How much does my junk car weigh?

If you’re here because you’re wondering what your junk car weighs, you’ve come to the right place. But, if you’re just looking to sell an old junk vehicle, you might be wondering how much your junk car is worth. The answer is a bit complicated. And, as we’ll see, it’ll lead you right back to the topic of this blog post: junk car weight.

You see, when you’re looking to sell a junk car, there are a few basic options available to you. For starters, you could sell your junk car to a private buyer in your local area. Generally speaking, though, this is incredibly difficult to do. Why? Because the vast majority of private buyers don’t want to pay cash for old, beat up vehicles that refuse to start (or that are just plain falling apart). Dealerships are quite similar: they don’t want to pay cash for junk cars. So, they’re not really worth bothering with.

Instead, most people end up going with a junkyard or a professional junk car buyer. This option is more sensible in most cases.

If your vehicle is relatively new, a junk car buyer might take that into account when determining its worth. However, if you’ve got an old, rusty car on your hands, a scrap yard isn’t going to be interested in anything beyond the scrap metal value of your vehicle. And, in order to determine that value, they’ve got to know the weight of your car.

If you want to get a sense of what your vehicle weighs in advance, there are a few different ways to go about it.

Understanding vehicle weight terminology

Before you look at the numbers for your vehicle, it’s a good idea to understand exactly what they all mean. There’s a surprising amount of jargon associated with vehicle weight.

First off, we have the “curb weight.” This is the weight of a vehicle without anyone or anything inside of it: in other words, the weight of a vehicle when it first comes from the manufacturer.

Next up, there’s the “gross vehicle weight.” This is the weight of a fully loaded vehicle: that is, a car that’s full of people and cargo.

Lastly, there’s the “gross vehicle weight rating.” This is different from the gross vehicle weight. Rather than being a measure of what’s currently in your car, it’s the limit of weight that your car can handle. In other words, the GVWR refers to how much weight your car can carry.

Finding your curb weight

When it comes to determining a junk car’s value, you need to know its curb weight. More often than not, this information is printed on a sticker inside the driver’s side door of your vehicle. Open your driver’s side door, and look around the frame. There should be a sticker with vehicle information on it, including your car’s curb weight. If you can’t find the sticker, or if it’s illegible, check your owner’s manual: the curb weight is generally included in the owner’s manual as well.

Get the most for your junk car

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