Performing a lift on a car has a lot of benefits. Cost is one factor, though, that affects whether or not such a process can be started. The cost of lifting a car is influenced both directly and indirectly by a number of variables, including the car’s size, model, etc. Let’s go over the procedure in detail and clear up any confusion that may be present with CarMats.
Lifting A Car
Cars are lifted for a variety of reasons by both drivers and enthusiasts. Installing larger tires can sometimes be done for the purpose of making a vehicle better suited for off-road driving. It may also be a cosmetic procedure intended merely to present an improved balance, wear resistance, or appearance. Whatever the cause, there are two important things to think about. The first is picking the appropriate kits for the procedure, and the second is picking the appropriate installation strategy, both of which have an impact on the overall cost.
Choosing the Right Toolkit
You will require the lift kit and the leveling kit as two crucial tools in order to complete the lift successfully. Regarding their capabilities, each of these components is distinct.
Leveling kits are used by car owners and enthusiasts to help balance out unbalanced or problematic vehicles. These imbalances frequently occur when heavy equipment is loaded into the vehicle (typically the bed). Leveling kits are only applicable for correcting such unevenness if the required height is within the range of two inches. A lift kit should be used if a lift of more than two inches is required.
These kits come in two types, determined by how many inches they can raise a car. One type consists of small lift kits that can raise cars anywhere from two to five inches. The other varieties include bigger kits that elevate cars by at least six inches.
Suspension Lift vs. Body Lift
Another factor that car enthusiasts should think about is choosing between a suspension lift kit and a body lift kit. The latter is perfect for customers who want to install larger tires without changing the car’s fundamental structure because they can raise the vehicle without compromising its integrity. On the other hand, the former will increase a car’s height but also change its fundamental design. So suspension lift kits frequently cost more than body lift kits.
How Much Does the Kit Cost?
As was already mentioned, the price is directly influenced by the kits you choose. The two main kits are perfect for lifting a car, but because of their different functions and required sizes, they range widely in price. Because they can raise every body part on a vehicle, lift kits typically cost more than leveling kits.
- Lower scale lift kits typically cost $400 to $12,000 and can raise a vehicle by two to five inches.
- Higher-scale lift kits typically cost $10,000 to $15,000 and can raise a car by six inches or more.
- The cost of typical leveling kits typically falls between $200 and $1,000.
Choosing the Right Approach
The installation process also adds an additional cost to lift your car. The installation of the kits can be done in one of two ways: either by doing it yourself (DIY) or by hiring a professional.
Do It Yourself
You should consider that this is a procedure that requires expertise before deciding to take on this task yourself. If you are knowledgeable about the procedure and have the necessary skills to complete the work, you should only attempt to install a lift kit. If not, hiring a professional is your best bet to guarantee an installation that is safe. Lift kit installation may initially appear to be a simple task. But even a small installation mistake can result in a damaged vehicle that is unsafe and prone to breakdowns. Because of this, the cost of fixing a damaged car will be more than the cost of having a professional install the kit.
However, if you have prior experience installing lift kits, you may not need to take these precautions. After installation, it is still advised that you take your car to a licensed mechanic to make sure everything was done properly. A licensed mechanic can look at your installation and tell you if it is safe to use.
Hire a Professional
Installing a lift kit can be difficult for even the most experienced “car guy.” Therefore, having your chosen equipment installed by a professional is always recommended. Hiring a pro will not only make installation simple, but it will also give you peace of mind because a qualified professional will be handling what is frequently a difficult process. During installation, you won’t have to worry about making a critical mistake that could be expensive.
Hiring a professional will undoubtedly cost you a little bit more than DIY installation. The kits, extra work, and car models all influence the cost of installation.
In most cases, the cost of installing a kit is equal to or slightly higher than the cost of the kit itself. For instance, the installation fee for a $150 leveling kit should be about $150. The same holds true for installing a $2000 body lift kit, though the implied cost will be higher for more comprehensive kits.
Which of these two approaches is best for you will largely depend on your familiarity with cars and lift kits.
Add It All Up
Here is an estimate of how much it would cost to lift a car using the kits we covered above.
- A leveling kit that you purchase and install on your own might cost between $400 and $2,000.
- You might spend between $800 and $4000 on a professional. If you do it yourself, buying and installing a lift kit could run you $400 to $4,000. If done by a professional, it could cost between $800 and $12,000.
Lifting a car involves many steps, many of which are not included in the price of the kit itself. But in order to get the best equipment at the most affordable price, be sure to do your research and ask questions in order to determine a price that is truly accurate.