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When it comes to automotive equipment, ‘buying smart’ means getting the very best for your money. Unfortunately, shopping for what your business needs can be grueling and difficult. There are countless manufacturers out there and hundreds of different types of everything.

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So what exactly are you going to buy, and how are you going to know which model is right for you? Here at Equipment Street, we take smart shopping very seriously—which is why we do what we do. Buying smart will save you money, but it involves a bit of leg-work.

Fortunately for you, this ‘leg-work’ is already accomplished for you when you utilize our website to shop for automotive equipment. Equipment Street can help you to stay on top of equipment trends. Keeping up with the latest technology will save you time, effort, and money. Plus, you would be amazed at how inexpensively you can acquire what you need when the manufacturers compete for your business! Whether you’re looking for a new vehicle lift, diagnostic equipment, brake lathes, wheel balancers or any other service equipment — we can fill the gap and make even the toughest purchasing decisions easy.

By posting what you need on Equipment Street, you will have your request sent out to leading, qualified equipment dealers who will then provide you with specifications on the most current models available. This will help you to figure out exactly what the latest trends, features, and technologies are without requiring you to spend any time researching! You will literally have all of the work done for you with Equipment Street.

We also supply a unique ‘Ask the Expert’ service that will allow you to request assistance from one of our in-house automotive-service experts. You can ask questions about features, different equipment designs, how to create quote requests, etc. You will basically get zero-cost consultation for any questions that you might have during the process—thereby allowing you to make the best, most educated decision possible.

Shop owners tell us that one of the most daunting tasks associated with setting up and maintaining an automotive service business is finding the right dealers/manufacturers through which to obtain the equipment and supplies needed to go to work.

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Outfitting or upgrading your shop might not seem like a big deal when you’re making the shopping list—but its amazing how quickly it can become overwhelming when you start to filter through your option.

A quick Google search can easily yield hundreds of results for automotive equipment dealers, all vying for your money and claiming that they are offering the best that the industry has to offer. What they’re not telling you, however, is that shopping by dealer like this is no longer the best way to find what you’re looking for.

Believe it or not, shopping for equipment is extremely difficult when you decide to do it on your own. Investigating listings can be endless work, and sifting through the relevant information can take up tremendous amounts of your time. Plus, after you have gone to the trouble of finding sellers and researching their inventory, you are then faced with the daunting task of making phone calls, visiting to see what they have in stock, etc. This is all time that could be put towards better things.

Here at Equipment Street, we utilize the competitiveness of the market to make the process easier for you. Setting up an account with us is totally free, and will allow you access to our marketplace—which consists of thousands of quality sellers. Here, you can post listings for equipment that you need in an easy-to-use format where dealers and manufacturers can quickly respond with quotes. Since they are actually competing with each other for your business, you can expect to receive the very best prices and the highest level of quality that the industry has to offer.

A full range of additional tools can help you to narrow down your choices, eventually leading you to the quote that will work the best for your business and budget.

Buying automotive equipment might not be inexpensive—but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be made affordable. Equipment Street makes it easy to purchase what you need by offering a variety of financing options designed to meet almost any budget need.

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If you’re worried about finding the capital you need to purchase the equipment you require, Equipment Street Financing can provide you with monthly payment lease plans or working capital loans that give you the borrowing power you need to keep your business growing.

To put it very simply, we have a financing plan that can be customized for almost any type of automotive-service business. We make affording the perfect equipment or furniture for your shop easy. Whether you plan on leasing, getting an equipment loan, or getting a working capital (cash flow) loan, we can help.

When you apply for a lease or loan on Equipment Street, you will automatically enjoy market-leading pricing that will make procuring equipment more affordable than you ever would have thought possible. Applying is as simple as a few clicks of the mouse—and almost instantly you will be able to get your company prequalified for the financing you require.

We also employ unique risk-assessment tools to help you enhance your buying/selling experience in our marketplace. Through Cortera, our risk-management partner, you’ll benefit from in-depth data that will include credit overviews of the companies vying for your business. This will help to minimize risk while you choose the seller that best suits your needs and goals.

