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Old 04-27-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Mesa, AZ
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Kritter,

What Vehicle property tax are you refering to? You pay 9% tax when you purchase a vehicle from a dealer and no tax if from a private party. If you were refering to registration fees, that will be a punch in the gut if you are not used to $400 registration fees per year per vehicle. Just in the last year I registered two vehicles in Arizona, both had to go through emissions and safety tests plus a hefty $1,100 registration fee for one car and $375 for my SUV. These figures will eventually go down over the years but still, helluva price to pay to play in the sun.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Kritter,

What Vehicle property tax are you refering to? You pay 9% tax when you purchase a vehicle from a dealer and no tax if from a private party. If you were refering to registration fees, that will be a punch in the gut if you are not used to $400 registration fees per year per vehicle. Just in the last year I registered two vehicles in Arizona, both had to go through emissions and safety tests plus a hefty $1,100 registration fee for one car and $375 for my SUV. These figures will eventually go down over the years but still, helluva price to pay to play in the sun.
The lion's share of what you are calling registration fees is actually a property tax. It is tax deductible on your returns if you are itemizing. And yes, it can make your heart skip if you drive a newer vehicle or (poor you) a motorhome.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:24 PM
 
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2) How much does it cost to title and register my vehicle?
It varies depending on the vehicle. There is a $4.00 title fee; an $8.00 registration fee; plus an air quality research fee of $1.50; and a vehicle license tax (VLT) assessed in place of a personal property tax charged by other states. There may also be a weight fee and commercial registration fee, if the vehicle is registered as commercial.

The VLT is based on an assessed value of 60% of the manufacturer's base retail price reduced by 16.25% for each year since the vehicle was first registered in Arizona (15% before 8/1/98). Then, as of the Dec 1, 2000 reduction, the rate is calculated as $2.80 (new vehicles)/$2.89 (used vehicles) for each $100 of the assessed value. For example, for a new vehicle that costs $25,000, the first year assessed value would be $15,000 and the VLT would be $420.00. The second year the assessed value would be $12,562.50 and the VLT would be $363.06.

For a mobile home the title fee is $7.00 per section or unit. No other mobile home fees are payable to MVD.
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a hefty $1,100 registration fee for one car
A car that cost $1100 to register would be worth almost $70,000. But you said it had to go through emissions tests so it must be something older. Is it a motor home?
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Mesa, AZ
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I own a 911 turbo and it came from Montana (out of state emissions inspection). By the way, Montana is set up the same way Arizona deals with registrations. We have no sales tax but they get you when you register your vehicle... My Montana registration for the 911tt was $975 for 2011-2012.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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And you think $1100 is a "helluva price to pay to play"?
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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I am not sure if I need to start a new thread or ask in this one (other forums would have me ask in this one)... anyway, I have been selected for an emissions test (I drive a 2007). Can anyone fill me in on what this is... what to do there... etc? No lights are on in my car (as in warning lights)... This is new for me--I've been driving for years in other states and never have had to do this.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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I am not sure if I need to start a new thread or ask in this one (other forums would have me ask in this one)... anyway, I have been selected for an emissions test (I drive a 2007). Can anyone fill me in on what this is... what to do there... etc? No lights are on in my car (as in warning lights)... This is new for me--I've been driving for years in other states and never have had to do this.
How were you "selected"? Every whose car is over 5 years old has to have a semi annual test. Not to worry. The test consists of them plugging into your computer via the connector under the steering column and looking at what it says. Your having no lights indicates that you will have no problems.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Mesa, AZ
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And you think $1100 is a "helluva price to pay to play"?
Freddy,

Compared to New Jersey's registration fee of $56.00/year... it is a helluva LOT . But then again, NJ has the sales tax and the out of this world property taxes... so life equalizes itself in a funny way.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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How were you "selected"? Every whose car is over 5 years old has to have a semi annual test. Not to worry. The test consists of them plugging into your computer via the connector under the steering column and looking at what it says. Your having no lights indicates that you will have no problems.
Thanks for that... I had no idea! We take pretty good care of our car so I wasn't too concerned just seems like a hassle.

How far in advance should I get it done? It's due in September of this year (the renewal of our tags).
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: In the Deem Hills of NW Phoenix
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My second car (beater, 99 Taurus) failed emissions last year, and I was initially mortified by the big "F". Turned out all I needed to do was replace the gas cap for ten bucks. Otherwise never had any problems with emissions testing. It's a nuisance, for sure. But nowadays you can go online and find out how long current waits are, to plan your trip for shortest waits.
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