What Does GVWR Mean?

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GVWR means gross vehicle weight rating. What is gross vehicle weight rating? If you’ve ever shopped for a truck, you’ve probably seen this figure when reviewing the truck’s specs. GVWR can be a major deciding factor for a lot of truck shoppers. Read on to learn more about what GVWR means and the GVWRs for certain GMC vehicles. 

 

 

GVWR Meaning, Classes, & Regulations

GVWR refers to the maximum loaded weight under which a truck can safely operate as outlined by the OEM. If you’re searching for a commercial truck, it’s important to be aware of the different classes and regulations involving GVWR: 

  • Vehicles Over 6,000 Pounds GVWR: These types of vehicles aren’t allowed on certain roads, so make sure you’re aware of the restrictions in your area before driving. 
  • Vehicles Over 8,500 Pounds GVWR: Vehicles with this GVWR have been required to carry public liability coverage since 1980. 
  • Vehicles Between 8,500-26,000 Pounds GVWR: In many cases, these vehicles require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to drive, or a non-commercial Class A or B license. That’s largely because these vehicles include models like large passenger vans or trucks that transport potentially dangerous materials. 
  • Vehicles Over 26,000 GVWR: To operate a vehicle with this GVWR, you’ll definitely need a CDL or a Class A/B driver’s license. These vehicles include tractor-trailers like a Freightliner or Durastar. 

GVWR Meaning for GMC Trucks & Commercial Vehicles 

What is the gross vehicle weight rating for GMC trucks and other commercial vehicles? Here’s a closer look: 

Learn More About GVWR & Trucks with Big Star Buick GMC! 

If you’re shopping for a new GMC truck or commercial vehicle, Big Star Buick GMC can help you find the model with the GVWR you need. What’s more, our GMC-certified service center can help you maintain your new vehicle for years to come. Contact online or by phone at (281) 245-0298 with any questions about gross vehicle weight rating or towing, or to schedule a test drive in Baytown, TX! 

 

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