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Old 10-06-2003, 02:43 AM   #1
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CA Registration Fees

I have heard all about the law in CA, that lets you avoid paying tax if you take your new delivery out of state and then keep your trailer out of the state for 90 or 91 days.

What I am curious about is what the cost is to register a new trailer is in the state of CA.

I have heard that the license fee is 2% and I have also heard that the license fee is under $50 dollars. Which one is right?

Can someone in CA help me with this?

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Old 10-06-2003, 07:32 AM   #2
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Check with CA DMV...

That's your best bet to get straight scoop. I doubt that CA will miss a trick in collecting taxes or registration dollars, but you never know 'til you ask.

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Old 10-06-2003, 07:53 AM   #3
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I have tried looking online, and have even visited the California DMV. I am finding it nearly impossible to get any deatils.

I hope that someone in CA can help me with this.
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Old 10-06-2003, 08:30 AM   #4
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Is this the answer?

I believe that I have found the answer to my own question. If someone from CA could confirm that my findings are correct, I would appreciate it.

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vlf/vlf_qa.htm

Wow, that's an expensive fee each year!
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Old 10-06-2003, 08:37 AM   #5
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Joshua, the new registration fee is 2% of the purchase price. The old fee was 0.7% so it almost tripled! I would try to avoid registering any vehicle in CA until after the election. All the major candidates said they would repeal the new tax but the law may not allow it?? California, the State of Chaos.
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Old 10-06-2003, 08:51 AM   #6
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Jerry,

The trailer isn't expected to come in until late December.

Hopefully, by the time the trailer is delivered, the license fees will be repealed. I guess we'll just have to see what happens on Tuesday and then go from there.

Thanks for your input.
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One More Thing

Jerry,

I forgot to mention, that what I find most interesting is the license fee is the same percentage whether you are licensing a vehicle or a trailer without an engine.

I think that's a little odd, but who am I to say?
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Wanna place a bet on new CA gov?

I'm putting my money on the Terminator (Arnold) and am willing to wager $10k in monopoly money that he gets the nod for new gov.
Voters tend to forgive politicians their personal indiscretions if they are otherwise likable.
Arnold has at least admitted that he made some bad personal decisions but seems serious about politics which are already much screwed up. How much harm can he do?

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Local news (ABC7) report this morning that the numbers have dropped in favor of the recall to 57%. Arnold is in the lead in the poll reported, but has fallen closer to Bustamante 34%, McClintock 13%, other 5% of persons polled. How many were asked and in what context I'm sure makes a difference. So goes politics. I'd like to hear more about specific issues than pushing numbers around or personal remarks. When it comes down to what happens with California they all pretty much dance the same, photo ops aside.
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MaShep,

I noticed that you had a 2004 16' CCD. Did you have to pay 2% tax or were you able to slide in under the other license fees becasue you were just below the 16'?

I am in China right now on business and wont be back in the states for another two weeks. I will be flying into SFO when I return and then to AZ, so it will be interesting to see if a new governor is in place.
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We didn't buy our trailer in California. We have property elsewhere.
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Being that you bought it in NM, I assume either your used an address there and registered it there and paid sales tax there, or paid sales tax in New Mexico or CA and registered it in CA? Which scenario is right?
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California charges two separate fees as part of the registration process for trailer or motorhome. If you purchase it in state, there is sales tax of approx 8% collected by seller or payable by buyer of from private party. Same rate whether new or used, though for cars DMV has computer appraisal amount so they don't have to rely on phony price claims between buyer and seller. Used trailer prices not in computer, so round down...

It's possible to try and beat Use Tax if RV purchased out of state, kept out of state at least 90 days, and has non-Calif address for initial registration period. Folks with big boats and private jets avoid their 8% taxes routinely by hiring consultants to help with paperwork.

In addition, there is Vehicle License Fee (VLF) which was just increased by our current governor Davis from .67% to 2% of new value, or depreciated value. This amount is charged every year in addition to actual registration (about $30..) and is simply a tax going into California's General Fund...

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Thanks for your response. It was very helpful.
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