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Old 03-16-2010, 02:53 PM
 
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Is owning a car in vegas expensive? I'm moving down there in a few months and deciding if it's worth it. I've looked through the DMV pages and that type of thing but there always seems to be those "hidden" fees. Gas is cheaper there than where I'm moving from and here insurance on my car (which is worth about $1500) is around $115 a month. Is there anything beyond gas and insurance (though they are a factor) that would keep people from buying a car there?
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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I pay $54 a year to register my car. Cars have to be smog tested annually which runs $10-25 depending on which station you go to. I pay $42 a month for car insurance on a car worth about $500 (1991 Ford Escort). There are no other fees besides those that I can think off.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I have a 2006 Pontiac and my registration when I moved here in Nov. 08 including new license fees was $378.00 I believe. Registration costs are based on the value of your car.

I'm going to run mine into the ground hopefully...
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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Insurance and DMV costs are higher out here than many other places, but it's entirely dependent on how expensive your car is. Given that yours is worth $1500, I don't think the costs should be too bad.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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Hopefully, you have good credit. That can make all the difference in the world. I moved out here 5yrs with not so good credit and my 2005 Elantra cost me $160.00 a month for full coverage and I never had a parking ticket. Credit fix and my full coverage is now down to $115.00 with renters insurance. Also, if you plan on buying a home or have multiple cars, Im sure the price will even be better.
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I think the point is being missed that to live in Las Vegas, or any other sprawling western city, you need a car to get around. Public transportation isn't the best, and almost every place you'll need to get to will be too far to walk. With an old car that's not worth much, all you need is liability insurance. Registration on an old car is pretty cheap too. Gas is gas...about the same everywhere. 99% of parking in Las Vegas is free and abundant.
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:44 PM
 
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I think the point is being missed that to live in Las Vegas, or any other sprawling western city, you need a car to get around. Public transportation isn't the best, and almost every place you'll need to get to will be too far to walk.
Heck, public transportation anywhere out of the NE or big city midwest (Chicago, Atlanta) is horrible and/or nonexistent.

To answer the OP's question: I moved down here last week, and it cost me $303.00 to register my 06 Subaru...not including a $25.00 "smog" check, and $22.00 for the drivers license. You will also need to get a VIN check, but it's free. I did get a specialty license plate as I think the regular ones look silly. Also, when you do go to switch everything over, make sure you have EVERYTHING that the dmv website says you need to have, or they will make you come back. The line is on average 2 hours (yes, 2 hours) just to get a number to sit down and wait again to speak to somebody. It's the absolutely poorest run DMV system I have seen. I have seen quite a few mind you, so get there very early in the morning so that you can be close to the front of the line...think of it like a Best Buy on black Friday, only it's like that everyday.

Hope that helps!!
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Heck, public transportation anywhere out of the NE or big city Midwest (Chicago, Atlanta) is horrible and/or nonexistent.

To answer the OP's question: I moved down here last week, and it cost me $303.00 to register my 06 Subaru...not including a $25.00 "smog" check, and $22.00 for the drivers license. You will also need to get a VIN check, but it's free. I did get a specialty license plate as I think the regular ones look silly. Also, when you do go to switch everything over, make sure you have EVERYTHING that the DMV website says you need to have, or they will make you come back. The line is on average 2 hours (yes, 2 hours) just to get a number to sit down and wait again to speak to somebody. It's the absolutely poorest run DMV system I have seen. I have seen quite a few mind you, so get there very early in the morning so that you can be close to the front of the line...think of it like a Best Buy on black Friday, only it's like that everyday.

Hope that helps!!
The only one I've used is the subway system in Boston, and my wife and I were actually enjoying that. I haven't used the LA train system but a friend of mine loves it. We finally got to visit Europe last year and found their subways really convenient, and really fast. You walk in, sit down, and swoosh...you're there. And you're never far from a station.

Most cities with subways have had them for over 100 years though. And those cities aren't very big anyway, area wise. Not like here. It may be too late for us to think subways.

I disagree on what you said about the Nevada DMV. I think it is amazing how much more efficient it is now than it was for a few years right after the gold rush started. Keep in mind, most DMV's aren't going to have the volume we have here. I don't think we still have 4,000 new people a month like we did from 1987 to 2007, but we still have more new people moving in than most anywhere. The system in use now was set up for when we had 3,000 to 6,000 people coming here per month.

Our DMV people are very friendly for the stress they are under. I remember my first experience there in 1964. The lady was very nice to me, and anytime I've been there since then they've been nice. When the invasion started in about 1987, no state agency was ready for that kind of influx of new people. But they did get the system overhauled and working a whole lot better. I've been to DMV's and other agencies in other states too and I'd put ours up against any of them.

I don't know if Gibbons laid any of them off over there, but if he did that would slow things down. But usually when you have to come back you don't wait in line again. You are supposed to go back to the clerk that sent you to get whatever it was you needed. Unless you didn't go back the same day.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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There really aren't any hidden fees unless your intent is to buy a car. Registration, insurance and gas is straightforward. Get an online quote from a reputable insurance company for the area. It takes 5 minutes.
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR / Las Vegas, NV
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Heck, public transportation anywhere out of the NE or big city midwest (Chicago, Atlanta) is horrible and/or nonexistent.
I disagree. We have one of the best transit systems in the country. We have other agencies from across the country and Canada come to us for advice on how to operate.
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