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Picture this, you are planning for a vacation with your family or even friends and you have no car. You visit one of the rental companies and they rent you one. Then you realize that all your vacation essentials cannot fit in that car.

Not enough space, however, an idea pops up in your mind that you can install your roof box on the car. But a confusion comes in because you didn’t think of using a roof box on a rental car . If you ever find yourself in such a dilemma what do you need to do?  Do what it takes to find a way because, if a problem exists then a solution must be born.

First and foremost, you don’t have your car, so don’t install your cargo carrier or roof box on the car you have rented, why? Every rental company has its own rules and regulations and it is good first to consult with them so that they can grant you a go-ahead. They may grant you a YES or a NO depending on how their term of service dictates.

What do you consider the most?

Here something else to think about, since you don’t own the car you have rented it, where are you going to get the roof box? Are you going to purchase the roof box or rent as well? if you then purchase the roof box, are you planning to purchase your car anytime soon?

Those are questions to flow into your mind before you can initiate any plan. The rental companies may be offering much more than the vehicles. You can revisit the same place you rented the car and request to rent the roof box as well.

Many rental companies include bicycle racks, child car seats, and rooftop carriers for rental. It can be a little more difficult to find a company that will rent you a car and as well rent you the cargo carrier but it’s fairly common to find a company’s renting the bicycle racks and as well rent the car. In your mind, the following questions may run in your head like a music tape. 

What to consider when using a roof box on a rental car?

If the leasing company has these cargo carriers for leasing and they can lease you together with the car then it is important to consider renting from them the cargo carrier. This decision can be catalyzed by knowing that you are not likely to own your cargo carrier anytime soon.

This is considered to be much cheaper and even more convenient leasing the cargo carrier from the same company that leased you the vehicle than purchasing your own. The company will only opt to add a small fee on your bill and even install the rooftop carrier for you. They will make it simpler for you, so that you don’t have to do it all on your own.

Each rental car company is different

A rooftop carrier and or a will be much fun if you are planning for a ski trip or fishing trip once in your lifetime.  It is good to understand that whether you are purchasing your rooftop carriers or renting first consult with the rental company so that you can learn their policies.

Every leasing company has its own policies when it comes to leasing the vehicles and even mounting rooftop carries on top.

Be conversant with what the company permits and that it restricts so that you can plan accordingly. By doing so you will be able to know what you should do with the car and what you are not supported to do even before they have handed over the car to you.

You don’t want to purchase a roof carrier or rent one and realize later that the leasing company of your choice does not allow the installation of rooftop carriers on their cars.

About getting this information, some of these companies provide the entire information on their website. So checking online is the first thing you can do if you are planning to use a rooftop carrier on your rental car. The company might not be that big or popular but that does not matter.

In some of the instances, popular or big rental companies may not at all allow you to install rooftop carriers on their vehicle. But small companies may allow the installation of the rooftops or even install for you.

So making sure that you have contacted the company via email or a call will take a few minutes of your time and save you from headaches you may encounter when going to pick your rental vehicle.

Slap them with questions, what you need to know, what not to do with the vehicle, and what you can’t. Let them get to understand you need a rooftop carrier and don’t stop at that point.

Request to know their policies as far as the cargo carriers and their rental vehicles is concerned. By doing so you will be able to distance yourself from any stress that may arise during the handover of the car to you or return. 

Permitting carriers under some conditions

Some of the vehicle leasing companies will allow the installation of roof carriers on their rental companies under some given conditions.  For example, they may lease the carriers as well which the type of the carrier is the soft –type cargo carrier.

This is the cargo type that the leasing company perhaps they might allow to be installed in their car.

The company may also permit the installation of the rooftop carriers of which you have to do your own, but still under certain conditions. Their policies may dictate that you mount your cargo carriers on top of the roof rack so that their vehicle is not scratched when installing the roof carrier.

They may also want to rent you knowing that you ensure the rooftop should not exceed a certain amount of size, so that their vehicle is not overweight that much.

The rental company will do the same way to the cargo carriers if they rent you one just like the car.  What I am trying to drive home is, in case of anything to happen on the rooftop carrier you are responsible just like the car.

The damages that may occur in any of them you should cater for it. As a matter of fact, there is no way you can get rid of this rule because the liability always falls on the shoulders of the customers.

However, many of the companies will not permit you to mount hard-shell cargo carriers to their rental vehicles. This may be as a result of not having a roof rack on their vehicles or they can’t approve their weight.

Every company will have its own rule and clearly explain each rule and why it should be adhered to. It’s, therefore, your obligation to ensure all these rules are followed and not even a single one broken otherwise you will be overcharged. 


You may wonder if there is a company that will allow its consumers to lease cargo carriers for their trip in planning, well the answer here will depend on different factors.

Since the market, there are different types of cargo carriers, and the company may have a different roof rack vehicle without a roof rack or with, the company may or not allow installing rooftop carriers depending on their policies.

Many of the companies will not allow the installation of these rooftop carriers, simply because they want to avoid the liability that comes with allowing their consumers or clients to install these rooftop carriers when they are leasing the car to them.

They prefer to keep the vehicle safe because the car may end having some scratches or something will cost more to their clients.

Always make sure to do some research before you take off on your next road trip or vacation that you will need to lease a car and require to install a cargo carrier.

If you happen that you will need to lease a car and require the rooftop carriers as well, ensure to consult with the leasing company to ensure that they allow the installation.

Visiting the rental company is always recommended when you are planning to lease a car and at the same time lease a rooftop carrier. Not all the companies will allow this because they are nervous about their car getting damaged.

So asking directly from the company will help you decide how you will go about that. Some companies will rent you the car and also rent you the rooftop carriers as well. So you will be able to use the roof box on a rental car company their approval.

We also strongly recommend you to go through the company leasing terms and conditions as it will give you the idea of what you should do with the car or not do with the car. By so doing you will be on the safer side from the stress that may arise between you and the company.