When it comes to quality car storage solutions, one small mistake in your setup or routines can limit how effective these solutions actually are. Improper use of your car parking lifts, for example, can result in a more time-consuming process that frustrates customers and employees alike, losing stability and profit.
Here are seven mistakes you might be making with your car storage solutions, and how to fix them:
Mistake #1: Building a New Parking Garage
If you’re running out of storage space, buying up more property and building a new parking garage isn’t the first step you should take to increase your capacity. There are a lot of ways to increase your existing space using the car storage you already have, and chief among these solutions is car parking lifts.
By opting for a car parking lift system, you can double or even triple your available car storage space, quickly expanding your business without expanding your space (or your carbon footprint). It’s a great technique to increase profit margins too.
Mistake #2: Neglecting Regular Maintenance
Having scheduled maintenance for all of your mechanical engineering needs can save you a lot of money, reducing the need for emergency repairs or the loss of functioning car parking lifts at inopportune moments.
To keep your parking garage well-maintained, connect with a reliable mechanical engineering team that has experience with professional car storage systems and car parking lifts. Our team at Mathews Mechanical is dedicated to providing value-driven solutions to our customers. Take a look at our line card for more information on the wide variety of services we offer.
Mistake #3: Not Considering Safety Precautions
Many car parking lifts and other storage solutions come with incorporated safety features. Educate yourself, your employees, and anyone else who may be operating the lifts on what these features are and how to set them up correctly for a totally secure and safe working environment.
Some of the pre-installed safety features our customers enjoy include anti-theft locking and tire blocks to prevent cars from rolling or moving on the lift. Knowing how to properly operate these features is essential for keeping your professional car storage solutions safe for everyone. Plus, taking the right safety precautions can keep your car storage well-functioning for years to come.
Mistake #4: Allowing Untrained Individuals to Operate Lifts
There’s a reason you don’t see many car parking lifts in public self-serve parking lots. Car parking lifts are dangerous when operated incorrectly, putting the vehicle and bystanders at risk. Make sure no one ever attempts to operate car parking lifts in your facility unless they are fully trained and authorized to do so.
Mistake #5: Waiting To Make Repairs (or opting for DIY)
When a car parking lift breaks down, this limits your car storage availability and cuts into your profits. Rather than scheduling an appointment and waiting weeks or months to have it fixed, you need it repaired as soon as possible to guarantee no significant impact on your business.
The other side of the coin is attempting to troubleshoot and make repairs on your own. While this may save you some money in the short term, it can have long-term repercussions when your faulty car parking lift isn’t analyzed and serviced by a trained professional. This can even mean paying more down the line if your DIY attempt causes more harm than good.
We understand how important it is for our customers to keep their cars moving, which is why we proudly offer 24/7 emergency support via our team of highly qualified engineers and service technicians.
Mistake #6: Choosing the Wrong Car Parking Lift
Car lift elevators are great for basic storage solutions, but there are other car parking lift options that may serve your unique situation even better, each with its own benefits:
- Simple Stackers are quick and easy for valet parking or other supervised vehicle retrieval and storage businesses.
- Showroom Lifts help auto dealers maneuver vehicles and display them beautifully for potential buyers to study from several perspectives.
- In-Ground Auto Lifts are ideal for smaller car storage solutions where optimizing space is the top priority.
It’s also important to know the weight limits and other restrictions the type of car stacker you’re considering may entail. For instance, some basic lifts cannot bear the weight of heavier automobiles, making them less ideal for car storage companies looking to serve all clientele.
Mistake #7: Limiting Your Options
Just because a car storage solution works for your competitors or colleagues doesn’t mean it’s right for you. In part, we’re referring to which car parking lift you opt to invest in, but we also mean the setup and installation of those lifts as well. Some car parking lift installers only offer a limited scope of sizes and styles that limit what your business can do. At Mathew Mechanical, our car storage systems are customized to your exact needs and specifications.
Before investing in a car parking lift, research all the options available to you and have a conversation with our experts to determine the perfect custom car storage solution for your needs.