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Renting place or lift to maintain/repair your Benz

I know some of you have their own garages where you can fix your cars in peace.

For all of you who don't, where do you work on your car if you have to raise it?

Do you rent a lift by the hour?

If yes, where?

I live in a densely populated area at the coast in LA and you never see people work on their cars in the street. Never. There's just too much risk getting injured by passing traffic.

When I was still living in Austria we rented a lift on a gas station for a couple of hours for an engine switch (it was on a 1955 VW bug - we transported the replacement engine in lieu of the passenger seat in another bug).

So, where do you go when you want to fix your car and haven't got your own garage?

Any tips and success stories welcomed! Thanks!

PS: need to replace the two front oxygen sensors this time.
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I would do a google search for your side of town. I did one for LA just now and there are a lot of places that rent lifts.

The sad thing is they charge as much per hour as my factory trained indy tech does here in the land of low overhead living.

Pricing seemed to be about $75 per hour.
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I would guess most shops don't rent out due to Insurance risks. Now you shade tree mechanic shop would gladly (if work was slow) offer you a car port for a kings ransom!
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That's really insane to charge 75$/hour for a lift.

It's basically the price of a mechanic's work hour.

What I could do is ask him if the mechanic accepts me buying the parts.

Or I go to a more industrial area and do it there.

I did oil changes on my old 300D for years that way.

I just would like to do it myself to get a handle on all the sensor replacements and to get a better feel for my car.
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I miss being on an Air Force base, we used to have an Auto Hobby shop where you could go, rent a stall, and check out tools. When I was in Spain, I went to the one on base and pulled the engine out of my Fiat 850 Sport and replaced the clutch one afternoon. Use to use them all the time state side. A portable lift in my 2 1/2 car garage would be nice to have! When I painted the calipers on my 2007 SLK350, I had the car up on 4 jack stands so I could do each one fairly fast so the compound wouldn't dry out before I got it on. Made me a bit nervous having it up that way for an extended period of time.
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Here you go. Lifts for $25 an hour.
Your Dream Garage
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Here you go. Lifts for $25 an hour.
Your Dream Garage
Yes, that's unfortunately the only option that comes up in all LA. Baldwin Park is far, and it's the worst traffic zone. About 1 1/2 hours drive each direction...

So it's either me on a side street in the industrial area of Santa Monica (if I find a wide street with wide parking lanes) or I buy the sensors and let the shop do it.

Driving this far, then paying for the spot, buying the oxygen sensor tool... it comes out to more investment.
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