How tall does a garage have to be for a car lift?

I'm getting a car lift so I can work on a car in my spare time. It's an old classic that I want to repair, but I want to make sure my garage is tall enough. How tall does my garage have to be?

Lauren Smith · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Working on
classic cars
can be a fun and rewarding project; I hope you enjoy it!
There are many different types of lifts, some specially made with home garages in mind.
You can explore options, like:
  • Four-post lifts, which bolt into your floor and don’t move. You can usually drive your car onto these. These lift your vehicle from four corners and are considered the most secure.
  • Two-post lifts, which also bolt into your floor and don’t move. These lift your car from the middle of the vehicle.
  • Parking lifts. This lift allows you to park another car under it, saving parking space by parking vertically. They are generally expensive and large.
  • Scissor lifts. They are portable and suitable for smaller repairs.
  • Parallelogram floor lifts. Similar to the scissor lift with a different style of raising the car (parallel hydralic legs instead of crossing legs).
  • In-ground lifts. These build into the floor of your garage. You can keep your garage space with these as they hide in the floor when not in use.
The height you need for each lift will differ. A general rule of thumb is to try for a minimum of 12 foot ceilings in your garage so that you have enough space for the car, the lift, and yourself. Don’t forget to leave enough space around the lift for you to work as well—at least two feet on every side.
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