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Auto Rotisserie

  • Make sure to pay attention to the strength of the materials used in the rotisserie’s construction—don’t settle for cheaper, lighter steel.
  • If the main frame is thinner than 3/16”, you might have issues with medium or larger sized vehicles.
  • If possible, get something bigger and heavier-duty than you need—just in case
  • Hydraulic jacks might not be necessary—though they can save you a lot of time in certain situations.
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Brake Lathes

  • Make sure to pay attention to the spindle motor. It’s usually recommended that you purchase a lathe that has at least 1 horsepower.
  • If you plan on using the lathe for both rotors and drums, make sure that the changeover is easy and not time-consuming.
  • Some brake lathes can be expanded to work on other parts by adding different components and tools. This might be something to keep in mind as you shop.
  • If you do plan on adding different parts, make sure that you investigate how difficult or easy they are to attach. Does the company offer different attachment options? Can other brands be used instead?
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Diagnostic/Test Equipment

  • Vehicles produced before the 1990s might not have ‘standardized’ diagnostic tools. For these, you might have to go the ‘old fashioned’ route and buy different types of testing equipment individually.
  • For newer cars built later than 1990, you may have the option of buying a ‘standard’ diagnostic tool that can serve a wide range of different functions.
  • Make sure to research your vehicle’s interface to make sure that the diagnostic tool in question will be able to connect to the onboard vehicular computer.
  • You may need a ‘code book’ to read vehicle data scanners. This is often purchased separately.
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Engine Hoist/Stands

  • If storage space is an issue, you might want to make sure to get an engine hoist with legs that fold up and a boom that folds all the way down when you collapse the cylinder.
  • It’s important to buy a hoist that’s going to have long-enough legs and lift-arms to do what you need it to do.
  • Some people prefer to buy hoists/stands that have extendible legs. This makes it better for use in a wide variety of different situations and applications.
  • Some people prefer angled legs so that they can use the hoist to pick up other things as well. Straight legs can sometimes get in the way if you’re trying to list things straight up off of the ground.
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Brake Lathes

  • Make sure to pay attention to the spindle motor. It’s usually recommended that you purchase a lathe that has at least 1 horsepower.
  • If you plan on using the lathe for both rotors and drums, make sure that the changeover is easy and not time-consuming.
  • Some brake lathes can be expanded to work on other parts by adding different components and tools. This might be something to keep in mind as you shop.
  • If you do plan on adding different parts, make sure that you investigate how difficult or easy they are to attach. Does the company offer different attachment options? Can other brands be used instead?
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Diagnostic/Test Equipment

  • Vehicles produced before the 1990s might not have ‘standardized’ diagnostic tools. For these, you might have to go the ‘old fashioned’ route and buy different types of testing equipment individually.
  • For newer cars built later than 1990, you may have the option of buying a ‘standard’ diagnostic tool that can serve a wide range of different functions.
  • Make sure to research your vehicle’s interface to make sure that the diagnostic tool in question will be able to connect to the onboard vehicular computer.
  • You may need a ‘code book’ to read vehicle data scanners. This is often purchased separately.
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Engine Hoist/Stands

  • If storage space is an issue, you might want to make sure to get an engine hoist with legs that fold up and a boom that folds all the way down when you collapse the cylinder.
  • It’s important to buy a hoist that’s going to have long-enough legs and lift-arms to do what you need it to do.
  • Some people prefer to buy hoists/stands that have extendible legs. This makes it better for use in a wide variety of different situations and applications.
  • Some people prefer angled legs so that they can use the hoist to pick up other things as well. Straight legs can sometimes get in the way if you’re trying to list things straight up off of the ground.
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Exhaust Benders

  • When shopping for exhaust benders, make sure to check the warranty information—you don’t want to be left stranded if it breaks down.
  • There are different sizes of exhaust—so make sure that the bender in question will bend the sizes that you’re going to be working the most with.
  • Is this bender for a commercial shop or business? If so, you might want to get something larger, heavier, and more durable so that it’ll be able to handle the larger workflow.
  • Make sure that you’re buying an actual exhaust bender and not just a pipe-bender. The two are similar, though still a bit different.
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Fluid Exchange Systems

