Getting access to the underneath of a vehicle can be difficult at times, and vehicle lifts are a quick and efficient way to see what’s going on.

We supply a wide range of mechanical and hydraulic vehicle lifts, which include 2 post, 4 post, mobile columns and scissor lifts for everything from motorcycles to HGV’s.

The Automotive Tools Process

When you work with Automotive Tools you get more than just a vehicle lift, we help you throughout the process of purchasing a lift from start to finish.

Site survey

First, we can provide you with a site survey to ensure you purchase a lift that not only meets your lifting requirements but is also adequate for your premises.

This will allow us to ensure the space you’re going to use is appropriate for the vehicle lift. Being a significant investment, you don’t want to order a vehicle lift online only to find you can’t fit it anywhere due to it being too big. We’ll also be able to advise you on which product would be most beneficial to lift the vehicles you generally work on.

We’ll start by inspecting the floor, as the concrete needs to be at least 150mm thick. This will keep the equipment anchored down safely without the risk of falling. This is also important as many older buildings, such as converted mills, could have thin concrete floors around 50mm thick covering old stone flags.

We’ll be able to test the floor, should it need doing, with a drill test to check the concrete’s depth. Should the floor be inadequate, we can advise what groundworks will be required before moving forward with the installation of the equipment.

We’ll also need to check the area where the equipment will stand, as this will help to determine the type of lift. It also allows us to make sure you are compliant with health and safety regulations after the installation is complete. Taking into consideration many things, for example checking the available walkway around the lift, and ensuring that there’s enough space for you to make a quick and safe exit in the event of a fire.

Headroom and electrical supply will also be checked to determine the type of lift that can be installed.


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Once the site is ready, our team will be able to provide the installation.

All of our engineers are approved by the Garage Equipment Association, which we have been a member of for the last 10 years. Ensuring high-quality at all times, our engineers are sent to become GEA approved before commencing work for us and are re-tested once approval expires every three years. This ensures they’re up to date with all the latest industry standards and regulations.


To ensure you get the most out of your investment, regular maintenance will be required. The Garage Equipment Association advises that you conduct daily and monthly inspections, however, six-monthly maintenance inspections are compulsory.

From the main structure of the lift to arm locks, leveling devices, toe guards, limit switches and everything else in-between, Automotive Tools can service your equipment regularly.

This will help to increase its lifespan by catching any issues early and rectifying them. These inspections will ensure your lifts meet all required regulations, including:

  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulation (LOLER) – Reg.9
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) – Reg.6


At Automotive Tools we stock a wide range of equipment manufactured by OMCN, which all carry 12-month parts and labour warranty.

An Italian manufacturer with over 600 CE approved and certified products they’re known worldwide for their superior products, which are exported to over 100 countries. Here in the UK, we are the largest stockist of genuine OMCN spare parts. These parts are available from the factory for 10 years after a model of lift has gone out of production, ensuring you get more out of your investment.

An investment in your future, the range from OMCN can lift vehicles from 2.8 to 60 tons and are constantly evolving, meaning you’ll find something to match your requirements.

Large Vehicle Lift OMCN


When working with Automotive Tools you’ll always have peace of mind that you’re in safe hands.

Our technical sales team has more than 35 years of experience between them, which means they’ll be able to provide a solution that meets your needs and provide advice whenever you require it, regardless of the type of lift you have.

Questions for customers

When purchasing a vehicle lift, there are some questions we ask customers to think about before talking to us, which gives us a better understanding of their needs. These are:

  • What kind of vehicles, or range of vehicles, are you working on?
  • What are the weight and size of the vehicles?
  • How much space is available? (including headroom)
  • What type of electrical supply do you have?
  • What is the depth of concrete where it will be anchored?
  • Are you looking for a hydraulic or mechanical lift?

To find out more about our vehicle lifts and to get answers to your questions, please get in touch today by phone 01282 771432 or email