer requires. The minimum requirement of size is 30 lbs per sq. ft.

Can a Vehicle Elevator save space?

Yes, a Vehicle Elevator can help to save space. The use of a ramp can take up valuable real estate in buildings where space is at a premium, whereas a Vehicle Elevator only takes up vertical space.