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Old 05-27-2019, 12:56 PM
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I'm trying to understand the VLT in Arizona, and do a rough estimate for registering a used car coming into Phoenix.

The MDV website says:

"There is a vehicle license tax (VLT) assessed in place of a personal property tax charged by other states. The VLT is based on an assessed value of 60% of the manufacturer's base retail price (MBRP) reduced by 16.25% for each year since the vehicle was first registered in Arizona."

"The rate is calculated as $2.80 (new vehicles)/$2.89 (used vehicles) for each $100 of the assessed value."

So, bringing in an 11 year old car, with a manufacturer's base retail price of $17,000, would result in an assessed value of $10,200.

According to the website, I would pay $2.89 for each $100 of assessed value, for a VLT total of $294.78.

The following year would result in a 16.25% reduction in the MBRP = $8542.50, for a VLT of $246.88 for a 12 year old car.

Are these calculations sound correct? The VLT strikes me as high for a used car that is 10+ years old.

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Old 05-27-2019, 09:51 PM
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Last year, I paid about $175 for my first 1-year registration for a 2013 Mini Cooper S Countryman with an original retail price of about $30k. So either your calculations are off, or they undercharged me when I registered mine.
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Old 05-27-2019, 10:21 PM
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Your calculation is off. You didn’t depreciate it by the 16.25% as your post above indicates that it should be. For an old inexpensive car, it will be next to nothing. Newer, pricey vehicles get hit hard. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this, but this may help: https://azvltcalculator.com
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:18 PM
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The depreciation is 16% for each of the 11 years of the vehicle's age regardless of where it was previously registered. Based off the numbers on your post, your vehicle's tax value would be around $2,500 and your tax would be about $75 plus the other registration fees.

I moved here from out of state, registered two out of state vehicles, and can verify that this is true. The car I just got rid of was a 2007 Altima and I was paid about $50 for my last tax fee. The vehicle had only been in AZ for only 3 years.
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