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Old 01-06-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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We will be moving to Denver in 2 weeks! My husband is starting on the 23rd. We are going to look for a place to live next week. Eek!

I have a question about buying a car. Right now we are a 1 car family, not by choice. We will be buying another, but I was wondering if I should buy here in Utah or wait until we get to Denver? Has anyone had a situation like this? Pros and cons?
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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If you buy it out of state, you pay for your registration there. You are supposed to regsiter it here within 90 (check that number) days, so you pay again and lose 9 months of Utah registration fees. If Utah is a low fee state, no big deal. If it's like here, it could cost you several hundred bucks.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Buy here in Colorado

Wherever you buy, you have to pay:
1. Colorado sales tax
2. Colorado registration fees

So, buy here. It will be easier.

1. Sales tax will be approximately 7.5% of the purchase price.
2. First year license plate fees (i.e., registration) will be approximately 4%.

Thank you for helping to improve our roads.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Wherever you buy, you have to pay:
1. Colorado sales tax
2. Colorado registration fees

So, buy here. It will be easier.

1. Sales tax will be approximately 7.5% of the purchase price.
2. First year license plate fees (i.e., registration) will be approximately 4%.

Thank you for helping to improve our roads.
Sales tax is based on the sales tax rate of your residence. This means the amount can vary by 2-3.5%.

Sales tax can be as high as 8.85% (Northglenn, Federal Heights) or as low as 5.1% (unicorporated Jeffco).
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Very common question on these forums. If at all possible, buy the new car in the new state you're moving to. Otherwise, depending on your state (for example, if you bought a car in California and then shortly after moved to Colorado), you could end up paying sales tax/ registration fees twice. Most states will not refund the unused portion of registration fees if you move out of state. Do not become one of the people cheating the system who are driving around long-term on out of state plates. Do the right thing and support the local economy.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:43 AM
 
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2. First year license plate fees (i.e., registration) will be approximately 4%.

Thank you for helping to improve our roads.
Do you mean 4% of the value of the car?
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default You betcha

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Do you mean 4% of the value of the car?
Yes
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Here is a post that I made in another thread that specifically breaks down the cost of auto registration when you move to Colorado.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:50 PM
 
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Haha, yeah, it was a shocker for me.

What is the formula for determining the fee for following years after the new-car date? I have a 10 year old car, MSRP was $15,000 back in 2001. I need to register it this month....


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Do you mean 4% of the value of the car?
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:45 PM
 
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yikes.... maybe we need to rethink how much we want to spend on a car!
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