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How to choose a roof boxBack

Roof boxIts summer holiday time and many of us will be packing up the car and heading off on our jollies, but that’s when we have got past the stress of actually packing the car successfully.

Many of us will throw everything into the boot and just hope that the car boot will miraculously close – but it doesn’t have to be like this.

In recent years, sales of roof boxes and cycle racks have hit a record high as people are downsizing their cars to save on cash. Buying a roof box might cost you a few hundred quid, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a much better investment than buying a bigger car.

According to Thule, a manufacturer of roof boxes, there has been an astonishing growth. Peter Barker, its business manager for the UK, said: “There has been a significant increase in the demand for both roof boxes and cycle carriers over the past 10 years, with roof boxes showing an increase of just over 70 per cent and cycle carriers by 150 per cent.”

Thule also comments that the majority of people who invest in a cycle carrier or roof box, prefer to invest at the higher end of the market, presumably because they are hoping that the product will be sound enough to last a gruelling motorway journey without breaking.

Most of us would consider our boot space completely adequate for most situations, in fact, my trusty Volkswagen Polo will more than adequately fit a buggy in the boot as well as two car seats in the rear and the weekly shop – you can’t argue with that.

But for those times when you are going away, a roof box and cycle carrier could double your carrying space. They are not difficult to put together either – or so I am told. But if you are not up for a bit of DIY, you can pay companies such as Halfords £24.98 to fit it to your car for you – simple.

The main thing to remember is to simply choose the right roof box to suit your car. If you already have roof bars, measure the width between them to make sure the roof box you’ve chosen fits. It’s also worth considering which way the roof box opens and where you will need to access it from.

Finally, spend a bit more cash on a middle of the range roof box rather than a cheap purchase via the internet which could be flimsy. More expensive boxes will have a superior locking mechanism that will prevent you removing the key until it’s properly locked so it is well worth taking a look at a selection of different roof boxes before you make your final decision.



Posted by Leana Kell on 30/07/2013