3 Things You Need to Know Before Buying Car Ramps

January 27, 2012

A quality set of car ramps can make doing an oil change or draining a radiator a lot easier; however, there are a few things you should consider before buying a pair. So, here is a list of things you should know about car ramps to be used with your vehicle. 

Maximum Weight Limit

This is critical when purchasing car ramps for use with your car or truck. Make sure you know what the curb weight of your vehicle (the weight of the vehicle without any passengers or cargo) is, and buy car ramps that are rated for weights much higher. In fact, buy car ramps that support as much as weight as possible while remaining in your price range. For most cars and trucks, a maximum load rating of between 6500 - 10,000 pounds is appropriate and car ramps with these ratings can be purchased for between $25 and $100.

Always Buy Made in U.S.A

Although there are a few decent imported car ramps available, you should always buy car ramps made in the U.S.A. Car ramps made in America are more reliable and safe. This is crucial when you will be crawling underneath the front end of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. Car ramps made in America are manufactured using much better processes and quality inspection protocols. If you must choose an imported set of car ramps, look for ramps made in Europe and stray from those made in China or Taiwan.

Low Profile Car Ramps

If your vehicle is low profile, or does not have much ground clearance, choose low profile car ramps. These types of ramps are designed with longer, more gradual inclines that allow a low profile sports car or vehicle to be driven on to the ramps without touching or damaging the undercarriage of the vehicle.