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How is a Versymmetric lift two car lifts in one?
Some garages rely on asymmetric and symmetric car lifts to service the full range of cars, SUVs, vans, trucks and commercial vehicles they’ll inevitably see. These car lifts are designed to lift certain types of vehicles without crossover, necessitating investments in each type of lift to operate at full capacity.

Asymmetric car lifts are designed to lift vehicles with an asymmetrical center of gravity. Asymmetric lifts move the vehicle’s center of gravity back, benefiting most passenger cars with a skewed front-to-back weight ratio. With about 2/3 of the vehicle behind the asymmetric car lift’s posts, the lift minimizes stress on cars’ lift points. The asymmetric design also allows cars’ doors to be fully opened, significantly reducing the risk of door damage. Many shops unknowingly improperly lift larger vehicles (like full size trucks and SUV’s) on asymmetric lifts, putting unnecessary strain on the lift and more quickly wearing lift components.

Symmetric car lifts are traditionally used for vans, trucks or vehicles with generally symmetric weight distribution. Symmetric lifts favor the vehicle in a centered position so the center of gravity can be distributed evenly between lift columns. Two lift arms of equal length face one another from opposing columns in order to lift vehicles with a symmetrical center of gravity.

Versymmetric car lifts provide users with the capabilities of asymmetric and symmetric car lifts. By combining a two-in-one asymmetric and symmetric lifting design in one lift, Versymmetric lifts can safely and properly accommodate cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and vans all within the same service bay.
What is the advantage of Versymmetric technology?
Versymmetric car lifts by Challenger are capable of safely and properly lifting all 20 of 2010’s top selling vehicles, without straining lifting components. These vehicles include:

Ford F-Series Ford Escape Chevy Silverado/CK Chevy Impala
Toyota Camry Dodge Ram Honda Accord Hyundai Sonata
Ford Fusion Chevrolet Equinox Nissan Altima Toyota Prius
Toyota Corolla Toyota RAV4 Honda Civic GMC Sierra
Chevrolet Malibu Nissan Sentra Chevrolet Cruze Hyundai Elantra

Comparatively, a standard asymmetric car lift could handle about 80% of the vehicles listed above, excluding the heavier pickups (Ford F- Series, Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and Dodge Ram).

Still, some garages lacking the proper lift equipment are left little choice but to lift larger vehicles with under-equipped asymmetric car lifts. The result is jeopardized safety and a needlessly compromised vehicle and lift. Lifting large pick-ups and SUVs with an asymmetric lift can cause undue wear and tear on the lift (such as causing the arms to sag) leading to hazardous conditions because of damaged load bearing parts. Also, a compromised lift introduces risk to the vehicle by putting it in a vulnerable position.

Symmetric car lifts – relegated to vehicles with long wheelbases and symmetric centers of gravity - have the capacity to properly handle the remaining 20% of 2010’s top selling vehicles (namely the Ford F-Series, Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and Dodge Ram).
How can Versymmetric technology increase onsite production?
Technicians need to be able to lift every vehicle that rolls into their garages safely and efficiently. Simply put, service facilities make a living working on vehicles of all types, so having the right lift to accommodate the right vehicle is essential in today’s fast-paced shop.

Many garages limit each bay’s potential because they have either an asymmetric or symmetric lift to work with; this restricts bays to servicing either passenger cars and light SUVs or larger trucks and vans, or in the other case, jeopardizes the lift operator’s safety and a customer’s vehicle. Challenger’s Versymmetric lifts effectively serve the purpose of both, maximizing a service bay’s productivity to its full potential.

Symmetric and asymmetric lifts force service facilities to decide what types of vehicles are serviced most, limiting productivity and revenue potential. Turning away business because you don’t have the right car lift for the job threatens a shop’s profitability by adversely impacting the bottom line.
What is the difference between "Asymmetric", "Symmetric" and "Versymmetric®" 2-Post Surface Car Lifts?
Asymmetric car lifts move back the center of gravity of the vehicle. This benefits passenger cars, allowing the door to swing open behind the lift column, minimizing the risk of door damage.

Symmetric car lifts evenly distribute the center of gravity of the vehicle between the lift columns. This benefits truck and vans, allows the door to swing open in-front of the lift column, minimizing the risk of door damage. Symmetrical car lifts are also used for vehicles with uneven weight distribution.

Versymmetric® lifts are the best of both worlds. Instead of limiting your service bay capabilities and revenue potential to servicing "passenger cars only" or "truck and vans only", Challenger Versymmetric® lifts service both. Specially engineered heavy-duty arms allow a technician to safely accommodate just about anything that comes in for service - "asymmetrically or symmetrically" with 1 lift.

Know The Versymmetric Difference!
WARNING...If you try to lift a van or truck on a "asymmetric only" lift, you may be jeopardizing your safety and product warranty - read your warranty statements in installation manuals carefully.
Is Versymmetric® Technology offered by anyone other than Challenger Lifts?
Versymmetric® Technology was established in 1992 and is a registered trademark of Challenger Lifts. Although many automotive lift companies have copied the 2 Lifts in One design, Versymmetric is the original 2 and 1 automotive lift.
How do I become a Distributor?
Challenger Lifts is the fastest growing automotive lift company in the US and has revolutionized the automotive lifting industry with Challenger's exclusive Versymmetric® Technology. Challenger is always looking to help people start or expand their business by adding the Challenger Lifts line of automotive lifting equipment.

