Roof Rack Buying Guide

Oct 03, 2016 Leave Comment

There are a number of things to bear in mind when buying a roof rack. To help you come to the best decision, Roof Rack Superstore has provided the following roof rack buying guide.


Questions to Ask

To determine which roof rack will best suit your needs, it is important to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is it going to be used for?
  • How often are you going to use it?
  • What kind of roof rack can be installed on my car?
Your vehicle’s owner manual should stipulate what the maximum permitted load capacity of your vehicle is – this should not be exceeded under any circumstances. The next step is to determine the weight of all items you plan on carrying. Armed with this information, you can then go about selecting what type of roof rack you want, keeping in mind that its duty rating will have to be greater than the items you wish to carry.


Types of Roof Rack

The next section of our handy roof rack buying guide will detail the types of roof racks that are on the market and what type of usage they are best suited for. But first, it is necessary to identify what kind of rack your car can be equipped with. Cars that have roof rails (rails that run parallel to the vehicle’s doors) will only require a bar that clamps onto the existing rails. If your vehicle does not have these, you will have to purchase a fitting kit, which is affixed to the car first before a bar is attached to that.


A roof rack can be used to carry a wide range of items, from mountain bikes to ladders, and can be an extremely useful and versatile addition to your vehicle. In general, roof racks can be split into two categories: recreational and commercial.


Roof Racks for Recreation


Roof racks that have been designed for mostly recreational use are made to fit onto vehicles such as station wagons, vans and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). When it comes to recreational roof racks, there are a plethora of accessories available that allow you to transport everything from kayaks and mountain bikes through to canoes and snowboards.




Commercial Roof Racks


Often designed to accommodate heavier loads, roof racks made with commercial uses in mind can be attached to a variety of trade vehicles and are often seen atop vans and SUVs. Popular accessories for these types of roof racks include pipe clamps, load stops, and ladder slides that allow for fast loading and unloading of ladders.



Learn More Today

Need more help after reading our roof rack buying guide? The experts at Roof Rack Superstore are happy to provide advice and assistance that’s tailored to your needs.

2 thoughts on “Roof Rack Buying Guide”

    1. Most cars these days have some form of roof rack attachment such as threaded points in the roof, raised rails running the length of the vehicle or rails which are ‘flush’ on the roof of the car. Even if your vehicle doesnt have any of these, there is always the clamp mount option which clamps into the door jams of the car.
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