The Lift Garage

The Lift Garage remains OPEN FOR REPAIRS but our lobby is closed to customers, volunteers, donors and all other members of the public until further notice to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of coronavirus.

Auto Repair Services

Minneapolis Non-Profit Auto Repair Services | The Lift Garage

The Lift Garage is an affordable, non-profit auto repair service for all Minnesotans that meet the 150% Federal Poverty Guideline. We charge only $15 per hour plus the cost of parts at no mark-up. We serve all counties in Minnesota. Full payment is due at the time repairs are completed. We do not accept payment plans. We accept cash and credit cards for payment, no personal checks. Arrangements with third-party payers can be made.

Our goal is getting cars safe and back on the road, so we work on brakes, tires, suspension and steering, starting and charging systems, fuel systems, exhaust systems, and heating and cooling systems (not air conditioning). We do not do work on transmissions or do body work. We are also not able to do significant engine repairs such as head gaskets or engine rebuilds.

If you have more specific questions, give us a call.  We are open Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm. 

If you are a caseworker you can fill out The Lift Garage – Income Verification Form and email it to us at [email protected] or mail to 2401 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406. We do not have fax capabilities. Please instruct the customer to contact us directly for scheduling; this is not a referral.

Pre-Purchase Inspections

If you’re considering buying a used car, we offer free inspections to help explore any issues that may already exist with the car. We cannot write a repair estimate based off this inspection, but it will help inform your decision on purchasing. If you do purchase, you'll want to schedule an Inspection & Repair appoitnment with us, usually there is about a 3 month wait for those appointments. Please schedule your Pre-Purchase Inspection here so that we can have a Technician available to inspect the vehicle. 

Car Care Class

On the second Saturday of each month, we offer a free basic car care class. Please use the scheduler to RSVP - classes with no RSVP's will be cancelled.

***We are currently postponing our Car Care Class due to COVID-19 and limitations in our space for safe social distancing. We are exploring virtual opportunities for this Class. 

Express Services

On Fridays from 10:00 AM to Noon, we offer walk-in repairs for the following issues:
•    Exterior bulb replacement
•    Windshield wiper replacement
•    Battery inspection & replacement
The express service does NOT include a full vehicle inspection, and can NOT cover any repairs other than the ones listed above.

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