Car ramps are instruments used to raise up a vehicle, instead of a floor jack, so that it can be worked on from underneath or for display in showrooms. A good car ramp can be used by professionals and starters alike. A car ramp can be made from different materials ranging from metal car ramps to steel car ramps, aluminum car ramps, and plastic car ramps. The most important requirement would be that it should be rigid and stable so that the car stays up, especially for the purpose of working under a car. They could come as one piece or as a set of two but usually come in pairs because at least 2 car ramps are needed to raise up a vehicle.
What to pay attention to when choosing car ramps
Depending on the need for use, there are different points to consider before choosing a set of car service ramps and here are some points to consider below:
- Price: staying within budget for buying any piece of equipment is a good choice. There is always a good enough option in your price range and you can find it by searching.
- Functions: are you using a car ramp for periodic maintenance, showroom display or very often in an automobile repair shop? The frequency of use will determine how strong and durable you need it to be.
- Dimensions: the wideness of the top and the overall dimensions of a car ramp determine the degree of lift and the size of tire it can take.
- A material of production: the material that the car ramp is made from will determine the mode of storage and usually determines how durable or not that car ramp will e for your intended purpose.
- Gross weight: very important is the weight of the vehicle(s) you want to use the ramp for
Top 8- Rage Powersports ML-1066 Sports Car Lift Service Ramp
This aluminum car ramp for low cars is durable and strong. The car ramp has a low profile of 66 inches that was made for equally low profile cars, sports cars, and trucks. It has a loading angle of 11.5 degrees and is slim. This ramp is used for both maintenance and showroom purposes. It can lift a car with low ground clearance up to 7 inches off the ground for any purpose. This car ramp in integrated with wheel stops to keep the wheels of the car from rolling while on the ramp. The platform can take 16-inch wheels on it. The side rails of this ramp for lowered cars are raised; this helps with maintaining a course of wheels during loading and offloading from the ramp. With the strong 100% aluminum construction material, this car ramp is heavy duty and has the capacity to bear up to 3,000 lb. in weight. The wide platform of the ramp is bonded with rubber to further support and reinforce the stability of the durable ramp.
Top 7- Scepter 08226 Plastic Automotive Ramp Set
The ramp measures 9.8 inches by 35 inches in diameter and comes in a set of 2 pieces that are lightweight. This set of 2 car ramps is made from plastic and so is lightweight but the car ramp is well built. The set can support weights of up to 12,000 pounds. There is a core parabolic arc that runs through the center of the ramp. This helps to distribute weight evenly on the ramp so that the weight is spread out and not concentrated in one area to avoid causing unnecessary damage. The ramp has a grid design which allows for dirt, snow, water and all other fine debris to pass through the ramp. This feature makes this ramp a good one to be used outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
Top 6- Nicky Nice Solid Steel Auto Ramp Set:
This is an all steel car ramp that has a powder coat finish to make it durable. The car ramp comes in a set of two and measures 30 x 12 x 11 inches in dimension with about 32 pounds in weight. This steel car ramp from Nicky Nice is a good investment for self-use since it is an affordable and cheap car ran at under $62. The 35-inch long ramp is well positioned and sturdy enough to carry the weight of up to 200 lb. on each ramp. This means it can carry a vehicle of total 65000 lb. with the combined use of the complete set of ramps. The ramp has extruded punch holes where it inclines and it has raised ribs on the curves on the side of the ramp for safety. This design helps the vehicle climb straight and comfortably. The weight of the vehicle can also be evenly distributed and the vehicle will stay in place instead of roll back to ensure safety when working under a car on this ramp. This steel ramp is good for holding up trucks but can be used for cars that are lower too.
