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Old 09-17-2008, 08:49 PM
 
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Getting back to the topic, we pay a bi-annual registration fee as well as yearly personal property taxes.
Is the bi-annual registration fee high?
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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when you say personal property taxes, can you tell me what you are referring to? How is this collected - through things like property taxes and registration fees or something else entirely?

thanks - sorry for the naivete - just not sure what personal property taxes means.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:14 PM
 
Location: West End-Hartford
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Cars are the most common "personal property" that is taxed. It's driven by the mill rate in the specific town and the assessment of your vehicles. For example, I pay around $600 a year for my 2004 Volvo station wagon and I live in Hartford. (take with a grain of salt that Hartford's mill rate is outrageous, so a similar car in other towns would have a much lower tax)

If you had boats, RVs, etc. those would also be taxed.

Last edited by AmyBergquist; 09-17-2008 at 09:16 PM.. Reason: added my car example
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Texas
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You have to keep in mind when the BEST selling vehicle in texas is a suburban, there is a problem.
I've lived in Texas. I understand the appeal of a Suburban. If you've spent your whole life in CT, I can understand why you do not comprehend why such a vehicle is attractive.
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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I've lived in Texas. I understand the appeal of a Suburban. If you've spent your whole life in CT, I can understand why you do not comprehend why such a vehicle is attractive.
I've heard from Texas natives that everyone there drives suburbans - what exactly is the appeal? Do they need 4wd? Or have big families? I don't get it...
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I've heard from Texas natives that everyone there drives suburbans - what exactly is the appeal? Do they need 4wd? Or have big families? I don't get it...
Long, very long, distances between cities. Having lots of room for the long drives necessary to get from A to B. 4X4 is largely unneeded in Texas, but Suburbans also come in 2WD configuration.

If you've never driven in the southwestern US, you cannot really comprehend the distances people have to travel. Having said that, part of the appeal is also to city people who objectively probably don't need the vehicle, but consider it part of their cultural heritage. Keeping in touch with their roots, as it were.
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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Long, very long, distances between cities. Having lots of room for the long drives necessary to get from A to B. 4X4 is largely unneeded in Texas, but Suburbans also come in 2WD configuration.

If you've never driven in the southwestern US, you cannot really comprehend the distances people have to travel. Having said that, part of the appeal is also to city people who objectively probably don't need the vehicle, but consider it part of their cultural heritage. Keeping in touch with their roots, as it were.
Interesting...thanks.
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:16 AM
 
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I've lived in Texas. I understand the appeal of a Suburban. If you've spent your whole life in CT, I can understand why you do not comprehend why such a vehicle is attractive.
You might be surprised at how many people own Suburbans in Connecticut. In high income places like New Canaan for example, the # of families that own one outnumber the Rovers/LX's/GL's handily.
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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You might be surprised at how many people own Suburbans in Connecticut. In high income places like New Canaan for example, the # of families that own one outnumber the Rovers/LX's/GL's handily.
And it's funny, places like Newtown, Monroe, Seymour etc have quite a few Hummers and Rovers. I was driving on Great Hill Rd in Seymour a few days ago and couldn't believe how many high-end Mercedes and BMWs I saw. Recession? What recession? Unless it's people spending what they don't have...
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Old 09-18-2008, 05:11 AM
 
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I've lived in Texas. I understand the appeal of a Suburban. If you've spent your whole life in CT, I can understand why you do not comprehend why such a vehicle is attractive.
Well, I live in Michigan and GM sells many of those here to. The point was that the car manufacturing powers that be said European cars will not sell in the states, for years they believed this to be true.
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