Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI)

Cortland, NY 13045


About Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI)


PO Box 85
Cortland, NY 13045

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Originally founded in 1945 as the trade association of U.S. manufacturers of in-ground lifts, the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), in cooperation with the National Bureau of Standards, sponsored the first standard governing automotive lifts (CS142) in 1947.

Currently credentialed by ANSI, and recognized by the International Accreditation Forum as an Accredited Standards Developer and a Product Certification Organization, ALI sponsors several nationally recognized automotive lift safety standards and offers a Third-Party Certification Program for automotive lift products and automotive lift inspection services provided by inspectors.

Products & Press Releases

ALI Digital Vehicle Lifting Points Guide (2023)
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Digital Vehicle Lifting Points Guide (2023)

Jan. 10, 2023
The Automotive Lift Institute Digital Vehicle Lifting Points Guide (2023) covers cars, SUVs, vans, light duty trucks, and EVs from model years 2000 through 2023. It's designed...
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Service Repair

Model year 2000-2021 OEM-recommended lifting points available in new guide from ALI

Jan. 26, 2021
The 2021 edition of Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts from the Automotive Lift Institute includes OEM lifting points for cars, SUVs, vans and light-duty trucks from...
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Automotive Lift Institute reelects Jeff Kritzer chairman of board

Dec. 15, 2020
Jeff Kritzer of BendPak (Santa Paula, California) was elected to a second one-year term as chairman of the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Board of Directors at the organization...
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Training and Resources

ALI adds resources to website

May 26, 2020
The Automotive Lift Institute’s updated website includes additional resources and improved navigation.
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Industry News

ALI strengthens safety standards for gold certification label

Sept. 17, 2018
Changes include expanding the testing requirements for load-holding devices (also known as "latches" or "locks") and increasing the number of test cycles.
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ALI moves into larger headquarters and opens LiftLab

Oct. 18, 2017
The Automotive Lift Institute officially opened its new headquarters and LiftLab in Cortland, New York.
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The Garage

ALI updates online lift safety training, adds Spanish and mobile option

Oct. 12, 2017
The interactive course covers safe lifting practices for all types of automotive lifts.
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Automotive Lift Institute introduces new safety tips poster

Sept. 28, 2017
Educational poster features guidance from ALI’s updated Lift Safety Tips Card

Articles & News

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Industry News

Automotive Lift Institute makes Vehicle Lifting Points guide available online

The guide covers cars, SUVs, EVs, and light trucks made from 2000 to 2024.
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Company/Association News

ALI releases new digital Vehicle Lifting Points Guide

The electronic guide is designed to make finding OEM lifting point information easy in hopes to help prevent car lift accidents.
Automotive Lift Institute releases digital versions of lift safety standards and training materials
Training and Resources

Automotive Lift Institute releases digital versions of lift safety standards and training materials

Standards for lift operation, inspection, maintenance, and service are now available digitally.
New ANSI/ALI safety standard now in effect
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New ANSI/ALI safety standard now in effect

ANSI/ALI ALIS 2022 will replace the 2015 version.
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The Garage

Lifting line-up

Choosing the right lift can help to speed service and maximize ROI.
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To improve bay safety, technicians should get to know their lifts by truly paying attention to potential safety hazards or damage to the lift and its accessories. For example, it is important to check lift contact points such as lifting pads to make sure they are free of debris, grease, oil, and anything else that may prevent solid contact. Adapters in the condition shown here should not be used.
Service Repair

Know your lift

Aug. 6, 2019
Techs who get to know the lifts they use regularly are more likely to notice the first signs of trouble, keeping themselves and all who use the lifts safer.
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Only put the adapters at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended lifting points when using a frame-engaging lift such as a two-post surface lift. Failure to do so could damage the vehicle or, even worse, create an unstable load that could fall.
Service Repair

Make Lift Safety Routine

Sept. 5, 2017
Best practices for operating and maintaining vehicle lifts.
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Ask the Expert and Tech Tips

Ask the Expert: My vehicle lift bears a UL logo. Does that mean it is certified?

Aug. 13, 2014
The Automotive Lift Institute’s (ALI) gold label is one of the best indicators that the entire lift system has been certified.
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Ask the Expert and Tech Tips

Ask the Expert: How often do my vehicle lifts have to be inspected?

Aug. 13, 2014
When inspections are performed by qualified personnel, they help protect users by ensuring that the lifts they work under are functioning properly and maintained in accordance...
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Ask the Expert and Tech Tips

Ask the Expert: Is it legal to buy uncertified vehicle lifts?

Aug. 13, 2014
Building and safety codes in many jurisdictions can prevent uncertified lifts from being installed.

Videos & Resources

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The Garage

June 2013 ALI Lift Supplement

June 11, 2013
The 2013 ALI Lift Supplement, brought to you by Professional Tool & Equipment News, Fleet Maintenance and, gives shops an overview of safety and useage ...
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Richard Petty visits Automotive Lift Institute Video

April 4, 2013
More than 300 people participated in the first Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification Program, in Las Vegas on Oct. 31, 2012. The meeting concluded with ...


