In a previous blog, we wrote about how real-world towing capacity for trucks may not be as high as advertised.
Trying to haul or tow a heavier load than your vehicle was designed for can create all sorts of problems, including destroying the transmission, overheating the engine, trailer sway, difficulty braking, the trailer pulling the truck downhill, blown tires, front end leaving the ground, and hitch coupling failure. For starters.
In other words, if you drive over your truck’s weight limit, you will be lucky to reach your destination in one piece with a vehicle that still works.
On the other hand, our staff at Fiesta Motors of Lubbock are often stunned by how the wimpiest cars can pull off incredible performance well beyond what they are rated. Not that it’s a good idea.
For example, do you remember the "Lumber Car" that went viral in the early 2000s? It was an inexpensive, compact, third-generation Volkswagen Jetta that somehow managed to drive with more than 3,000 pounds of plywood and building supplies strapped to the rooftop.
Of course, the driver is lucky to have survived to his destination instead of being crushed by a collapsed roof. And his vehicle may not have worked so well afterward.
The topic of this blog is a roundabout way of saying that if an old beater can stand up to that much abuse, think about how much more reliable a vehicle will be when treated right.
Find a large inventory of affordable used cars and trucks for sale—in great condition—at one of our two buy-here pay-here dealerships—Fiesta Motors in Lubbock—and enjoy capability that might just surprise you. Before you drive away, schedule an appointment for routine maintenance too.