To apply to become a Challenger Lifts Distributor, simply fill out our online form here, or call us at 800-648-5438 for additional information. Be sure to ask about our Preferred Distributor Program.
What are the floor requirements to install a lift?
Typically a 4" of 3500 psi concrete cured a minimum of 28 days is the requirement.
I own a Challenger lift, who can I get to service it?
Challenger Lifts has a network of (CAI) Challenger Authorized Installer/ Service companies throughout the United States. To find a Challenger Authorized Installer near you, simply contact us at service@challengerlifts.com or 800-648-5438.
What colors are available?
We are pleased to offer our customers their choice of 5 colors, free of charge with orders of 6 or more lifts and at the time of purchase. (Subject to Factory Approval)

  • Black
  • Dark Blue
  • Red
  • Peppercorn Grey
  • British Racing Green

Lift purchase ranging from 1-5 can get custom painting for $175 NET per lift.
*Custom painting available for CL10seriess, 12000, 15000, & 18000 2 Post lift models and 4015series & AR4015series 4 Post lift models.
We are pleased to offer our customers their choice of 5 colors: Red, Black, British Racing Green, Dark Blue and Pepperkorn Grey. If your customer wants the lift to match the color scheme they have for their business, Challenger Lifts is pleased to provide custom color matching. All we need is a color sample.
What type of electrical requirements do I need?
Voltage depends on the type of lift, standard, short and midrise lifts typically run on standard 110v)120v. The most common voltage for most above ground and inground models is 208 / 230 volt single phase 60 hz. 3 Phase power is available for most models. Consult factory for details.
What are the fluid requirements for car lifts?
Please contact sales@challengerlifts.com for all your fluid requirement questions.
How long will it take to get a lift?
Many of our authorized sales distributors have lifts in stock. Depending on the model you need, there is a good chance one can be scheduled for delivery at your convenience.
Can I install the lift myself?
We consider any lift purchase a major investment and recommend the installation be performed by a Challenger Authorized Installer (CAI). Challenger has a network of authorized installation firms in your area, simply contact us at sales@challengerlifts.com or 800-648-5438 for the (CAI) Challenger Authorized Installer near you.
Do you offer leasing?
Challenger Lifts partners with and can recommend leasing companies. Please contact us at 800-648-5438.
What is an ALI/ETL Certified Lift?
ALI (Automotive Lift Institute) is an association of automotive lift manufacturers that actively promotes safety in design, construction, installation and use of automotive lifts.
An ALI/ETL Certified Lift is a lift that is 3rd party tested by the ETL (Intertek Testing Services), a worldwide testing organization, and meets a specific set of standards. For more information, visit http://autolift.org.
What is the warranty on my Lift?
Lift warranties vary by model. Please contact us at 800-648-5438 for warranty information on your specific lift.
How will my lift be shipped and what kind of equipment do I need to offload my lift purchase?
Lifts are shipped via LTL or Flatbed Freight Carrier. Please consult the factory at 800-648-5438 for more information about shipping arrangements and offloading your product.
What are the differences between above-ground and in-ground car lifts?
Above-ground car lifts are typically mounted or anchored to a concrete surface although there are moveable or portable versions. Various styles of above-ground car lifts include two post, four post with runways, short rise and mid rise, scissor and moveable or mobile column. In-ground car lifts have under surface containments (polymer tubs) which house the guts of the lift. The lifting arms that make vehicle contact are above-ground.
What are the differences between short-rise and mid-rise car lifts?
Short-rise car lifts are generally defined as lifts that have a short rise height (Challenger Lifts SRM10 has a rise of 22"). These are ideal for brake and tire work since they do not require a tall rise height for their application. Mid-rise car lifts are scissor style lifts that feature a medium rise height (Challenger Lifts MR6 has a rise of 53-1/4").
How do I determine the type of automotive lift that would be best for me?
With so many automotive lift types on the market, we recommend contacting us at sales@challengerlifts.com or 800-648-5438. We will have one of our factory trained lift experts contact you to discuss your automotive lift needs.
What are the differences between the Four Post Automotive Lift models?
Challenger Lifts has the most comprehensive line of automotive lifts on the market including several four post lift models. Models were designed to meet the needs of every customer on every budget. For specific model differences please visit each model's section of the website and download the individual Features & Benefits and Product Sheets.
What are the differences between the Two Post Automotive Lift models?
Challenger Lifts has the most comprehensive line of automotive lifts on the market including several two post lift models. Models were designed to meet the needs of every customer on every budget. For specific model differences please visit each model's section of the website and download the individual Features & Benefits and Product Sheets.
What are the lifting capacities of Challenger Lifts?
From 6,000 lbs. to over 144,000 lbs., Challenger Lifts will have an automotive lift that accommodates your lifting needs.
Which car lifts require the least amount of space?
Challenger Lifts offers car lifts that address the needs of everyone from large car dealers to smaller independent repair shops to home enthusiasts. If you have spatial constraints such as a narrow bay or low ceiling, we have car lifts to fit every bay. Contact our Facility Layout Planning department or sales@challengerlifts.com to ensure proper fit of a lift.
Why buy new when used is cheaper?
Used car lifts can cause more problems than new because they may not be properly serviced and maintained according to the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations. Used lifts, therefore, could cost you more in the long run. Read more about this concern here.
How can Challenger Lifts help with layout design?
Challenger Lifts offers FREE CAD layout services to help our customers maximize their automotive lift installation. This helps service managers visualize their service center layout. Learn more about our CAD layout services here.
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