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Old 08-04-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Default Registration Stickers

I renewed the registration stickers online (obviously, hehe) for one of our cars earlier this morning & I noticed something I had not noticed before. You have an option to pay for 2 or 3 years instead of one. If you pay for 2 or 3, you save like, $1.50 a year on registration fees, haha.

Is this a new, recent thing? I don't remember seeing it 8 months ago or so.

Wish they could do something similar with inspection stickers.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Odd, I just got a registration renewal for my Toyota and went online and just noticed this as well.

For that car, a one-year renewal is $67.25, two years is $131.50 and three years cost $195.75. Not really much of a savings, is it? Three bucks a year!

But I just renewed four vehicles in July and don't recall seeing that option. However, I have no idea of when it was implemented, it could have been that I just never noticed it either!

By the way, there is a caveat..."Purchased registration remains with this vehicle and will not be refunded if the vehicle is sold;" so if you're planning to sell you may want to resist the temptation of saving the three bucks a year "registration discount" plus the two bucks a year service fee!

Cheers! M2
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:36 PM
 
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This sounds like a win for Texas. There is sure not much incentive to pay in advance.....
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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By the way, there is a caveat..."Purchased registration remains with this vehicle and will not be refunded if the vehicle is sold;" so if you're planning to sell you may want to resist the temptation of saving the three bucks a year "registration discount" plus the two bucks a year service fee!

Cheers! M2
That was the first question that popped into my head when I was reading the OP's post.
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There is sure not much incentive to pay in advance.....
Less than 5% annual savings, and no pro-rated refunds if vehicle sold or transferred? I'll pass.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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The best part about doing the 3-year thing is if you're too lazy and just don't want to deal with it. It's great, since you'd have to deal with only ONE stupid sticker annually this way, until the 3 years are up.

I did only the 1-year renewal because it's for our oldest car & I don't know what exactly is going to happen to that car in the near future, haha, so I just decided it was okay to spend 5 minutes online a year to renew for that car.

2 of our cars are going to do the 3-year renewals next time they come around, though, that's for sure.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It's also not a good deal on an older car. If you get in a wreck and have even minor damage on an older car, insurance totals it out and then if you want to keep it, you have to get a salvage title and pay registration again. I paid the registration six months ago, then had to pay another $150 the other day so I would be allowed to drive my car again. I asked if they could refund the six months I had left on the sticker, since I shouldn't have to pay the same tax on the same car twice for the same period of time. They said no.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:13 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Odd, I just got a registration renewal for my Toyota and went online and just noticed this as well.

For that car, a one-year renewal is $67.25, two years is $131.50 and three years cost $195.75. Not really much of a savings, is it? Three bucks a year!

But I just renewed four vehicles in July and don't recall seeing that option. However, I have no idea of when it was implemented, it could have been that I just never noticed it either!

By the way, there is a caveat..."Purchased registration remains with this vehicle and will not be refunded if the vehicle is sold;" so if you're planning to sell you may want to resist the temptation of saving the three bucks a year "registration discount" plus the two bucks a year service fee!

Cheers! M2
You can just add the sticker price to the sales price. Problem solved.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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It's also not a good deal on an older car. If you get in a wreck and have even minor damage on an older car, insurance totals it out and then if you want to keep it, you have to get a salvage title and pay registration again. I paid the registration six months ago, then had to pay another $150 the other day so I would be allowed to drive my car again. I asked if they could refund the six months I had left on the sticker, since I shouldn't have to pay the same tax on the same car twice for the same period of time. They said no.
Bastards! EVIL!
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:17 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Isn't paying by mail cheaper than paying online? The stamp + $1 dollar.
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:41 AM
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Location: San Antonio
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Less than 5% annual savings, and no pro-rated refunds if vehicle sold or transferred? I'll pass.
...or wrecked or stolen. There's plenty of risk for the citizen in this. Lots of potential win for the state, as citizens gamble that they'll keep that vehicle for 2-3 years.
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