Top 5- RhinoGear 11909AMBI RhinoRamps Vehicle Ramp
This is a portable vehicle ramp with an irregular technical design. It can easily be stored upright and stands on its own for saving of space. This resin ramp surpasses the standards for Portable Automobile Lifting Devices. It is reliable and holds up vehicles in a sturdy position for working under the vehicle. The base is made with Core TRAC non-skid technology that is supposed to help with keeping the tires of the vehicle in place so they do not slip from the ramp. The ramp gives an incline of 17 degrees which make it good for use with low clearance vehicles. The ramp can handle a total weight of up to 12,000 lb. and tires of 9inch width. The inside of this ramp has another advantage as it is made up of polymer support. This polymer support is patented and in conjunction with the wide stance of the ramp, it offers even distribution of weight of the vehicle trough this low profile car ramp. This portable car ramp is good for use with trucks, pickups, sports, and utility vehicles.
Top 4- Race Ramps RR-XT-2 67 Inch XT 2-Piece Race Ramp
This pair of car service ramps is lightweight and easy to carry around and manipulate. It is constructed specially to avoid making marks on any type of surface it is used on. If you are particular about the protection of the surface you want o work on this is a good choice because it will not burrow into, disfigure or engrave your floor. The bottom of the ramp can be removed for easy access to the side. The middle interior is completely solid. Whatever surface this ramp is used on it will not move, slip or budge under the weight of the vehicle. It has a low clearance vehicle friendly angle of 10.75 degrees. The ramp is 66.9 inches long, 14.2 inches wide and 9.8 inches high. It can support tires of up to 12 inches wide and carry the weight of up to 3,000 pounds. You can safely and securely carry out your car detailing, oil change and other car maintenance activities with this set of low profile car ramps. Although this is not a cheap car ramp they are safe for doing regular maintenance on your vehicle.
Top 3- good- Race Raps RR-56 56 Inch Race Ramp
Another good car ramp for low cars is the Race Ramp 56inch car ramp. The weight, of about 15 pounds each, of the set of car ramps, is easy to move around and navigate without any issues. It makes for the most stable and therefore safest car ramps for low cars. It hugs the ground and does not slip or budge when using on any surface even ice. The car ramps will hold firm to the surface they are placed on and even with this firm grip, the floor will be safe. Like other Race Ramp car ramps, this model is designed to be used without causing any disfigurement, engrave or delve into the smoothest of surfaces. It is the best to use on any surface whether the roughest grass or the smoothest surface. It gives a sensitive angle of 10.7 degrees which is what makes it so good for low clearance cars. But it is strong and stable. It can support weights of up to 3,000 pounds and is wide enough to take tires up to 12 inches wide. The design of the ramp makes the work of driving your vehicle onto it very straightforward and easy.
Top 2- better- Rage Powersports 6009-V2 Pair of Plastic Mini Car Ramps
This car ramp is made from plastic but not the tender kind that breaks easily under pressure, it is heavy duty plastic. The surface has a honeycomb design to fight moisture buildup by allowing any form of moisture to pass through instead of remaining within the plastic car ramp. At the highest point of the plastic car ramp, there is a wheel groove formed into the device that is made to stop the tires of the car from moving any further. This heavy duty plastic car ramp has a low profile design. It loads vehicles up to 2.27 inches high at 9.05 degrees for easy personal maintenance and oil change. The strong car ramps can carry up to 4,400 lb. of weight without any problems. Each ramp measures 27 x 7.8 x 3 inches in diameter and weighs 9.3 pounds altogether. The ramp is small and lightweight for easier storage and easy handling. It is a cheap car ramp of under $55 dollars with high ratings and recommendations.
Top 1- best- Race Ramps RR-40 40 Inch Race Ramp
for all its easy to use and strong features this car ramp from Race Ramp tops our chart for best car ramp in this review. This set of car service ramps has very good ratings and although it is not the cheapest in the market the price is quite good for the stability it affords at under $149 for a pack where other car ramps, especially the ones from Race Ramp, go up to over $200. This car ramp weighs 8.5 pounds per piece and measures 40.2 x 9.8 x 7.1 inches leaving it to be portable and lightweight enough to move around without issues. The special construction material that the ramp is made from is designed to hug the floor and prevent slipping while protecting the floor from any marks or scratches that would have been made by the force of the ramp meeting the floor. It is good for use on sports cars with shorter noses like Jaguars and BMW’s. the solid core and durable material make this car ramp durable.