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Old 08-08-2016, 02:35 PM
 
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Hello all! This is just an informative post because I had a bit of a hard time getting any information from the local OMV here. First of all, you only have 30 days to transfer license and car tag. I've heard 39 days from someone else but I think it's 30. Maybe someone could correct me if I'm wrong. Second, your car does need an inspection but only AFTER you have the registration. The state we came from did not require inspections so we were completely in the dark about this. $10 for one year, $20 for two. Pretty easy to get done, seems like any oil change place can do them. The place I went to took cash or local check only! Third, you have to pay taxes on your car again! We just paid $607 for a 8 year old car that we've had for over 5 years. However, the sales tax is calculated based on the current NADA value of your car not the original sales price. It's also calculated based on the Parrish you live in. So we may have paid more than usual. I hear all states do this so I guess we can't complain. I will say that I was not happy about paying that much money to drive legally on Louisiana roads only to drive home from the OMV and have my car being beaten up by the road itself. The road conditions here are deplorable. I hope some of that sales tax/road use tax money that I've now paid twice for the same car will go to help fix these roads! Finally, the car insurance here is roughly twice what I was paying in my home state. That is awful but it is what is. Like I said, I'm only posting this to help others who may need this info. I looked and looked and found most of my answers online but never could get anyone on the phone for the questions that were not answered by their website. On a more positive note, everyone that we came into contact with regarding the inspection, tag, drivers licenses, and insurance have been awesome! Extremely nice and helpful and the overall experience was relatively easy compared to the DMV back home! Please don't think I am bashing Louisiana because I'm really not. That tag payment really threw me! I didn't factor it in into our moving costs (my own fault I know) so it was a hardship. I do hope this post helps someone else!
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Louisiana makes it pretty expensive to own a car. Its cheaper to do many other things though.
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Old 08-09-2016, 05:22 PM
 
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Louisiana makes it pretty expensive to own a car. Its cheaper to do many other things though.
Like what?

Homeowner's insurance is way higher than where I've lived for decades. And Louisianians often have to get flood insurance, too. This is countered by way lower property taxes, though.

I went to the grocery store, and food was the same or higher. I saw nothing that was lower in price than Houston or Dallas or Tyler TX.

The cost of houses is significantly higher than in TX. Maybe because of the low property taxes, or maybe because there are fewer houses to go around (less competition).

I love the rain and the somewhat lower summer temps, but geez...I don't see how people make money in Louisiana. But some do. There are a number of very wealthy people there.
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Old 08-10-2016, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Like what?

Homeowner's insurance is way higher than where I've lived for decades. And Louisianians often have to get flood insurance, too. This is countered by way lower property taxes, though.

I went to the grocery store, and food was the same or higher. I saw nothing that was lower in price than Houston or Dallas or Tyler TX.

The cost of houses is significantly higher than in TX. Maybe because of the low property taxes, or maybe because there are fewer houses to go around (less competition).

I love the rain and the somewhat lower summer temps, but geez...I don't see how people make money in Louisiana. But some do. There are a number of very wealthy people there.
"Louisiana" and "Texas" are far too vague. Baton Rouge and Houston seem to be virtually identical. Most of the people who make money are professionals or plant workers.
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