How much weight can I carry in an estate car?

I am after a reliable and economical second-hand estate car with a big boot but, crucially, able to carry a serious amount of weight. If the rear seats are removable, even better. There seems to be all sorts of confusion as to how much weight a car can actually carry - are you please able to advise me which are the best second-hand estate cars with the highest payload/volume ratio?

Asked on 3 October 2018 by Sam

Answered by Andrew Brady
You'll have to be very careful shifting heavy weights with an estate car as it won't take much to overload the suspension and increase wear on the brakes. If you're carrying the weight for work, it's also worth noting you'll need specialist business insurance. I'd recommend a van-based people carrier (vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-top-10s/top-10-van-based.../) like the Citroen Berlingo or Vauxhall Combo. To work out whether a vehicle can carry heavy loads, you'll need to find out its gross vehicle weight (GVW). This is the maximum weight a car or van can legally operate at including fuel, passengers, luggage etc. This is usually found inside the door or in the handbook.
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