A1 Coaches has added an outdoor vehicle lifting facility to its workshop by investing in washbay column lifts from lifting and testing experts Totalkare

The Liverpool-based operator specialises in in bus and coach hire, offering affordable contracts for school hire and long-distance transportation needs.

Due to frequent maintenance required for their fleet, A1 Coaches were keen to obtain a flexible lifting solution, where lifts can be easily manoeuvred into position in an outdoor space near their washing equipment.


As the only fully-galvanised mobile column lift on the market in the UK, Totalkare’s G8AC washbay mobile column lift was the ideal solution.  Expertly designed to ensure many years of trouble-free use in outdoor/wash bay conditions, it is hot galvanised with sealed bearings to provide long term protection from water ingress.

The G8AC can be configured in sets of four, six or eight to suit a range of lifting requirements, with adjustable forks to accommodate the lifting of a wide range of wheel diameters, making it a truly versatile solution.

Totalkare can also provide a range of finance options for lifting equipment in order to suit the customer’s needs. We have a variety of finance solutions with weekly payments that can be less than the cost of an hour’s labour, to suit your businesses’ financial needs. These options include: lease hire, lease purchase, short term hire, 0% finance deposit and a low finance option.


John Donnelly at A1 Coaches said, “We initially looked at purchasing mobile column lifts with outdoor covers to protect them from rain and water damage, as we are constantly washing and cleaning our coaches. But by obtaining the G8AC lifts, it saves us money in the long run as they are truly fit for purpose.  We only need to wheel the lifts into place, raise the vehicle and then we are ready to clean.”

Nigel Poynton, Area Sales Manager for Totalkare, said “The G8AC washbay column lifts are the perfect fit for A1 Coaches. They are now enjoying the use of these column lifts, backed up with a three-year aftersales service contract, including two visits per year including Reports of Thorough Examination.”