If you are considering adding a custom roof rack to the top of your car, there are some things you will want to take into consideration before you decide on the exact custom roof rack you want to purchase.
Buying a custom roof rack may seem like it is a cut and dry situation, but it is not. You will need to consider what you will be using it for. Will you be using it for luggage, canoes, or bikes? Do you see yourself using it to transport more than one type of equipment?
Even the simplest of custom roof racks can be used to transport luggage, skis, surfboards, bicycles, and other items. However, when you purchase your custom rack, you will want to have all of your attachments custom fitted for the purposes you intend to use the rack for. By understanding what you plan to use it for, you will be able to choose the right system for your vehicle, and your purpose. These tips will help you choose the right custom roof rack.
What You Will Need
• Tape Measure
Determine the Purpose
If you are having trouble determining what you will use your roof rack for, think about what is usually in your way when you transport it inside your car. What do you see yourself attaching to the roof over the next few years?
What is Your Budget?
Determining your budget is very important. A custom roof rack can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. While the price does dictate the quality, in most cases, you do not want to put yourself in debt for an addition to your car. Here are some things to consider when determining your budget.
• Will you be considering a single type of item all the time, or will you be hauling different items all the time?
• The installation process might affect what you are willing to spend. If you do not mind drilling through your car roof, you can save quite a bit of money. This type of roof rack will be considered permanent. If you do not want to drill holes in your car's roof, you can purchase a Tow Bar Hitch that is removable and can be attached to your second car with ease.
In this step, you will need to measure all aspects of your vehicle that will affect the fit of your roof rack.
• If you are going to purchase a Custom Roof Rack that is universal, you will need to measure the length of your roof, and the distance between the doors. A universal rack will attach to the door frames, so make sure your measurements are accurate.
• Measure how much space your vehicle has around it when you park. If you have a low garage roof or carport, you will want to measure how much clearance you have.
Once you have gathered this information, you are ready to fit and install the roof rack that suits your needs.