City-Data Forum Can someone please explain Greenville Cty. car property taxes to me? (property tax, live in)
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07-14-2009, 06:55 AM
 Location: Greer 1,889 posts, read 2,269,276 times Reputation: 1421

How do they determine the "Taxable Value" of your car? Is it a certain percentage of what they think your car is worth?

My wife's car is worth the same as mine and her property tax bill is 50% higher, so I'm trying to figure out their math before I consider appealing.

07-14-2009, 10:04 AM
 Location: New York City 1,556 posts, read 3,283,228 times Reputation: 944
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 Originally Posted by gvsteve How do they determine the "Taxable Value" of your car? Is it a certain percentage of what they think your car is worth? My wife's car is worth the same as mine and her property tax bill is 50% higher, so I'm trying to figure out their math before I consider appealing.
Not sure what formula (if any) they use to calculate the car property tax. I pay \$354 every year, never seems to get any lower. While paying my taxes one day I asked them why I am paying such a high vehicle tax bill? I was told that I am paying a high tax bill because I drive a new car. It appears that they also go by not only the year of the car but also the make of the car because I have been asked to provide that information too. Seems like to me that the newer the car is, the more money they charge and the older the car is the less they charge.

07-14-2009, 03:19 PM
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It is based off the value of the vehicle. So yes, a newer car would have a higher property tax bill. The value SHOULD go down every year, unless of course taxes go up. For example, when we first bought my wife's 2004 Expedition, the property taxes ran almost \$600. This year's bill was \$180. Your bill will be higher also if you live inside of a city's limits, as you have to pay both county and city taxes.

07-15-2009, 09:50 AM
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 Originally Posted by GoCocks It is based off the value of the vehicle. So yes, a newer car would have a higher property tax bill. The value SHOULD go down every year, unless of course taxes go up. For example, when we first bought my wife's 2004 Expedition, the property taxes ran almost \$600. This year's bill was \$180. Your bill will be higher also if you live inside of a city's limits, as you have to pay both county and city taxes.
Well, our newer car is a smaller, cheaper model than our older car, and it's got a lot more miles.

07-15-2009, 10:31 AM
 Location: Greater Greenville, SC 5,893 posts, read 11,865,394 times Reputation: 10634
I thought the taxes were based on the year of your car and the mileage. In my mind, between that and the fact that SC doesn't require emissions control testing, it just encourages people to drive old beaters, some of which probably shouldn't even be on the road.
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