It is the the combination of the weight of the vehicle PLUS the load. So, if your truck weighs 7000lbs, and its carrying capacity is 4000lbs, the GVWR is 11,000lbs.
Why is having your GVWR accurately reported to the DMV important? Because not doing so will result in consequences:
Now the question is, how do you prevent this very common issue, and how to address the issue before it becomes a problem?
When it comes to larger vehicles, I educate my clients in telling them that once you start to operate a vehicle above 10,000lbs you now enter a new arena in terms of the DMV and CHP and DOT. The simple fact that you operate a commercial vehicle above 10,000lbs changes the ball game. These are a few things that you must consider:
It is imperative to know and understand this because some people buy trucks for “side jobs” or “weekend jobs” – these small jobs have to justify the cost to own and operate this vehicle, otherwise, reconsider. But for those of you that will continue and with the purchase, this is the best advice I can give to determine what weight you should register your truck in:
WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU ARE OPERATING OVERWEIGHT?
Thankfully the solution to this problem is very simple: upgrade your weight. To go from one weight to another is a simple transaction that can be done in our office. The amount of fees is based on which weight you are coming from and which weight you are going. It is pro-rated, so you won’t have to pay for the full year. There is a flip-side, for those that need to go down in weight, there is no refund for the fees that were paid for already.
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