A lot depends on the vehicle that you have. I prefer EVERYTHING to be inside of my van, including the kayak! Certainly, not everyone can do that. I bought the Mini X just so I could transport the yak without a trailer.
However, for the last 20 years or so, whenever I had a long enough vehicle, I put my fishing rods INSIDE of the van by adding a clothes rod and a bungee. Through a half dozen different vehicles ( Suburbans; Tahoes: Expedition: and two or three vans, ) I've been able to work that out.
I have a VERY understanding wife, who humors me with my rods inside of my van 24/7. Of course, she has her own little car, and doesn't use the van, except when we go out together.
These days, I ALWAYS take my paddle(s) apart after yakking. They stow easily on the side of rear luggage storage area of pretty much any vehicle, I'd think. I'ver read about people who don't EVER take their paddles apart, and, when they finally have to do so, the d@$% thing WON'T come apart at all.
Hope these pictures are self explanatory.
p.s. the extra bungee cords hold the rod(s) from sliding forward or back. Took me a year or two to get that right.