How much does a roof rack cost?
Words: Andrew Watt & Simon Coward
As a rack retailer, this is a question we are often asked, and although there is no simple answer, you can break it down into a few categories that will help give you an idea of the overall expense.
What does your roof already have on it?
Roof types can be broken down into the following categories:
- Naked Roof (nothing on it at all)
- Flush Rails or Fixed Points
- Raised Rails
- Pre-Existing Cross Bars
- Truck Bed & Canopy
Each of these styles require slightly different solutions, so, check out the images below and see below for further details on roof rack price ranges for your vehicle.
NAKED ROOF OR FIXED POINTS
Naked roof racks for the most part require 3 components, a fit kit (fastens rack system to your specific vehicle), Foot Pack and Load / Cross Bars. There are some more temporary out of the box options available, though these are definitely designed with lighter, less frequent use in mind.
PRICE RANGE: $199 - $740 + gst
RACK OPTIONS FOR VEHICLES WITH A NAKED ROOF OR FIXED POINTS
|Malone Versa Rail
|Rhino Heavy Duty Bar
Flush rails are a system where the vehicle has a rail system running front to back on the roof, though with no space between the roof and the rail. For the most part require 3 components, a fit kit (fastens rack system to your specific vehicle), Foot Pack and Load / Cross Bars.
NOTE: Some flush rail systems will require fixed point fitting, though the price is more or less the same.
PRICE RANGE: $485 - $740 + gst
RACK OPTIONS FOR VEHICLES WITH FLUSH RAILS
|Rhino Vortex Bar
|Yakima Round Bar
|Yakima Jet Stream
Many vehicles have raised rails, where there is a rail running front to back on the vehicle roof with space between the rail and the roof. This setup has the most options and are also the most cost effective as they typically only require a 1 or 2 component system as the rails are quite universal.
PRICE RANGE: $189 - $530 + gst
RACK OPTIONS FOR VEHICLES WITH RAISED RAILS
|Malone Airflow 2
|Rhino Vortex Stealth Bar
PRE EXISTING CROSS BARS
Some vehicles come with pre installed cross bars. This means you are ready to add accessories such as ski carriers, cargo boxes, bike racks and more. No need to purchase after market cross bars, UNLESS you are looking to increase the weight capacity, or width of your rack, or have accessory specific fitting needs such as those required by the Malone Telos Load Assist. Note that some factory installed crossbars have significantly lower max weight ratings than their aftermarket alternatives. See your owner's manual or consult your vehicle dealer for weight ratings and limitations on factory installed roof racks.
TRUCK BED & CANOPY RACKS
You can put racks on the cab of your truck but many people want them either mounted on the truck bed or canopy of the vehicle. There are multiple options from a number of brands to set up your pickup for carrying cargo.
PRICE RANGE: $320 - $1600 + gst
Note: There are many options in this space, below is just a small selection. Please feel free to contact us by phone at 780 463 4892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed advice and information.
RACK OPTIONS FOR TRUCK BEDS
|Rhino RTV Track
|Yakima Long Arm Bed Extender
|Yakima Overhaul HD
|Malone Axis Bed Extender
|Malone Axis Bed Extender w/ Versa Rail
Last but not least, some vans and older vehicles have rain gutters to mount racks on. Price wise you are looking at similar range to the raised rail systems listed above. The fastening mechanism is slightly different but generally a 2 component system.
So that is a quick(ish) breakdown of the different roof types, rack options and price ranges for base racks for vehicles. We hope the information makes sense and is of value.
Thanks for checking in!