Roof Racks: Should I Get Them?

July 10 2017
car roof racks

Roof racks are designed for personal and commercial vehicles, making them incredibly useful in a wide range of situations. From tradies hauling equipment, to road-tripping families, even weekend warriors carrying canoes across the city; roof racks can solve a lot of car storage issues.

However it’s important to know that you are getting the right racks for what you need. Before you dive in to buying car roof racks, read up on what to look for.

The Advantage of Roof Racks

Whatever bulky bits you’re trying to transport, roof racks can make your life easier. There is a long list of advantages – here are our top three:

  1. Versatility

Bikes, canoes, luggage, tents and camping gear, trade equipment, surfboards…almost any big item can be loaded on to roof racks if you choose the right system. There are accessories and rail modifications designed to carry specific items like ladders and piping, or more general systems that allow you to fix off-the-shelf equipment or hard cases.

  1. Capacity

Roof racks can easily be modified to be an open system, meaning you can fit as much or as little as you need. Your car will have its own load limits, but the advantage of roof racks is the way they distribute heavy loads.

  1. Ready for action

When you want to load the kayak and go, or head to the hills for a mountain biking adventure with friends, you can! Very few vehicles can safely carry large sporting equipment in the boot, and forget bringing friends or family along. Roof racks provide an easy win by keeping those boards, bikes, and boats up on top so you can all pile in for a day or weekend exploring WA’s endless adventures.

What to Consider

Like any car modification there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing roof racks. We’re going to assume you have a pretty good idea of what you need the racks for, but it’s important to get specific so West Coast Towbars can fit the right system.

Side note: now is a great time to look at your car and find out if it has pre-installed roof rails. We can easily fit a huge range of roof racks to existing rails. If not, we can easily bolt them on in no time.

  • What are you carrying?

How much space do you need? Are the items regular shapes, or will you need special fasteners to hold them in place? Do you need a weather-proof (and dust resistant) hard case system? All of these questions will help you identify the exact arrangement and model of racks that are right for you.

  • What kind of car do you have?

Every vehicle has different load limits that you will need to know for installing the racks. If you’re only hauling sporting equipment, it’s unlikely you’ll get near the limit but if you’re loading up for a long adventure it is worth double checking. Roof racks can be attached to cars of virtually any size, so the only limit you have is what the axles can safely handle.

Once you’ve gone through the guide above and you’re ready to make a smart storage decision, give West Coast Towbars a call for the best roof racks quote in Perth. All our work is guaranteed, and with over 30 years’ experience in the industry we can also guarantee you will drive away happy with your new roof racks, wherever you’re headed!

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