It’s about time for those summer family vacations to begin! The thought of packing can be incredibly overwhelming especially if you are toting those little ones with you. A car carrier for the top of your minivan or Suv can be a huge help to relieve the stress of “where in the world do I put everything?” If the time has come for you to expand your luggage space, consider asking yourself these questions before deciding if you need a cargo box or bag carrier.
How durable and secure do I need my carrier to be?
Does it need more protection with a hard shell carrier or are most of your items already in sturdy luggage? The cargo box carrier offers excellent security and is lockable and unable to be cut. A good bag carrier also can be secure if you have a high-quality zipper and a vinyl backing to protect your luggage from the rain.. No one wants wet luggage when they arrive to their destination!
How much money am I willing to spend?
Costs of carriers range significantly depending on the brand you choose. However, the cargo bags are much more economical if you are seeking the least inexpensive route. Also, color matters. The lighter colored carriers are actually more expensive because they hold less heat than darker carriers.
How do I plan on storing my carrier?
The cargo box carriers will need a large area to be stored if you choose not to leave it on your vehicle. The bag is foldable and very easily stored.
Will my carrier hold up to wind resistance?
Cargo boxes usually have a more aerodynamic shape than cargo bags and won’t be flapping in the wind. There are actually some car back carriers which attach to a luggage rack on the back of a SUV or van, and have the benefit of no aerodynamic drag.
What shape do I need to hold most of my items?
Do you often have odd size packages such as at Christmas time while trying to pack all your nieces’ and nephews’ presents into the carrier? The bag will definitely expand to the shapes of your items but if you have the same standard items normally, than you may not need the give and take that the bag offers.
Whether you are traveling from central to Midwestern Missouri or across the good ole USA, make sure you ask yourself these important questions before making your final buying decision. Buying the carrier that is right for your family will make your vacation even better. If you have yet to find that minivan or SUV that is suitable for that trip, please talk with the staff at our Marshall auto dealership. We would love to have a part in your trip being a success by helping you find a vehicle that is safe and affordable for your family. Click here to learn more today!