Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How to Buy a Good Quality Car Roof Rack

Good Quality Car Roof Rack

If your car didn’t come with a roof rack from the automaker, don’t worry. There’s still hope. You can purchase an aftermarket roof rack. These will give you the ability to carry loads on the top of your car, as well as attach a number of different cargo management systems (carriers and covers).

A good cargo roof rack should be designed for your make and model. It should also offer a good cargo capacity (the roof rack is what carries the load, not the roof of the car). It should offer excellent weather resistance, too. Here are some important tips to consider regarding car roof racks:

  • OEM Fit: Obviously, different makes and models have different roof sizes. This makes it somewhat difficult to design a universal aftermarket roof rack that will fit every vehicle. Look for one that’s rated for your specific make and model, as this will ensure that it fits well.

  • Trusted Brand: You’ll find a host of manufacturers on the market offering roof racks, but it’s generally best to go with a brand that’s built a reputation for quality. Thule is one such brand, while Yakima is another. You can also check with your automaker and see if they have recommendations.

  • Cargo Capacity: When it comes to cargo capacity, the key thing to remember is the weight limit and load distribution. You cannot carry a load directly on the roof of the car, so the load will have to be evenly distributed across the roof rack. Make sure it’s rated for what you need to use it for (carrying a cargo box, hauling bikes, etc.).

  • Accessories: Many roof rack manufacturers also offer other accessories for their products, such as cargo boxes, bike mounts and the like. Consider the range of accessories available from each manufacturer before you make a purchase decision.

  • Weather Resistance: Your roof rack will be exposed to the elements for the duration of your ownership. Check the weather resistance rating and whether any special care is required to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.

A roof rack can give you the ability to carry anything from luggage to snowboards on your roof. So for those longer trips where you don't wish to cramp the inside of your vehicle, see if a roof rack is an option for your vehicle.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...


Related questions

Q: What steps should be taken to carry cargo safely?

Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to the threat posed by the cargo in our cars. Laptops, exercise accessories, backpacks – they can all be threats during an accident. To help reduce the risk of injury to...

Q: How do I set the date?

You can set the date through your infotainment system. This can be done in just a few minutes, and is very easy: 1. Turn on the infotainment system. 2. Press the CONFIG button. 3. Select Time and Date Settings. 4....

Q: How do you remove the crossbars from the roof rack?

The crossbars on your SUV’s roof rack are what make it capable of carrying loads, but you might find that you need to remove them from time to time. Here’s how to do that: Loosen both thumbwheels. Slide the...