When I was looking I noticed that many of the repair shops used Bendpak so that was a factor in my selection. There are many Brand Name lifts but I understand most are made in China - if that matters. Most "basic" lifts have 7,000 lb to 9,000 lb rating. That is 2 to 3 times that actual weight of the cars I store on them. The overall dimensions are all pretty much the same - a couple inches wider, longer, higher so probably not a concern. With all that said - I know some people have very strong opinions on good versus bad lifts. Do a Google search and you will find all kinds of brands and some can be twice the price of others - the higher priced ones claim USA Made - Not some China junk.
Some "options" include drive-up ramps, drip pans, jack stands, and casters (roll the lift around - with or without a car on it). Some are included others cost more. Drip pans can be obtained at the local auto parts store for $10 and can be made to fit - another option is to purchase some plywood and cut to size - a lot cheaper than the factory available pans.
One thing to consider - the one in the picture requires air pressure (about 20 psi) to release the safety locks. I have another brand at our other house and the safety locks are mechanically activitated (I can't remember the brand name at this time but if your interested I will be at the other house next week and can provide that information).
Finally, assembly - The heaviest piece is about 400 lbs, the next heaviest is probably 200 lbs, all the other pieces are probably 100lbs max. I was told it takes two people to assemble. I was able to assemble the last one by myself (OK, I needed my girlfriend to help lift one of the rather light but ackward sub-assemblies). I used a rolling hydralic jack and a couple pieces of 4x4. It took me about 6 hours.
Alot of choices in the $2,500 range.
Hope this helps.
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