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Old 04-29-2013, 09:53 AM
 
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SC has a very attractive car tax capped at $300, but I'm still evaluating whether that state's wonderful COL will translate to a nice enough QOL.
That is the sales tax that is capped at 300 dollars. Right off the top of my head, the personal property tax, title fee, registration, etc for our 2 cars this year was about 1700.00. We will get to pay about 1500 next year.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:00 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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I have to wonder if car registration fees/personal property tax are significant enough anywhere to actually dissuade someone from moving somewhere.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Our state is one that taxes personal property - cars, boats, motorcycles, ATVs, trailers, etc. Last year the tax for our 2007 Honda Accord EX was under $150. Annual tags are under $40. From whence we came, registration would have been more than those combined; considerably more when mandatory smog testing is added in.

We moved to our current state 11 days before tags became due in our former state!
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I have to wonder if car registration fees/personal property tax are significant enough anywhere to actually dissuade someone from moving somewhere.
The last time I renewed my registration for my 2007 Mazda Speed3 almost a year ago, the total bill was $173, which is not all that different than what you are citing for Missouri. The mandatory smog check is every other year and runs about $60, so that would make an add-on of about $30 per year, except that when you buy a brand new vehicle you get a pass on the smog check for the first six years. That deal about getting a pass for six years on a new vehicle may not have been in effect when you still lived in California - it is something relatively recent.

I agree with your post which is quoted second above. Percentage-wise the differences among states would be large, but the dollar amounts are not.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:17 AM
 
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I have to wonder if car registration fees/personal property tax are significant enough anywhere to actually dissuade someone from moving somewhere.
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I agree with your post which is quoted second above. Percentage-wise the differences among states would be large, but the dollar amounts are not.
There is a significant dollar difference between you guys at 150 dollars per year and me at almost 900 dollars per year. My car is almost 5 years old, but still retains its value. For most folks, you're probably right, it might not make much of a difference. But for others it will.

Eagle, I checked as I was considering accepting a position in Santa Barbara. The initial tax bite on my 5 year old car was going to be 2800 dollars in California. For my wifes car it was 2600 dollars. 5400 dollars is a significant amount for first year plates.

And yes, it's entirely on me for having nice cars.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:24 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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That deal about getting a pass for six years on a new vehicle may not have been in effect when you still lived in California - it is something relatively recent.
I don't think it was either. Here, except for St. Louis and Kansas City there are no smog checks and last time I checked, our air was handily breathable. If nothing else, we can't see what we're inhaling.

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There is a significant dollar difference between you guys at 150 dollars per year and me at almost 900 dollars per year. My car is almost 5 years old, but still retains its value. For most folks, you're probably right, it might not make much of a difference. But for others it will.
Yes there is. I'll take mine, thanks. The difference where you are now wouldn't have dissuaded me. It merely would have given me a pressure-relieving rant opportunity once a year!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:31 AM
 
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Yes there is. I'll take mine, thanks. The difference where you are now wouldn't have dissuaded me. It merely would have given me a pressure-relieving rant opportunity once a year!
And I take every opportunity to do just that
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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I agree that it's tough to compare states based on tax burdens. It takes a lot of digging and effort, and the taxes and fees constantly change, usually upward. There are several websites that look at income and sales and inheritance taxes, but none that I've seen take into account the personal property tax issue (taxes on cars, boats, RVs, etc) as one more factor. If a retiree is living on a budget, paying several hundred dollars a year (or more) extra for car taxes, in addition to the car insurance and registration, can add substantially to a budget.
that is why with taxes often cheap in one area that they are higher i another such as gas taxes to do fiaqnce same things. Its really no secret which states are very high cost to live one can get a idea just lokig at average saleries for same job.Then overall COL liing stats which are avilable by ser arech is alos useful overall.Specific cases are harder since you may find registration tax low but made up for in another area.Even property taxes can avry by area and housing cvost here i texas. often it from n how taxbase itself is made up. No local industry and your likely to pay much higher rates then exceptions vary by taxing agencies.Mnay here freeze property taxes at 65 and have other 65 exemptions amounts.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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There is a significant dollar difference between you guys at 150 dollars per year and me at almost 900 dollars per year. My car is almost 5 years old, but still retains its value. For most folks, you're probably right, it might not make much of a difference. But for others it will.

Eagle, I checked as I was considering accepting a position in Santa Barbara. The initial tax bite on my 5 year old car was going to be 2800 dollars in California. For my wifes car it was 2600 dollars. 5400 dollars is a significant amount for first year plates.

And yes, it's entirely on me for having nice cars.
Thanks for the additional information on taxation of cars in California. I was not at all familiar with bringing cars into the state when moving here from out-of-state, as the last time I did that was in 1966 when the rates were different (and it was an older, cheaper car as well, being that I was between college and graduate school at the time). Wow, they really do soak you, don't they?

Your post is a helpful example of how easy it is to fail to grasp the whole picture; I was describing my situation as a long-time resident and I was not thinking about folks moving here and bringing their cars.
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