Hope someone can help.
I'm in the process of purchasing a new (2nd Hand) car, and need some advise on which bike rack will work with it. I've done some research and it seems the car can not get an aftermarket tow bar fitted (Not that I actually want to get the bumper cut), due to not having a support bar under the bumper, and also two silencer boxes being in the way.
The car is question is a Mercedes A45, with Edition 1 wing fitted.
Would the best be a boot lid bike rack, or roof top bike rack?
I don't really like the root top option because I can't drive into my garage with the bike on the back, and it's also a bit of a mission to get the bike onto the roof. And I don't know if the boot will be able to open with the bike rack on the roof and the wing being mounted on the boot lid.
My issues with the boot mounted option are,
1. Whether it's going to fit under the wing,
2. Will the straps damage the boot lid lip
3. Will I still be able to open the boot while the rack is on it
The two options I've found are,
Sarris Bones EX 3 bike - Problem with this one is it doesn't lock onto the car, but it does look like it'll clear the boot lid lip.
Thule Raceway 3 Bike - Problem is it might not clear the lip, but it does lock.
Does anyone out there in bike world have one of these cars with a bike rack? I'm only taking delivery of the car on Tuesday, so I wanted to get prepared for the day so that I'm not stuck with putting a dirty mountain bike in the boot and over the nice upholstery.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated.