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Finding the Right Auto Accessories

Hello, my name is Francis and this is my auto accessories blog. Last year, I purchased a vintage camper van. I had always dreamt of owning a camper van so I could drive around Australia, exploring the towns, cities and the countryside. However, when I finally took ownership of the van, I quickly realised why it had been for sale at such a low price. The van was missing a lot of accessories such as the original gear stick, the wing mirrors and the seat covers. Thankfully, my friend who is an auto expert, taught me how to find the perfect accessories for the van.



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A Guide For First-Timers When Buying Roof Racks

by Roger Jackson

As more car owners opt for smaller vehicles due to their fuel economy, it is essential to consider extra storage space. A roof rack offers car owners more space for fitting sporting equipment such as skis, kayaks and bikes. Also, roof racks can accommodate tools, such as ladders that would otherwise not fit inside a small car. With so many roof rack modes on the market, potential buyers can be overwhelmed. Besides, roof racks come in a range of sizes and shapes for different applications. This article is a guide for first-time buyers of roof racks.

Roof Rack Material 

Since roof racks are made from different materials such as steel, aluminium and polyester/foam, buyers should choose a material that is durable and long-lasting. Steel racks are incredibly durable. However, the downside is that steel is susceptible to the elements and can rust over time. Furthermore, steel racks can be a bit heavy, which means that they can affect a vehicle's fuel economy. Powder-coated aluminium racks are popular because they are strong but light in weight. The lightweight property makes such roof racks easy to install. Besides, aluminium racks are resistant to harsh conditions such as rain and sunshine. When transporting lighter gear, you might want to consider lighter racks made of inflatable polyester. Such foam racks are light-duty and not ideal for supporting heavy gear.

Modular Roof Rack 

When buying a roof, rack you want something easy to install. A modular rack offers just that — ease of assembly. With a modular roof rack, you can add extra storage by incorporating more rack slats. A modular rack is simple to configure and can be adjusted depending on the type of gear you intend to carry.

Low-Profile Rack 

Remember that all roof racks will take a toll on the fuel mileage of your car. Furthermore, roof racks are known to increase noise inside a car. By buying a low-profile roof rack, you can reduce noise due to low drag while also saving on fuel. Furthermore, such a roof rack eases loading and unloading of cargo. Also, a low-profile rack ensures safe access in areas with low height, such as tunnels and some parking garages.

Consider Accessories 

Roof rack accessories help in securing your cargo or adding complementing the available storage space. For example, carriers are helpful for the safe transportation of bikes, kayaks and other water gear. You might also go for bike racks and rod holders. Remember to consult a roof rack vendor to include accessories that are ideal for your lifestyle and transportation needs.