I wrote about my lovely brother-in-law giving us his old roof box and we’re still really grateful. In particular I’m relishing the opportunity to pack more than just one pair of trousers and three pairs of underwear when we go away again on Friday.
The problem is, a roof rack is not a generic thing. So while the box and bars were indeed free, we still have to buy the attachments to get them to fit Husband’s car. To get these new would have been more than £100 from the high street! Given that the car will go back in October to be swapped for a shiny new, but as yet, unknown one (it’s a company car) we didn’t really want to pay that much.
So started our usual round of research, scouring well-known auction sites and a number of online advert websites. We found two suitable ones, but one had just sold and the other was in South Wales and the owner wasn’t comfortable with the idea of a courier picking it up and a direct bank transfer of the money (he didn’t have a Paypal account and would have preferred a Postal Order!).
We did have a sneaky bid on one of the two necessary bits on the auction site, but as we didn’t get the first bit, it wasn’t worth bidding on the second bit as postage is so expensive.
In the end Amazon saved the day and we got the kit new for about £80.
The next thing I’m wondering is just what the roof box is going to do to the fuel economy. As a good Yorkshire wife I’m mindful of money at all times. Husband is a traditional Yorkshire
tightwad frugal man and, to be fair, we are feeling the effects of price increases like every family is. So I’m off to find some stats about fuel economy and I may or may not share them, depending on whether I think Husband will ban us from taking the roof box if he sees them.