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Old 09-13-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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Buying in Oregon, Registering in Washington?

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Anyone out there recently purchased an Airstream (or any other vehicle/RV for that matter) in Oregon and then registered it in Washington state? Just curious what the use tax rate is (sales tax by county, a state wide rate etc.). Input or experience with purchases of new or used units would be appreciated.

I realize that there would be a tax or some sort, just trying to get an idea of how severe it is.

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Old 09-13-2012, 06:53 PM   #2
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I bought my 2009 Airstream new from Sutton RV in Eugene and registered it in Washington. I had to pay 9+% since I live in King County. That amount was deductible on my federal tax return however. I'm sure rules are the same today since taxes never go down.
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Try contacting your local Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Old 09-13-2012, 07:59 PM   #4
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You pay the sales tax rate of the city and county that you live in.

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You will not pay sales tax at an out-of-state dealer or private sale. You'll probably pay the sales tax when you do the title transfer and get your license plates at your home state DMV. Bring your receipt of course along with the signed title transfer form.
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It used to be quite the scam to a have a "friend's adress" and keep Oregon plates. WA, Idaho DMV and the neighbor who never liked you finally put a stop to it. A buddy of mine who tried the "partner" scam was washed for thousands of dollars of taxes and fines when they busted him.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:48 PM   #7
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The RV Dealers in the Legislature in Montana still make it pretty easy to set up simple Corporation and register vehicles, yachts or airplanes there to minimize taxes. Angry neighbor or suspicious law enforcement can also blow that up, though a lot of Ferrari's and Prevost's in California have Montana plates.. I read that more than 90 Yachts of 75' or longer are "titled" in Montana, where there isn't any water large enough to float them... Good advice is to pay the tax...
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:37 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input

Thanks everyone for your posts. The replies are pretty much what I expected (basically sales tax for the county you live in) but was curious if there was a separate "Use Tax" rate. Unfortunately, I too live in King County and face a pretty hefty sales tax once we decide on a purchase.

When we bought our TV we ended up in Snohomish County (North of Seattle) and saved a bit of money on the tax due to the lower sales tax rate in Snohomish vs King County (this was not done for tax reasons, the truck we wanted just happened to be located up there). That maybe an option if we go with a new trailer but the local dealership is also in King County with the only other Washington option being Spokane.

I've seen some info on setting up a corporation to register a vehicle in Montana but not sure I want to jump through the hoops to set that up and then maintain it.

Ultimately, I realize you have to pay the tax man and that you cannot let the taxes get in the way of making the purchase you want, but I like to know what my options are. We're still undecided about new vs used and have quite a bit of time to decide before our extended travels begin so we are just keeping our eyes open for something that grabs us.

Thanks again for the discussion and information.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:07 PM   #9
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I bought mine at the dealer in Covington and paid 8.6% sales tax. It would have been 9.5% (Issaquah) if I had bought out of state.

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Dave, thanks for the input. I was curious what the tax rate in Covington was.

How was Covington to deal with? Did you compare them vs Sutton in Oregon? We've had good introductory experiences with Covington (just looking and learning about Airstreams) but have also read all the praise here on the Forum for Sutton. Sutton does seem to outfit their trailers more to our liking if we were looking to buy off the lot (awnings, interior colors etc).

Thanks again,
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Just recently purchased an Airstream from Sutton -- great experience. I wanted to buy from Airstream Adventures Northwest because they have a dealer close to me in Idaho -- no chance. They want too much for their trailers and were rather "cheesy" with the entire transaction. Too much like a sleazy car dealership. Their service department was also very amateurish. For a $67,000 dollar trailer, they were willing to knockoff ....... $3000. It was tough to walk away, but I managed. Go with Sutton.
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I get to pay the state sales tax in Arizona and an even higher one at dealers in the Scottsdale area of Phoenix which add a city tax, too. The tax rate is over 8.5%. When I get back to Indiana to register and plate the vehicle, they check that I paid at least 7% sales tax and would collect from a lower rate up to 7% but do not refund the amount over 7%.

Good luck. Every tax authority is looking for every penny they can find.
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Dave, thanks for the input. I was curious what the tax rate in Covington was.

How was Covington to deal with? Did you compare them vs Sutton in Oregon? We've had good introductory experiences with Covington (just looking and learning about Airstreams) but have also read all the praise here on the Forum for Sutton. Sutton does seem to outfit their trailers more to our liking if we were looking to buy off the lot (awnings, interior colors etc).

Thanks again,
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I was very pleased with Airstream Adventures NW (Covington ). They were nice people and gave me a pretty good deal. I would recommend them.

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I also highly recommend Sutton. I bought my first with Adventures NW but when I wanted to upgrade I went to Mark at Sutton. I don't want to bash Adventures NW, but the experience buying from Sutton was much better. Mark knows Airstreams better than anyone else in the area and still calls me months later to see if I have any new questions.

Sales Tax - Well, at least it's deductible. When you get your plates they will charge you sales tax. Make sure to double check their math, they almost over charged me both times because they don't see many of these transactions. Also, make sure Sutton separates or explicitly calls out upgrades such as leather. You don't have to pay sales tax on upgrades.
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