It's highly unlikely. AutoAnything's bike racks employ a variety of padded channels for cradling your bike rack during transportation. The materials used in the channels are specially-designed to be soft for preventing chips and are slip-free for stopping abrasions from vibrating.
All parts of folding trunk-mount bike racks that come in contact with your vehicle's paint are protected. The hooks on these bike racks are vinyl-coated (or otherwise padded), while large soft pads guard the bottom bars from marking your vehicle's finish. If installed properly, no damage will be done to your paint.
Yes. Some hitch-mount bike rack models offered by AutoAnything have the added benefit of mounting right on your trailer ball. This means you can leave that heavy adapter in the receiver instead of fussing with clumsy removal and storage. Our ball-mount bike racks are designed for standard ball adapter sizes.
No. The cradle extenders that expand the number of bikes your rack can carry are only available for a select few racks. Most of our other racks just come in a larger capacity, though, so they're more than equipped to haul all the bikes you need.
Most of AutoAnything's bike racks can be secured to the vehicle for theft prevention. This includes hitch-mount bike racks that fit inside the receiver, which can be fully secured with an extra locking hitch pin. These handy security parts are available at most common super stores, home stores and hitch shops.
Folding trunk mount bike racks are designed for easy installation and removal. Because of this design, it's best to remove the bike rack from your vehicle if you plan on leaving it unattended.
AutoAnything's bike racks feature adjustable channels for holding virtually any size and shape of bike frame. Some of our racks employ channels with a plate that locks over the top of all of your bikes. If you haul different sized bikes at the same time, the top plate won't fit right. If this situation could happen with your bikes, select a rack with individual locking channels.
Folding bike racks have no locking mechanism over their padded grooves that hold your bikes. They'll fit any size bike frame, as well as any combination of bike frame sizes.
If you're conscious of the extra length added to the back of your vehicle, a bike rack isn't much of a danger for causing damage. Fitting into tight parking spaces may be a little challenging with or without bikes loaded on the rack, though.
If you select a folding trunk-mount bike rack, it's faster, easier and highly-recommended that you remove the rack when empty. Thus, there are no worries about back-up dimensions and fitting parking spaces. If tight spaces are part of your daily routine and you want a hitch mount bike rack, pick a model with folding or rotating channel arms. This reduces the extra length on the back of your vehicle to almost nothing. The best idea is to remove the rack completely if you won't be hauling bikes any time soon.
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