how to choose a roof rack

How To Choose A Roof Rack In Three Easy Steps

Don’t stress about car boot space, buy a roof rack instead. My handy guide will help you choose the right roof rack in minutes!

If you are thinking of investing in sports equipment, camping gear, or planning a vacation where you might need excess luggage, then having a roof rack is vital. Perhaps you joined the masses and bought a kayak or SUP board last year, or took up cycling or sea swimming? Remember if you are holidaying in Ireland, you need to pack for all types of weather, and if travelling with kids, bringing bikes or any sports equipment with you is a Godsend. 

sup board from

Luckily a roof rack can solve this problem easily, and for very little cost. There are many different types to choose from, with prices from as little as €69. I have teamed up with Irish owned, who are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and travel essentials. They have a wide selection of SUP boards, camping equipment, bike racks and roof racks, many of which are available to order with next day delivery.

camping equipment at MicksGarage

I love that all roof racks sold on come with the fitting kits, locks and keys – many other retailers charge for these separately. I also love their handy roof rack look up tool – you can find the right roof rack to suit your car in minutes! 


How to choose a roof rack for your car:

1. Inspect the roof of your car

Some cars are already fitted with roof rails to give a sporty look. If so, you need to check what type of rails you have. Raised rails sit on the sides of your roof and you can fit your hand underneath them. Sold rails sit flush on your roof and there is no space underneath them.

Some roof bars attach to original fixing points on your car, and every fixed point kit is slightly different, however you can rest assured has a roof rack for all roof types.

how to choose the right roof rack

2. Decide on the appearance and functionality you want

Choosing the right roof rack or bars for your car will come down to functionality, price and personal taste.  Do you want one to carry a roof box, bikes or paddle boards? They can also be used for buggies, golf clubs or large carry bags. 

how to choose a roof rack

Steel bars are stronger and very functional, however aluminium bars are lighter, making them easier to reposition. Aluminium bars are more aerodynamic than a steel bar, providing a near silent experience while driving. However, aluminium bars won’t rust as easily as a steel bar.

Some bars can make your car look sporty, and if you drive a premium car you will want to choose one that suits your vehicle. Aluminium bars are softer and more rounded, so they generally look better. The colour of your car may impact on whether you want silver or black bars too. has a vast range of roof racks, bars and roof boxes to suit all tastes and budgets.


3. Enter your car registration number into MicksGarage roof rack lookup

When I said I would show you how to choose a roof rack in three easy steps – I meant it! Once you know the roof type you have and what you want to use the roof rack for, and simply log on to, enter your car registration number, and you will instantly see the options available for your car. It couldn’t be easier!MicksGarage roof rack chooser

Remember, all bars sold on come with fitting kits, locks and keys as standard, so you will have everything you need to fit your roof bar delivered straight to your door. 

However, if you prefer to speak to someone personally, have friendly travel and leisure experts who would be happy to help you choose a roof rack over the phone – simply call 01-5311337  They can also offer an expert fitting service if required.  Rated 4.7 on Trustpilot, should be your first port of call for staycation essentials this summer. 


This post on how to choose a roof rack was sponsored my MicksGarage.


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