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C.A.R.S - car allowance rebate system

Does my new vehicle qualify?

My new vehicle is...

A car, pickup truck, van, or SUV with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 8,500 lbs. or less

A truck, van, or SUV with a GVWR greater than 8,500 lbs. and less than or equal to 10,000 lbs. Click here for examples. Updated Aug. 21

Note: Vehicles with a GVWR over 10,000 lbs. are not eligible for the CARS program.

What is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)?

Sticker showing Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
Sticker inside driver's door showing GVWR of 6,008 lbs.

GVWR is the maximum allowable total weight of a vehicle when loaded, including the vehicle itself plus fuel, passengers, cargo, and trailer tongue weight. This is a fixed weight specified by the manufacturer.

You can typically find your vehicle's GVWR (1) on the standard certification label that appears on the frame or edge of the driver’s door in most vehicles or (2) in your vehicle's owner's manual.

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