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Package deal: Atera Casar XL AR2294 roof box, gloss black, and bars

Code: AR2294-P

A new box for 2019, designed to compete with the Thule Motion XT series and (especially in Germany) with the KAMEI Corvara S. As well as modern styling features, dual side opening, and low profile box to bar fittings, it includes a 'Just pull to shut' closing system. The unique opening handle levers the lid just far enough from the base to make opening the box unusually easy.

This package deal is only available at this "from price" if CRUZ has steel roof rail bars for your vehicle (CRUZ has bars for most vehicles), but we're also offering packages with our other bar brands, at higher prices but with even bigger savings.

All our roof bars packages provide everything you need. All you need to do is to click on "Select box", then choose your car to see the options and the savings.

This superb box and bars package deal provides everything you need for a fixed price, including locking roof bars and a roof box storage device or a useful set of straps. All you need to do is to click on "Select box" and we'll then show you which roof bars are available. You'll pay more for aluminium than steel, and you'll pay more for Atera, Thule, or Yakima, but the savings on buying the components individually are huge. We're confident that you won't find such good value anywhere else.

The Atera Casar, new for 2019, has a purposeful, fine-looking lid design that maximises the internal space while still providing the rigidity and stability required. The roof box base includes recesses which bring the whole box closer to the car roof; these recesses are long enough to accommodate widely-spaced roof bars or prominent rear tailgate spoilers; in other words, we expect the Casar to be able to be fitted to all cars.

Dual-side opening, and claw-style fittings: As you'd expect for a box in this price range, it includes dual-side opening so you can mount it on the left or the right of the car roof for easier fitting and easier access (you can of course position it in the middle of the roof if you prefer!) Its low-profile Premium-Fit claw style roof bar fittings include a torque limiter, so you can't over-tighten them. Claw-style fittings will limit the positioning of the roof box if they clash with the roof bar mountings, but the Premium-Fit system is very easily replaced with T-track adapters, allowing you to position the box wherever you want on a pair of aluminium T-track roof bars.

The SafeGuard System: The Casar includes a very clever new box opening and closing system, called SafeGuard:

  • Box opening: When you pull the metal handle it lifts the lid just enough to separate the locking components in the lid and base, and to 'break the seal', so opening the lid is particularly easy to do, jerk free and smooth.
  • Box closing: It's a 'Just pull to shut' system, with 3 point central locking. Pull on the lid until all 3 locks engage - you'll hear a click and the opening handle will have snapped shut into its housing; you'll then know it's properly closed.
  • Locking is separate from closing: You don't need to use the key to open or close the box - you lock it only when you want to lock it, usually when leaving the box unattended. This can make for a better all-round experience, especially if the box key is on the car key set. For example, you may not wish to lock the box while you're loading it (but you still want to shut it, if it's windy or raining) or if you're travelling around a ski resort, or from a campsite to the beach.

Other features:

  • This box has a deep gloss-black lid on a matt-black base.
  • Externally, 215cm x 90cm x 43cm - space for one bike carrier on 120cm or 122cm aluminium roof bars
  • Internally, 210cm x 85cm x 42cm
  • The empty box weighs 20.5kg, and it's certified to carry a maximum load of 75kg. You should note your vehicle's maximum roof loading limit, and the weight of the roof bars and roof box, before working out what maximum weight you should carry..
  • Premium-Fit box to bar fittings are suitable for almost all roof bars - they'll fit 95mm wide x 38mm deep oval or wing-shaped bars, or 95mm x 28mm rectangular bars). Note that Premium-Fit will not fit Thule ProBars. T-track adapters will provide more flexibility about where the box can be placed on the roof bars, and may be required if your roof bars are unusually deep. Note that Premium-Fit include a locking device so they can't be loosened accidentally.
  • Internal luggage straps are included to help secure your gear inside the box; they should be used, especially if carrying narrow and heavy items such as skis.
  • Atera Casar boxes have been thoroughly tested by the German TÜV to the latest standards, including "City Crash testing".
  • 5 year guarantee

Atera is the leading German car rack systems brand, although they have their boxes made for them by Hapro in Holland. Atera's commitment to engineering excellence and quality is demonstrated by the fact that the majority of their business is with the Original Equipment market, i.e. direct to the car manufacturers, where major customers include Audi, BMW, Daewoo, Chrysler, Fiat, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mercedes, Opel, Subaru, Suzuki, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.

