Most car owners may not realize it, but knowing how much your car weighs is very important. It may be necessary when crossing certain bridges, for one. You may even need to report this information to the DMV for proper classification and categorization of your car. It also may come in handy when adding weight to your car. You don’t want to go over the gross vehicle weight rating, do you? Or simply, you might need this information when trying to sell your junk car for cash.
No matter how you look at it, knowing approximately what your car weighs is imperative. The weight of your car in tons will vary depending upon the make, model, year, materials used, and car type (truck, van, SUV, sedan, sports car). Below, we give you a more in-depth look at car weights in tons.
Types of Car Weight
Did you know that your car weight is measured in different ways? While you may not know your car’s exact weight, it is useful to know the various methods of weighing it. Then, if asked, you know exactly what weight you’re looking for. Here are the various car weight types:
- Gross Vehicle Weight – This is the weight of a car with all cargo and passengers inside.
- Curb Weight – This is the weight of a car without the driver, passengers, or cargo
- Payload – this weight is the weight of the car, equipment, passengers, and anything else that may be towed.
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating – This is the maximum total weight your car can handle including drivers, passengers, and cargo.
- Gross Combined Weight – If you’re pulling a trailer, this measurement includes the weight of your car and the trailer.
- Maximum Load Trailer Weight – This measurement is similar to the gross combined rate. However, this includes the weight of a fully loaded trailer.
- Gross Axle Weight – This is the amount of weight that is currently being supported by each axle.
- Gross Axle Weight Rating – This is the maximum amount of weight the axle can support.
Examples of Car Weights by Class
Now that you have an idea of the various types of weight you may be asked about, let’s look at the curb weight for cars based on their class or category.
- Compact Car (e.g. Chrysler PT Cruiser) – average weight of 2.9 tons
- Midsized Cars (e.g. Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme) – average weight of 3.4 tons
- Large Cars – average weight of 4.3 tons
- Compact Trucks or SUVs (e.g. Ford Ranger) – average weight of 3.4 tons
- Midsized Truck or SUV (e.g. Chevrolet Blazer) – average weight of 4.2 tons
- Large Truck or SUV – average weight of 5.4 tons
How to Determine the Weight of Your Vehicle
Now you have a general idea of what your car might weigh. However, the exact measurements can vary greatly by the type of car you have, the materials used to make the car, and the age of the vehicle. Here are some suggestions on how you can be more specific about the weight of your car in tons.
Driver side Door – Try opening the driver’s side door of your car. You may be able to find a sticker with the weight listed on it.
Car Manual – Your car’s manual is your guide to all things auto. Check your manual to find more specifications on your car’s weight.
Manufacturer – If you know the year, make, and model of your car, contact a customer service representative at the manufacturer’s office.
Car Scale – You can locate a nearby vehicle scale to get the weight of your car or truck.
As you can see, cars are heavy. Thinking of selling your junk car for cash? You can probably guess that the bigger the car, the more cash you’re likely to get. Not sure how much your car weighs? Try one of the methods above and use this information to get the best value on your junk car.