How much weight can a car hold?

My friends and I were arguing last night and now I have to ask—how much weight can a car really hold?

While load capacity varies between different types of cars, the general consensus is that your average car can hold about 850 lbs. This is the equivalent of five 170-pound passengers.
If you regularly exceed 850 pounds, most cars will begin to show signs of worn tires, poor suspension, and worn brakes.
Even one time of overloading can have consequences: for instance, if you overload your car to take a summer road trip, you increase your risks of a tire blowout.
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Will Baldwin
Answered on Nov 03, 2021

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