The world of vehicle racks can feel overwhelming. Many shoppers want to grab something and go; unfortunately, it’s too easy to get a rack that isn’t suited to your needs. Shop with these 3 tips in mind.
- Figure out what you need
Racks come in aluminum and steel; from there, the size and design can vary widely. Aluminum is lightweight yet durable, and it won’t rust. Steel is stronger, and can hold more weight as a result.
Decide what you want to use the rack for and what shape or material is best. This will narrow down your options significantly. Once you’ve made the choice of steel vs. aluminum and the approximate size, move on to research.
- Research suitable racks
After you’ve narrowed down the options, explore the different styles of racks that meet your material and size specifications. What are the pros and cons of each? What rack works best with your type of vehicle? Are there any prohibited uses of the rack, which would cause you not to select it? While this phase can take a long time, it will help you narrow down what’s right for you. Stop researching when you have a handful of potential racks and need to determine the best option.
- Compare the final candidates
Compare the final candidates on price, style, and features to determine which is the best overall option for your needs. If there’s a key feature you cannot find in another rack, or if there’s a price break on one of your picks, decide and buy!
By taking your time to find the perfect vehicle rack, you can invest in a well-made rack that fits your vehicle, meets your needs, and helps you achieve your goals.