About Us

28 years and still rackin'!

Racks For Cars is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and is Edmonton's #1 destination for car rack products. We are a family owned and operated business and have been in business for over 28 years. We have two locations in Edmonton as well as an online store where products can be purchased and shipped to almost any destination in Canada and the continental USA.

Here at Racks For Cars we specialize in products and solutions for carrying bikes, cargo, camping gear, skis, snowboards, kayaks, canoes, surf boards, stand up paddleboards, and more. We provide solutions for carrying your gear on or in your car, truck, van, or sport utility vehicle. We carry the largest selection of rack brands in Canada including Thule, Yakima, Whispbar, Sportrack, Inno, Hollywood, Swagman, Kuat, Arvika, Rockymounts, Trac Rac, Pro Rac, Skinz Protective Gear, Saris and more. Most products are displayed for view in our showrooms.

Our staff not only have a vast knowledge of the products we carry but are also mountain bikers, road cyclists, paddlers, hikers, and campers, and we love taking our sports with us on our travels. Therefore, we understand that getting your family, friends, and gear to where it needs to be is important! We strive to provide our customers with the widest selection of products and solutions to fit their needs and can find you the proper solution at the right price.

In addition to car rack products, we carry other products such as the Thule Active with Kids line up which includes Chariot Child Carriers and Thule Child Bike Seats. We also sell the Thule Pack ‘n Pedal line of commuter and touring panniers and stock all the Thule travel gear. As well recently by popular demand we have decided to stock the Kinetic indoor bike trainers.

In addition to sales we also rent a wide assortment of racking systems. If you need to transport bikes or skis for a weekend or one time use we have quality rack systems that are designed specifically for your vehicle. We also rent an assortment of ski and luggage boxes all at an affordable price.

Have an old rack that no longer fits your vehicle? Bought a new vehicle your rack no longer fits? No problem. At Racks For Cars we take trade-ins on racks and we will buy used racks outright for cash!

Installation is our specialty at Racks For Cars. Our experienced staff can install most everything we sell. This way you can be assured your rack will be installed correctly the first time. That also means during the cold winter months you can stay nice and warm inside while we install your rack.

At Racks For Cars we also do custom installations. Our stores have the proper tools and expertise for your custom applications. We do custom installations on canopies, Jeep hard-tops, vans, sport utility vehicles and many others. Come and see us with your ideas and we will see what we can do to accommodate your requirements.

History

In January of 1988, what would eventually evolve into Racks For Cars was incorporated. We originally started out as a sports rental company where we rented everything from camping gear to whitewater rafts to ski equipment, including ski racks and ski boxes. Our selection of rental ski racks and rental ski boxes were so popular that we eventually decided to start selling them in addition to continuing to do rentals. Initially, we carried Yakima and Thule as these were the two main rack companies in North America at the time.

Over time the price of outdoor gear (camping gear, skis, and snowboards, etc.) came down and more people opted to purchase rather than rent their gear. As a result there was more demand for car rack products. This demand would lead to Racks For Cars becoming the main focus of our business today. Ski and snowboard equipment can now be rented from your destination resort, easier than ever!

Although our business has changed over time we have remained in the same two great locations: One on the south side of Edmonton and one on the west end of Edmonton. Racks For Cars - Southside primarily serves south and east Edmonton as well as surrounding cities and towns such as Sherwood Park, Leduc, Camrose, Red Deer, and others. Our Racks For Cars - Westend location serves north and west Edmonton as well as other surrounding communities such as St. Albert, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove and others.

In April of 2001 we launched one of the first on-line shopping websites devoted exclusively to car racks in Canada. In August 2012 we launched our website where our valued customers are able to browse our product selection, check in-store stock, read our blog, info and advice section, and of course purchase products online for shipping right across Canada and the continental USA. We now offer free shipping on most orders over $150 across Canada.

Meet the staff

Edmonton South

  • Mike C
  • Dustin C
  • Brad C
  • Sloane D
  • Dan T
  • Josh C
  • Jarred C
  • Karson D
  • Austin S

Edmonton West

  • Bob C
  • Tyler C
  • Ed B
  • Zach M
  • Chris M