When you decide to get a roof cargo carrier installed on your car, there are a number of things to consider. Apart from the size and cost of the carrier itself, you must first check the weight it can carry. Different carriers are designed for different types of loads. Check the specifications mentioned in the instruction manual, to know what weight your carrier can carry, before you overload it.
When you are choosing a cargo carrier for your car, you must take the following into consideration:
The weight you plan to carry. Whether it is going to be just baggage for your trip or is it going to be something more specific like a cycle, skis, etc. if you plan on carrying a lot of weight on a regular basis, you will have to opt for a model accordingly.
Pre Installed Racks
Check if your car has racks preinstalled. If not, get racks installed based on the cargo carrier of your choice and your car. It is best to get an expert opinion from the carrier seller or your car dealer, to know what is best suitable for your car. There is no point in installing a rack for a carrier that will not suit your car in the first place.
This is one of the most asked questions. If your car already has racks pre installed, more often than not, it will have cross bars too.
If you plan on carrying only a light load from time to time, a cross bar may not be required. However, if you plan on carrying heavy items frequently, it is better to get a cross bar installed. This bar will ensure the things do not move out of place and fall down. When your luggage is not secured properly, it is dangerous not only for those in the car, but for those on the roads too, as it may fall on them, causing serious injury and accidents.