Summary: A top-notch box with superb build quality; it's a pleasure to use. The materials quality is up there with the KAMEI Corvara S (and better than the Thule Motion XT); we're pleased to give it an overall five star rating.

Very few customers know much about the roof box market before they visit our site. We have a lot of information about the things to think about before buying, and the “real world usefulness" of various roof box features, but you’ll be buying sight unseen, and you probably won’t have used a roof box before, so there is inevitably some luck in getting a box that you’ll be happy with.

We want to remove the risks of buying these large and often expensive items, perhaps from brands which almost every other roof box retailer doesn’t stock, and so we have a unique “90 day Exchange Scheme” for roof boxes.

This allows you to use a roof box and, with the benefit of experience, to exchange it for a new one within 90 days of invoice date. Most exchanges are from a shorter box to a longer one, or from a wider box to a narrower one.

These are the rules of the Exchange Scheme:

  • You are allowed one exchange only.
  • The original box must be in "as new" condition, subject only to fair wear and tear.
  • The replacement box must be a different model.
  • The replacement box must not be part of a package deal or be from our Bargains section.
  • Roof bars are never part of the Exchange Scheme.

This is how the exchange scheme works:

  • We charge in full for the replacement box, including the appropriate carriage charge and a charge for any packaging needed for the return of the original.
  • We arrange the collection and pay the return carriage costs.
  • When the original box arrives back here we refund you for the invoice value of the original box, but you won't get back more than the invoice value of the replacement box. In other words, if the replacement is cheaper than the original we won't be giving you "extra cash back".

If you want to exchange a box that was purchased as part of a package deal, the scheme works in exactly the same way. Please note that the roof bars in package deals will be invoiced at the full “Our Price” that was advertised at the time of order, with the box representing the difference between the package deal price and the roof bars. Package deal roof boxes are often invoiced at a very substantial discount to the cost of buying that box on its own, so it’s likely that you’ll need to pay a bit extra if you want to exchange for a box that is normally the same price as the one you’re trading in.

Please note: we can only collect items from mainland UK.

Technical specifications at a glance:

  • External dimensions: 191 (l) x 81 (w) x 42 (h) cm
  • Internal dimensions: 187 (l) x 76 (w) cm
  • Volume: 420 litres
  • Weight: 17.5kg
  • Max load capacity: 75kg
  • Max number of skis: 6 (max 185cm)
  • Opens from: both sides
  • Type of struts: dynamic spring struts
  • Fits bars up to: 95mm wide x 38mm deep oval/wing bars or 95mm x 28mm rectangular bars*; aerobar adapters also available (see below)
  • Distance between roof bars: min 55, max 95cm
  • Guarantee: 5 years
  • Colour: gloss black
*T-track adapters (see below) are required for Audi branded roof bars.

Delivery charges and arrangements:

We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.

For most UK addresses, the charge for our two to three day service is £5.50 (£9.50 for orders including a roof box) and our charge for Next Working Day deliveries is £8.50 (£12.50 for orders involving a roof box). AutoSock, shoe chains, RUD i-Sock, and small spare parts, are charged £3.95 (Royal Mail Tracked), £4.95 (Royal Mail Express Tracked) or £5.95 (express courier, usually Next Working Day).

There are different charges for any delivery including a sea crossing, and deliveries to Skye - we will contact you with a quote on receipt of order.

Orders for Next Working Day delivery need to be received by 4.00pm.

There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Next Working Day orders placed on a Friday will be delivered on the Monday, Next Working Day orders placed on a Saturday will be delivered on the Tuesday.

We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver on a day and at an address which suits you. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.

No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. All courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.

Payment options:

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 How the Exchange Scheme works with package deals 
 Delivery charges and Payment options