Roof Rails: A Quick Guide
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Fitting a set of roof rails to your car adds immeasurable flexibility and convenience. They are the perfect solution for hundreds of individuals including families on holiday, outdoor enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, DIYers, cyclists and much more.

Essentially, a set of car roof racks helps you to hold more things very convenient when you plan to buy more than you expected to in Ikea! If it's more bags or baby gear in a roof box, surfs or ladders, bikes a roof bar can accommodate it.

But this doesn't stop there, what about the set of drawers you've been looking at? Or the old sofa in the shed that you need to carry to the tip? There are dozens of daily situations where a roof rack will come in useful and could eliminate the need to hire a van or annoy your friend who owns a big estate car. Essentially, a package of car roof racks helps you to hold more, freeing up space for you and your guests inside the vehicle.

How much does a Roof Bars cost?

A variety of factors have an effect on prices, such as building materials, i.e., aluminium or steel, the form or design of roof rack and, of course, the product. Aluminium roof racks appear quite costly than steel. Roof bars with a smooth design are going to be more costly. Mont Blanc or Whispbar, THULE roof bars can cost more than they are considered to be luxury products within the trade.

They can start as low at 50 dollars and then go up to 300 dollars.

Will any roof rack fit any car?

No, sadly, it's not. You can't simply purchase any roof rack you can see to fit Toyota roof rack, there are various variations for different cars, but luckily, it's not rocket science! Read on and we're all going to explain!

How do I decide on which roof rack to get?

There are four main kinds of roof rails, and they different in the way they are attached to the vehicle.  Different vehicles use different connection methods.

  • Roof bars for vehicles with an elevated roof rails: most often seen on SUVs & estate cars. Rising roof rails pass along the front of the back of the roof.  These raised rails are equipped by the auto manufacturer and are often provided as an alternative or as original kit on some models. They're known as 'elevated' roof rails, as they're brought up from the roof of the car with a pretty obvious gap between the rail and the roof, unlike the 'solid' roof rails that we're coming to next.
  • Roof bars for vehicles with rigid roof rails: again, the 'solid' roof rail is the most frequently seen on estate cars with a much more contemporary version of the elevated roof rail. They appear to be seen on cars from around 2006 onwards and flush with the roof of the vehicle, i.e., there is no distance between the rail and the roof.
  • Roof rails for cars with fixed points: Fix points can be seen on any car body type, whether it be hatch, saloon, MPV or estate. A 'Fix Point' is a specified point on a car roof or within a door jamb, designed specifically for the installing of a roof rack. Typically, there would be four of them and they are usually covered under a tiny plastic cap or a cover on the roof. There are a variety of different 'fix point' designs, and in some cases the exact mounting point can be difficult to locate.
  • Roof bars for vehicles without fix points or rail: If your vehicle does not have any of the features listed above, it will need a 'Door Jamb' style roof rail. 

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