1) Involuntary Additions
This relates to the buildup of road filth and mud on the underside of the vehicle, inside the wheel arches, on the chassis, suspension and tyres. Put the vehicle on a ramp, pit or jack and ensure that the underside is scrupulously cleaned by washing or scraping.
On very old vehicles check for water entry and subsequent saturation of floor boards etc., plus possible build up of water in chassis box section due to chassis corrosion or accident damage.
2) Modifications or Structural Alterations
In many cases where the vehicle has been purchased second-hand, the previouis owner or owners may have carried out such alterations involving the fitment of non-standard items as follows:
- Fitment of larger and heavier batteries.
- Fitment of heavy duty or larger tyres.
- Fitment of radios and aerials.
- Fitment of accessories, roof racks or other attachments.
- Fitment of heavier seating, carpeting, roof lining or upholstery.
- Fitment of side windows (vans)
- Fitment of towing attachments.
3) Miscellaneous Factors
These themselves may not seem serious. However, taken together or combined with any of the above, they may may that vital difference to the weight.
- Undersealing (5 - 7lbs)
- Repainting with extra coats (One coat = 7lbs)
- Unskilled repairs to accident damage (up to 30lbs)
- Alerations to wiring etc.