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Automotive big wigs gather every year for one of the biggest events in industry. Yes the SEMA show in Las Vegas. It takes place at the end of October into the first few days of November every year. On display are all kinds of cool new concept cars, automotive related products as well as informational booths.
One such informational feature was The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift inspector Certification program. This program aims to teach industry technicians and other professionals the points of inspecting automotive lifts. Auto lifts are required to be inspected at least once a year according to ANSI lift standards. This is the first program of it’s kind that addresses this need. Prior to this, there was no program to reference as a standard. Of course, there could be no better candidate to choose to run a program of this nature, since ALI is the authority on all things pertaining to vehicle lifts.
The program goes through critical aspects of lift inspection, including operational functions, maintenance, as well as repair. It will go over all types of features relating to lifts, like electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, structural and mechanical features. There has been a lack of certified lift inspectors, so this could not have come at a better time. Most inspections have been performed by technicians who may not be qualified to assess the condition of the lift. This program assures that technicians will be qualified in the future to inspect any vehicle lift. ALI will also issue a directory which will list all of the certified technicians.
If you haven’t been inspecting your lifts on a frequent basis, now is the time to start. Check in with ALI to locate a qualified inspector near you.
The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has warned that they have received specific reports that certain lift manufacturers are making false claims that their lifts are ALI Certified. Reports have surfaced in several areas, including England as well as the USA of lift distributors making these misleading claims. ALI has a special page on their web site dedicated to pointing out these offenders and shining the light of truth on the situation. They point out numerous circumstances of manufacturers and distributors from across the globe of similar circumstances under the heading – “Buyer Beware”.
It is vitally important that all instances of fraudulent Certification claims be vetted out and shown to the buying public. If allowed to go unchallenged, false certification claims would lead to consumers purchasing potentially inferior lifts, all the while assuming that their lift meets all the various safety and quality standards that ALI is so well known for.
If a distributor tells you their Car Lift is indeed ALI Certified, but you’re not certain, you can confirm it by going to the ALI web site. They have a section there that lists every manufacturer and every single model lift that is ALI Certified. Don’t get taken by an unscrupulous salesman. Verify what they are telling you is true. It’s unfortunate that consumers still cannot trust everything a company tells them these days.
Many bargain car lift manufacturers who cannot claim that their lifts are ALI Certified try to make misleading claims that are meant to distract you from the fact that their lifts are inferior to an ALI Certified lift.
Here are some of those most common misleading claims –
• Claims that state their lifts “Meet or Exceed Standard ANSI/ALI B‐153.1” . This claim is meaningless. This standard does not exist any longer.
• Claims that state their lift “Meets all ANSI Standards” are meaningless. There are no other standards when it comes to lift construction. The only lift standard is ANSI/ALI ALCTV. In order to meet ANSI/ALI ALCTV. The lift will require certification.
• Claims that state their car lift “Meets OSHA Requirements” are meaningless. OSHA has no requirements regarding car lifts, but they can and will issue citations for Auto Lifts. Their General Duty Clause covers this.
• Any manufacturer that claims “This lift is ALA Certified” is meaningless. ALA (Automotive Lift Association) is supposed to be an organization of suspect lift suppliers but is not endorsed by ANSI or OSHA. ALA appears to be an entity that is fictitious, created merely to confuse purchasers, and inspectors.
• Some manufacturers have implied “The lift is MAMTC Certified”. Once again, this claim is worthless. MAMTC (Mid‐America Manufacturing Technology Center) is a sub-entity of Wichita State University which at one time, attempted to certify a certain particular lift model. Test Reports on MAMTC letterhead stated that a single particular lift complied with ANSI B153.1 – 1990. However, this certification is meaningless because MAMTC is not a Nationally Recognized Test Facility, and it is an obsolete standard.
As you can see, you have to be on your toes when investigating automotive lifts. There are many unscrupulous dealers out there who will say anything to make a sale.
Just as always, it’s buyer beware.
You hear us tell you all the time about BendPak Car Lifts and truck lifts being ALI Certified. But what exactly does it mean when a lift is ALI Certified? It means a lot.
An automotive lift that has the ALI gold seal of approval shows that it has undergone a set of rigorous tests to prove it meets the required ANSI standards for lift safety and quality. These lifts are tested in an independent certified lab (ETL labs).
It also means that the manufacturer’s facilities are periodically inspected to assure they comply with certain standards as well.
ALI is the recognised authority when it comes to the quality and safety standards for automotive lifts. There is no other body that has the recognition that ALI does.
This all means that you can purchase with confidence when your lift has the ALI certified gold sticker on it.
Unfortunately, lately some lift manufacturers and distributors have sunk so low as to claim their lifts are ALI Certified when they are not. Check out ALI’s Buyer Beware post on their web site to see how many companies out there are purposely deceiving consumers. You can also go to ALI’s web site for much more information on this subject, and others, including which manufacturers and which specific models are ALI Certified, lift safety practices, what procedures they use to test auto lifts to make sure they meet standards, and much, much more.