Can you sit on the hood of your car? What about the roof?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at 8:24 pm
couple sitting on the hood of a car hugging

Our vehicles are a huge part of life. We take them everywhere, they haul our stuff, and sometimes we use them to prop ourselves up. Most people have probably leaned against their vehicles, put a cup of coffee on the roof, and maybe thought about sitting on the hood when visiting with friends. But can you sit on the hood of your car? And can the roof take your weight? We think that the answer to both questions is: mostly yes. But there are some things to think about before you decide to throw away your lawn chair in favor of your Corolla.

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Sitting on the hood of a car

family sitting in the rear of an SUV

This is probably the safer way to sit on a car…

When it comes to performance, we have never heard of someone breaking their engine (which is different from breaking in the engine) by sitting on the hood. Most people’s weight is evenly distributed, and the pressure of the person won’t get as far as the engine to actually damage it. That said, there’s probably one awful car out there that will collapse if you sit on it, so move cautiously and test how far your hood sags before you put your full weight on it.

Also, while you may not permanently break anything sitting on the hood of your car,  you could definitely leave dents or scratches, especially if you try standing up. So, we advise caution.

Can the roof of my car support my weight?

Again, we can’t speak for every car ever made, but most vehicles have enough roof strength to actually support their own weight several times over. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, a “Good” roof strength test means that the vehicle can support up to four times its own weight before collapsing. This means that a single person, or even a couple can probably sit on the roof of car without braking it.

That said, you should still definitely be careful about leaving scratches, and if dents bother you then this is a definite no. While the roof as a whole will be fine, you may get some significant dents sitting on the roof of your car.

Don’t try this at home…and definitely not with someone else’s car

While we do think most vehicles are fine to sit on, there are probably some where it wouldn’t be safe or smart. Try at your own risk! And, there are a lot of people who are very possessive about their vehicles. Don’t even think about touching their cars, much less sitting on them, or you may end up with some dents of your own!

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  2. Tony B says:

    Older cars, yes, new cars, hell no. The cars from the 40s or 50s had seriously thick metal panels, in the 60s people shook their head at the thinner metal, 70s was skimped off more but you could still sit on these hoods and trunks maybe even the roof, but it was getting risky… 80s came, forget it, super thin panels… and today, carbon fiber panels, no way, your license plate is more rigid! Besides modern cars are like bubble, there isn’t much of a horizontal base to park your ass on and chug a beer or puff a doobie. School’s out kids! Let that be a lesson, buy the old cars, they’re better quality, better value, and easier to fix and once fixed they stay fixed!