  • Fluid exchange systems are usually designed for one type of fluid. Make sure that you get the type you need for what you plan to be using in it (transmission fluid, oil, etc.).
  • Different systems are built to hold different amounts of fluid. For heavy-duty or commercial applications, you’re probably going to want a larger system.
  • Always make sure that the make/model in question will completely remove the old fluid before installing the new fluid (to prevent cross-contamination).
  • Some commercial units are built to handle everything from engine oil to brake fluid. For best results, try to find an exchange system that will hold at least 2 gallons and that is made from a high quality material that won’t rust (polyethylene, for example, would be a good choice).
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Frame Alignment

  • For most commercial and heavy-duty frame alignment applications, you’re going to need a tilt-frame machine with hydraulics and a 360 degree pulling capability.
  • For most typical projects, you’ll need to get a machine that has two round towers with at least 10-ton hydraulics.
  • If you need more room or are looking for a more budget-friendly option, you could always invest in a ‘mobile’ system. These types are quick to set up, take up minimal floor space, and often fill the role of frame machine and pulling post.
  • Since this piece of equipment is going to be subjected to quite a bit of stress, make sure to buy a well-known brand that you know and trust. Cheaper, generic models might work—but if they’re cheap you might get what you pay for.
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Lifts

  • Make sure that your lift has been awarded the ALI seal of approval.
  • Determine beforehand how much weight you’ll need to lift, and make sure to you buy a lift that will either meet or exceed this requirement.
  • Will you need a truck or van adapter? Will you need telescoping arms or bridge jacks? Make sure that the lift in question is adaptable to fit a wide range of needs and situations.
  • Lifts for personal/private garages are usually engineered to a different standard than those intended for commercial applications. Make sure to specify this while shopping to avoid ending up with something that won’t be able to handle your workload.
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Paint Spray Booth

  • Before installing a paint spray booth, make sure to check local, state, and federal legal requirements to ensure that you’ll be meeting all of the appropriate health and safety regulations.
  • Make sure to buy the appropriate filters and exhaust equipment to ensure that no paint is going to be leaving the painting booth (you should have a minimum of 100 FPM air flow inside of the booth, though it must be filtered!).
  • Don’t underestimate the lighting. A painter will need adequate lighting to paint by, so make sure that this is included in your budget.
  • When shopping for painting supplies, don’t forget personal safety gear! You’re going to need masks, protective coverings, gloves, and more.
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Parts Washer

  • If you’re going to be moving your parts washer around the shop, you might want to make sure that it runs on 110 volt power (unless you have larger outlets installed in and around your workspace).
  • Make sure that your washer is deep enough to completely submerge the parts that you’ll be working on. If you’ll be working with exceptionally large parts, then you’ll want it to cover at least half so that you can roll them over (though this will take twice as much time).
  • Buying a washer with a sturdy, strong shelf above the fluid will allow you to set out the parts and let them dry.
  • Make sure to buy some kind of liquid cleaner to wash parts with. Some people use diesel, but remember that this will leave a coating on the parts that might have to be washed off later!
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Pipe Benders

  • One of the first questions to consider is whether your pipe bender should be manual or automatic.
  • Manual pipe benders are slower, though they’re also less expensive and better suited to smaller projects.
  • Fully automatic exhaust benders are faster, but they’re also more expensive.
  • For professional applications where you’re going to be bending pipe on a daily basis, you’ll probably want an automatic bender that can offer real dependability and longevity.
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Powder Coating Systems

  • Every powder coating system is going to have three basic components—the gun, the booth, and the oven.
  • If you plan on buying a powder coating gun for your business, then you’re definitely going to want to buy something high-quality. Don’t skimp on a cheap gun if it’s for your business.
  • When it comes to a powder coating oven, make sure that you purchase something that will get up to temperature quickly. An oven that takes 2 or 3 hours to heat up, for example, is probably too slow and won’t do you a lot of good outside of a hobbyist setting.
  • Powder coating ovens range in size from small to large enough to walk into. You’re definitely going to want to buy an oven that’s at least a size larger than you need—just to make sure that you’ll be covered for unexpected projects.
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Presses

  • If you’re looking for a hydraulic press that’s lightweight and less expensive, try shopping for something around 12 tons.
  • For heavier-duty work, you might want to shop for a press that can provide around 20 tons of pressure.
  • Buying a press with an adjustable table height will make projects easier and will eliminate annoying and problematic angles.
  • For commercial and heavy-duty applications, make sure that you buy something that can stand up to the rigors of your daily routine. Also, it’s much better to buy something a little ‘overpowered’ than to buy something that’s a little bit ‘under-powered’ for what you do.
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Rim Straighteners

