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Old 01-20-2012, 05:35 PM
 
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I recently had to renew my vehicle at the DMV. I'd been out of the country for a few months and missed my deadline (but I hadn't been driving at this time). When I went to renew the clerk told me the bill was going to $580ish dollars. I asked her why this was so high and she told me it was because of a fee for not renewing on time.. I explained to her my situation and she told me to write a petition.. which I did .. and she said it would cost $357. I wasn't really thinking at this point so I just said and paid it (sitting for 2 hours in line will do that for you). When I got home I asked my dad what he typically paid to renew his car and he told me it was about $30! Did I get ripped off here or what and is there anything I can do about it?

I'm a 23 year old male with a 2010 Ford Fusion.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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It all depends on the age and cost of the car. I'm looking at my renewal right now and not counting the VLF (the part that varies with cost and age of the car) its $99. The VLF is another $151. Registering car is expensive in this state, especially when they're newer. My car will be 4 years old next month but it cost $40k when new.
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:43 PM
 
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Looked up my vehicle and it really is the correct amount.. I guess they really are charging this much. Carry on people.
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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welcome back to Cali! land of the free but overtaxed, as usual. Just cough it up and at least know it's going to keep rapists & murderers well-fed & healthy behind bars.
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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It's been that way for a long time. The VLF went down significantly July 1st when the "temporary" tax hikes expired.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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When I got home I asked my dad what he typically paid to renew his car and he told me it was about $30!
He must not live in Calif.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Yup, minimum is $69 plus county fees. I just paid $77 for a 1974 VW
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Old 09-19-2014, 07:34 PM
 
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If you want to solve issues that are expensive, confusing registration DMV madness, go to ABA registration in LA; a small but private and efficient registration place, they can help you there. For a reasonable fee $35/ to $60., depending on your problems, you can be a winner and save a lots of time and grief.
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:49 AM
 
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The reason for the increased fees is due to a "private vote" made only by the Governor. The increased DMV registration fees were NEVER on the California ballot. It was actually bashed a few years ago. In order for the Governor to spend more money and give himself a raise for working so hard at playing golf and sucking up to others, He decided to "secretly" raise DMV fees.
I paid $160 for a 42 year old pickup!!!! they consider it a Commercial Vehicle and apparently they think I can haul the same amount of product as a Diesel truck. Even though my Pickup has no bed..... Imagine that...
The LAW in DMV rules states, 10,000 lbs and under is NOT considered Commercial but they told me that even a 1/8th ton pickup is considered Commercial... ??? WTF is wrong with this picture?
My Final comment would be that we need to recall vote or impeach the Governor, He is a Liar and will only drive us further into debt if we let him get away with this.
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:53 AM
 
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It is expensive. When I lived in MA it was like $30 for registration but of course they also charged annual excise tax on your vehicle based on value which could be several hundred dollars. So they hit you in two separate places but it all adds up the same.
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