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The gross vehicle weight rating refers to the maximum amount of weight an automobile can handle, including passengers, accessories and any cargo, and still function properly. However, the GVW does not pertain to trailers as it reflects the weight of a vehicle, not how m...


To find a vehicle's gross weight, add the body weights of the passengers and the driver and the weight of the cargo, any additional accessories, and the fuel in the vehicle's tank. To this figure, add the curb weight of the vehicle.


Check the VIN number on a vehicle by running it through a history report or calling the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles will have general information in regards to title ownership; however, a vehicle history report will contain more in-dep...


The gross weight rating of a vehicle is listed on the manufacturer's sticker, which is located on the post of the driver-side door. This figure is the manufacturer's maximum designated weight limit, and it prevents the vehicle from being overloaded.


By looking at the 10th digit on the Vehicle Identification Number sequence, one is able to determine the year of the vehicle, explains Jalopnik.com. The code used for the year the car was manufactured has varied since 1980.


The Driver's Policy Protection Act makes it illegal to reveal the owners of a car by name; however, the VIN makes it possible to get a detailed history of the vehicle that includes accidents, repairs and the number of previous owners. A complete vehicle history report c...


It is not possible to find out personal information about vehicle owners by conducting a vehicle identification number search. The identity of vehicle owners is protected by the Drivers Privacy Prevention Act, which forbids the sharing of DMV information with third part...