  • There are basically two types of rim straighteners—those with lathes and those without.
  • Those without lathes are usually less expensive, though they might not be capable of dealing with as many different types of rim problems.
  • For commercial applications and for heavier-duty work, you might want to consider a rim straightener that has a lathe built into it.
  • If you own a small to medium sized business and only need to solve occasional rim problems, then you can probably get by with a rim straightener without a lathe.
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Sand Blasting Equipment

  • For the least-expensive option, consider buying a hand-held, gravity-fed sand-blasting gun.
  • If you own a business and plan on using the sandblaster as a part of your daily operation, then you’ll probably want to buy a larger commercial model. Some of these are large enough to fit on trucks, while others are small enough to allow you to cart them around in the shop.
  • Try to buy a model that’s made from heavy, durable steel. They tend to last longer.
  • Some people buy the type of gun that re-uses sand to save money. Spreading a tarp and collecting the sand afterword can help to cut down on extra long-term costs.
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Tire Changers

  • If you want something easier to use and don’t mind paying a bit more, look for a leverless and/or powered model.
  • You will typically want a tire changer that can handle rim sizes up to 34 inches, though this will also depend upon your business and on what types of projects you usually take on.
  • For a safer and more ergonomic tire changer, look for a model that comes with dual disc bead breakers that are electronically synchronized.
  • If you own a small shop or only occasionally change tires, you might be able to get by with a generic brand. Otherwise, looking for something with a good reputation is probably a safer idea.
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Wheel Alignment

  • There are a ton of different wheel alignment systems out there—so make sure that whatever you buy is going to be able to provide you with all of the necessary measurements, including: camber, caster, toe, SAI, scrub radius, thrust angle, and steering center measurements.
  • For commercial applications, make sure that you purchase something that’s going to withstand the wear and tear of continuous daily use.
  • Many shops are now utilizing ‘wireless’ alignment systems.
  • If you do go wireless, make sure that you’re getting at least four sensors, 1 brake pedal depressor, and dual-mode sensors that can operate either wired or wirelessly.
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Wheel Balancers

  • For the most precise balance, look for a model that comes equipped with laser-guided weight placement.
  • If you have employees and need an edge in the training department, consider buying a newer model with a built-in operator training mode.
  • If your shop’s tire-balancing needs are considered ‘low volume’, you might be able to go with a less-expensive model to save capital.
  • Some people still use the old, old model balancers where you balance the tire in the center of an iron apparatus and bubble-level it by sight. Nowadays, you probably need something more accurate than this.
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Where to Buy Automotive Equipment

If you're running an automotive repair business the constant need for parts, tools and other equipment can be overwhelming at times. However you have to maintain a well-stocked shop to keep your business running smoothly.

Unfortunately this can mean that you have to make trips all over town, sometimes even further. You have to make calls, put in orders and wait for things to be shipped. This is a time consuming and often very expensive part of owning and running your own business. It's been this way for years and until now, there was no change in sight.

A Better Way to Buy Auto Shop Equipment

Thankfully there's a better way. A more streamlined approach to finding, purchasing and even shipping all the equipment your business needs. It's called Equipment Street. It's a revolutionary way to find automotive equipment and more.

EquipmentStreet.com has all the automotive equipment your business needs in order to keep running. With Equipment Street it's much easier to find the things you need. You have many different sellers in one location, so it's easy to compare things like price and quality.

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EquipmentStreet.com is the number one resource for business owners who are in need of finding and purchasing equipment. They've got it all, everything from electrical equipment to automotive equipment and more.

Equipment Street takes the stress and complication out of finding the things you need for your shop. You never have to send your employees out all day long looking for specific parts or tools. You can just search for it on Equipment Street.

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Consider what it costs to send an employee out to drive all over town looking for one or two things. Now with Equipment Street you can just jump online compare, bid and your back to work. The money your business will save from this alone is worth the time to sign up. Don't forget signing up is totally free.

This is a service that all business owners have been in need of for a long time. We're just glad it's finally a reality. Equipment Street is the best place to find great deals on everything you need. Be sure to sign up today!

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