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Old 03-03-2012, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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A few states have a "personal property tax", which is payable on your car every year at the time of renewing license plates, in addition to the license fee.. It's usually based on the value of the car, and is a county assessment, which can vary by county. In Kansas it is very high. Missouri also has it, but it is a lot lower tax rate. Alabama used to have a modest one, too.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Six years ago Kiplinger calculated the five-year cost of paying the initial sales tax on a new Camry an renewing the plates for five years. The ten lowest states were:

OR AK AL DE VA NC SD WY NM LA (Some of those are states with no sales tax.)

The Highest were:

NV IN CA AZ NH IA MN UT CO DC
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
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I remember when I lived in Tennessee, I only paid $64.00 dollars in personal property taxes when I first bought my brand new 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. That's cheap!!
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I'm surprised by what the OP said about Louisiana. In the 1950's, Louisiana license plate renewal was $3 and you only had to renew every two years. At the same time. Wisconsin was $16, every year, or about ten times as much as Louisiana.

Auto registration is probably the most regressive taxation in the USA. An old granny on social security who drives her '64 Valiant to church pays the same tax as a pharmaceutical salesman who drives 80K a year and makes $80K. For her, it might be half of all the direct taxes she pays all year, well over $100 in some states.

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Old 03-04-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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that blows my mind. why would someone want to pay so much money to drive in the middle of nowhere?
Perhaps because it's NOT the middle of nowhere and it's a decent place to live with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

Personally, I can't figure out why anyone would want to live in Florida.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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Default Tagging your car

In Tenneessee it costs $24 to tag an existing car whether it is a junk clunker or a mercedes. My daughter just bought an 09 Ford and the total cost was $35 for tag and title.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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Here is the information for NY State: NYS DMV - Vehicle Registration - Registration Fees, Vehicle Use Taxes and Supplemental Fees Passenger Vehicles This is for 2 years, by the way.

Inspections, which are annual, are around $21.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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NH just registered my 2012 Venza and it was $700.00!
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Arkansas
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In Arkansas registration is by vehicle weight. I drive a truck and pay around $37 a year for tag renewal. I don't know how other states do things but in Arkansas we also have to pay yearly property tax on personal property (cars, trucks, campers, pull behind trailers, 4 wheelers etc), so I also have to pay about $230 a year in property tax but this is for a car, truck, 4 wheeler and a couple of pull behind trailers. Also in Arkansas when you purchase a vehicle you have to pay sales tax on it which depends on the cost of the vehicle (warranty may be included in this as well not sure) less trade in or money down.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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NH just registered my 2012 Venza and it was $700.00!

Much of the reason for that outrageous cost, is the fact there is no Sales or Income Tax in New Hampshire. So they lean on vehicle registration and Property taxes on homes to generate revenue in that state.
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