Is the GVWR the actual weight of a vehicle?
No, the GVWR is not necessarily the actual weight of a vehicle. The GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) is a prescribed weight limit from the vehicle manufacturer, indicating the total amount the vehicle can weigh to operate safely.
The actual weight of the vehicle should never be above the GVWR. Actual weight should always be less.
What happens if you exceed GVWR?
Exceeding the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of any vehicle may cause serious damage to the vehicle’s frame, suspension, axles, wheels and other systems. The GVWR is intended to be a maximum weight limit to protect the life of your vehicle.
Attempting to drive with an overloaded vehicle is a serious safety hazard to the driver, passengers and other vehicles on the road.
Is curb weight the same as empty weight?
Yes, curb weight is another name for empty weight. Curb weight is the weight of the vehicle in its factory condition. It excludes any cargo, passengers or aftermarket accessories.
Curb weight is the weight of a vehicle, parked in the lot of a dealership.
Does curb weight include driver?
No, curb weight does not include the driver. Curb weight is simply the weight of the vehicle in its original condition from the factory. It does not include the driver or any passengers or cargo.
How do I calculate curb weight?
Curb weight is calculated by weighing the vehicle in its factory condition. This requires the removal of all passengers, cargo and aftermarket equipment. Curb weight does include fluids necessary for operation, such as gasoline and oil.
With the passengers and cargo removed, weight the vehicle using a vehicle scale. This will give you the curb weight.
Where can I find the weight of my vehicle?
You can find the weight of your vehicle by measuring it with a vehicle scale. A vehicle scale will provide the actual, real-time weight of your vehicle.
For the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) provided by the manufacturer, this information can typically be found on the driver-side door sill, in the owner’s manual or on the manufacturer website.