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The Garage

Stertil-Koni to sponsor National Lift Week for the third year

Aug. 12, 2016
National Lift Week set for Oct. 3-8; official sponsor Stertil-Koni to provide safety briefings, demos and events.
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The Garage

ANSI approves ALI standard covering lift installation and service

June 9, 2016
The new standard, ANSI/ALI ALIS 2009 (R2015), replaces the existing standard, ANSI/ALI ALIS 2009, effective June 15.
The Garage

Seventy-plus inspectors perform lift inspections on path toward ALI certification during 2015 “Five Days to Victory” event

Nov. 19, 2015
Nearly 100 people worked toward Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification during the “Five Days to Victory” event held on the Cheyenne Campus of the College...
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ALI to hold condensed training program in Vegas same week as AAPEX and SEMA

June 25, 2015
Participants in the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification Program can fast-track their certification by attending the “Five Days to Victory” training, testing...
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The Garage

Two-hundred ALI annual inspection labels stolen

May 5, 2015
The labels are individually serialized and are applied to automotive lifts that pass annual lift inspection safety requirements as an indication of compliance with recognized ...
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The Garage

Lift manufacturers come together to assist 91 lift inspectors toward ALI certification

Dec. 22, 2014
Since the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) launched its Lift Inspector Certification Program in late 2012, demand for ALI certified lift inspectors has continued to grow. Although...
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Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) elects 2015 board

Nov. 26, 2014
Jerome Lentz of Challenger Lifts (Louisville, Ky.) has been elected chairman of the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Board of Directors for 2015. Voting took place at ALI’s annual...
This drive-on scissor lift is equipped with additional lighting and air jacks, two very handy options which greatly increase the utility of the lift.
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Buying a Lift

July 21, 2014
There are literally hundreds of different vehicle lifts on the market, made by dozens of different companies. Every one of those companies wants you to buy the lift that you really...
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ALI releases statement on hydraulic lift company under investigation

June 25, 2014
ALI reports the business in question, Complete Hydraulic Service & Equipment Sales, Inc., is not an ALI member and does not offer products that have been tested or evaluated for...
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The Garage

Rotary Lift requires installers to have ALI-certified inspectors

March 26, 2014
Rotary Lift has nearly 400 authorized installers nationwide.
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Training Products and Tools

ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program

March 21, 2014
Annual vehicle lift inspections performed by a qualified lift inspector protect technicians, shops and customer vehicles. They are also mandated by ANSI/ALI ALOIM:2008, the national...
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Service Repair

100 lift inspectors across U.S. and Canada now certified by ALI

Feb. 14, 2014
More than 650 additional candidates, representing 417 companies across the United States and Canada, are enrolled in the program and working toward certification.
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New ALI interactive online lift safety training course now live

Racing legends Richard and Kyle Petty host the course.
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DEKRA hosts ALI's O'Gorman to improve vehicle lift safety

Dec. 11, 2013
O'Gorman shares his experience with automotive testing, inspection and certification provider.
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The Garage

ALI board to include first associate class member

Dec. 10, 2013
Evan Calarco of Total Tool Ltd., Castleton, N.Y. becomes first associate board member.
Service Repair

Automotive Lift Institute offers online vehicle lift safety course

Nov. 12, 2013
Interactive course designed for service and repair professionals.
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ALI introduces online lift safety training

Safety course hosted by racing legends Richard and Kyle Petty.
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Forward Lift's lifts recertified to wear Gold ALI label

Sept. 20, 2013
New standard requries re-testing of previously approved lift models.
ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program expands computer-based testing into Canada.
The Garage

ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program expands computer-based testing into Canada

Aug. 28, 2013
The organization will now offer computer-based versions of the exams on-demand at testing centers across Canada.
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Inaugural ALI certified inspectors class includes nine Forward Lift affiliates

Aug. 27, 2013
Certification program gives lift owners a new way to select inspectors.
Elliot Maras
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Shop fatality stresses need for Automotive Lift Institute’s safety program

Aug. 13, 2013
Individual shops can utilize ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program.
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Rotary Lift vehicle lifts recertified to new standard

Aug. 6, 2013
Automotive Lift Institute recertifies all previously certified Rotary Lift lifts.
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Mohawk Lifts meet new ALI certification standard

July 15, 2013
ALI certification called critical to users and safety directors.
The Lifting It Right manual and DVD from the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) document the correct procedures for safely operating and maintaining a vehicle lift.
Service Repair

Tech Tip: "Lifting It Right" steps for raising a vehicle for service

July 3, 2013
Proper lifting technique involves much more than just spotting the vehicle in the bay, kicking the lift arms under the body and pressing the "raise" button.
Inspect your lift’s cables and chains regularly for excessive slack or wear.
Ask the Expert and Tech Tips

Tech Tip: In-shop lift maintenance keeps equipment functioning properly

July 3, 2013
Technicians should make a habit of checking their vehicle lifts daily prior to using them.
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Service Repair

Tech Tip: 10 rules to follow when using vehicle lifts

July 3, 2013
Follow these simple vehicle safety precautions to help your shop operate incident-free.
Vehicle lift owners can find ALI Certified Lift Inspectors who are qualified to perform annual lift inspections through the Automotive Lift Institute’s new online database at
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Tech Tip: Find a Certified Lift Inspector to inspect your vehicle lifts

July 3, 2013
Use the interactive online database of ALI Certified Lift Inspectors to find a qualified lift inspector in your area.
Vehicle lifts successfully inspected by ALI Certified Lift Inspectors carry a label with the most recent inspection date for the benefit of all users and code enforcement officials.
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Tech Tip: Annual inspections keep lifts performing

July 3, 2013
Annual inspections should be performed by a qualified lift inspector who will thoroughly evaluate the lifts' operating mechanisms, safety systems, structural integrity, modifications...
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The Garage

ALI schedules orientation for lift inspector certification Sept. 10 in Cortland, NY

July 3, 2013
Orientation will outline administrative aspects of certification program.
Marine presents Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) with U.S. flag that flew over Afghanistan base.
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Marine presents ALI with U.S. flag that flew over Afghanistan base

June 11, 2013
Marine gives flag in appreciation of an ALI Facebook giveaway.
ALI President R.W. 'Bob' O'Gorman presents the trophy for 2013 Spring Fling Drag Race Experience Bracket Race Winner to Robert Moore.
Service Repair

Petty's Garage 2013 Spring Fling draws hundreds

June 10, 2013
Event featured hot rods and drag racing.
Two-post lifts such as this one from Mohawk Lifts give good under-vehicle access.
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Go Big — But Go Safely

June 7, 2013
Lift manufacturers offer recommendations for shops.
BendPak two-post lifts can be operated safely in a well organized shop.
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Don’t Be an Accident Statistic: Lift It Right

June 7, 2013
Safety precautions before lifting a vehicle on a lift.
The gold label signifies a consensus standard for safety.
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Behind the Gold Label

June 7, 2013
What does certification mean? Do I have to buy certain lifts?
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The Garage

Register now for half off ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program fee

May 29, 2013
Reduced sign-up fee expires Sept. 30, 2013.
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Service Repair

Invest in Your Future: Invest in Lift Safety

May 15, 2013
Vehicle repair gets more demanding every day. Those of you on the front lines working with equipment to maintain and repair vehicles can never afford to “take it easy.” Not when...
Deadlines are fast approaching for ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program candidates to register for orientation workshop and exams held in Canada.
Training and Resources

Registration deadlines approaching for ALI inspector certification

April 29, 2013
The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has scheduled three workshops in Canada.
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Registration deadline approaching for ALI Lift Inspector Certification workshops in Canada

April 25, 2013
Sessions to be held in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton this summer, with registration deadlines fast approaching.
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Petty's Garage Spring Fling expands to include car show and new drag racing event

March 21, 2013
Third annual spring fling to be May 24 and 25.
The Petty’'s Garage Performance Tour brings Petty's Garage experts, custom parts and unique vehicles directly to fans and auto enthusiasts at events across the United States with support from partners including the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI).
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Automotive Lift Institute supports 2013 Petty's Garage Performance Tour

Feb. 8, 2013
The Performance Tour brings Petty's Garage expert car designers and builders, custom parts, and unique vehicles directly to fans and auto enthusiasts at events across the United...
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ALI supports Petty's 2013 performance tour

Feb. 7, 2013
Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) will partner with Petty's Garage to support the Petty's Garage Performance Tour for its second year in 2013.
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Automotive Lift Institute releases new lift-points guide

Jan. 22, 2013
ALI announces the availability of the 2013 edition of ALI's "Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts."
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Stertil-Koni research study finds preventative maintenance and safety remain top focus

Jan. 15, 2013
Industry-wide market research study of fleet operators and transit authorities found that that top three elements for operations include safety, controlling costs and minimizing...
Rotary Lift, Forward Lift and Direct Lift prepare 75 ALI lift inspection certification candidates.
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Rotary Lift, Forward Lift and Direct Lift train 75 ALI lift inspector certification program candidates

Jan. 7, 2013
Attendees came from 36 lift service companies located in 24 states.
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The Garage

Automotive Lift Institute launches online database of lift inspector testing locations

Dec. 17, 2012
Program creates third party qualification of vehicle lift inspectors.
Keith BUnn addresses the certification program.
Service Repair

Stertil-Koni launches initiative to spur certified lift inspector program participation

Nov. 30, 2012
Initiative supports Automotive Lift Institute certified inspector program.
Dale Soos, ALI senior project engineer, reviewed the lift inspector certification process and the extensive materials provided to candidates in the ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program.
The Garage

ALI launches certified lift inspector program

Nov. 26, 2012
The event concluded with a surprise visit from seven-time NASCAR Champion Richard "The King" Petty.
ALI President R.W. (Bob) O’Gorman, right, presents a service plaque to outgoing ALI Chairman Douglas Grunnet at the organization’s recent annual meeting.
Service Repair

Automotive Lift Institute elects officers, honors outgoing chairman

Nov. 20, 2012
Association names Jerome Lentz, of Challenger Lifts, chairman.