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Old 04-04-2010, 11:51 PM   #1
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Ok so from what i have read on the texas dmv websites is that when i register my bike i pay about $40 for the title change and registration but when it comes to the vehicle tax or whatever i'm a little confused. from what i'm understanding from their website basically if they don't like how much i paid for the bike and think it should have been more, than i have to pay tax on whatever they think i SHOULD have paid for the bike? all this is starting to really make me
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Yup Thats about it, You pay for the "Value" of the bike.
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Who gets to determine the "value" of my bike then? cause if thats the case i'll drag the thing up there with no front wheel, no fairings, no bars, and put dirt on it to make it look like its worthless lol.
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Should go by what the seller put in their Bill of Sale.
That's what they've always gone by on both my bikes, cars, etc.
There may be a loophole somehwere.
I dont know, that's just my experience.

Where/who did you buy the bike from?
Obviously not from a dealer.
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they go by the NADA value of the bike
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Ok so from what i have read on the texas dmv websites is that when i register my bike i pay about $40 for the title change and registration but when it comes to the vehicle tax or whatever i'm a little confused. from what i'm understanding from their website basically if they don't like how much i paid for the bike and think it should have been more, than i have to pay tax on whatever they think i SHOULD have paid for the bike? all this is starting to really make me
I once bought a Ford Escort for $100 off craigslist. The tax alone was almost $160. Go figure.

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i bought the bike from a guy out in cypress, very nice guy, i'm not gonna say who because it not my place. i never had him sign a i-130 or whatever so i guess i have a trip to make =/
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80% of the fair market value, as determined by them. A bill of sale/receipt will do no good. You can spend the $150 or so to get a professional appraisal and attmept to over ride their value. You might save $10 that way.

That's how it works in TX. You think that's bad? Buy something from out of state and bring it here....
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80% of the fair market value, as determined by them. A bill of sale/receipt will do no good. You can spend the $150 or so to get a professional appraisal and attmept to over ride their value. You might save $10 that way.

That's how it works in TX. You think that's bad? Buy something from out of state and bring it here....
I bought my brand new Hayabusa (stolen) off eBay from a dealer in
Ohio. I had no problems. I also buy all of my cars out of state via eBay as well.

What issues were you having?
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I had to pay almost $1000 in fees to bring my car in, and $500 to bring my bike in.
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I had to pay almost $1000 in fees to bring my car in, and $500 to bring my bike in.
You talking about shipping fees or registration fees? I'm a little confused.
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inspection and registration.
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Who gets to determine the "value" of my bike then? cause if thats the case i'll drag the thing up there with no front wheel, no fairings, no bars, and put dirt on it to make it look like its worthless lol.
The actual tax on the bike is taxed either on the amount you paid for the bike or the Standard Presumptive Value (SPV), which ever one is higher. They put in the VIN number of the bike into the system and get a price for that. I tried putting in 1500 bucks for the amount I paid and got taxed 160 bucks because the SPV was higher.

http://www.dmv.tx.gov/vehicles/title...tive_value.htm

you can find more info on SPV on there.
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well that will go with all cars or bike. inspection is like 39.75 on cars and motorcycle are somewhere around 13.00. Registration will be the same. No matter if it's from Ohio or texas. You'll still pay the same. So I still don't see your problem. I bought a few cars from out of state. I believe i only spend a 1.00 more than if I would have bought it instate due to the out of state form when inspected. I still paid tax, fees, and registration stickers. You spend 1000 on the car because of they taxed you on what your car is worth not where it came from. My cbr was charged 240ish for fees, Most of which are taxes.

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inspection and registration.
Something doesn't add up unless you've got nice vehicles which are taxed accordingly......

I bet you've been letting the dealer tack on these exhorbant fees rather than going to the DPS. Hiddenvalley and Tommyg both have put up some useful information that I can't really add much to.

Buying a car or bike from out of state is no big deal. The only time it really becomes an issue is if you're buying one to bring into California. Now that's a state where things bercome complicated. But this is MotoHouston sooo....
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I already paid 3500 in taxes in NY on the car when I bought it new. They charged me some value based fee, and I had to get a $150 inspection to say that a 6 month old car was worthy to be put on the road in TX. Same happened with the bike. TX raped me.
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I already paid 3500 in taxes in NY on the car when I bought it new. They charged me some value based fee, and I had to get a $150 inspection to say that a 6 month old car was worthy to be put on the road in TX. Same happened with the bike. TX raped me.
My most recent purchase was actually a car from Long Island. I had it shipped out here. I'm not sure how things work when transferring same owner titles but... you may have bumped into a disgruntled DPS employee. I'd investigate the charges a bit further if I were you.

Total price on my car was xx, and I was charged the standard 6.5% sales tax. No roadworthy fees. It was an older car too. A 1977 model.
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they wouldnt allow me to register either without this huge inspection (I think it was called a red sheet?). I actually had to leave my car overnight for this inspection to be performed. The bike was done in an hour, but he had to check off 50 or so items, and I had to take that form in. NY is famous for bleeding people dry, but in this instance, TX outdid NY. Maryland is a , too.
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I already paid 3500 in taxes in NY on the car when I bought it new. They charged me some value based fee, and I had to get a $150 inspection to say that a 6 month old car was worthy to be put on the road in TX. Same happened with the bike. TX raped me.
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they wouldnt allow me to register either without this huge inspection (I think it was called a red sheet?). I actually had to leave my car overnight for this inspection to be performed. The bike was done in an hour, but he had to check off 50 or so items, and I had to take that form in. NY is famous for bleeding people dry, but in this instance, TX outdid NY. Maryland is a , too.

i guess it sucks to be you.....i bought my 09 sierra up in Maine before i moved down here....only cost me like $12.50 to get an inspection (which seemed kinda low for harris county, but it was a brand new truck with 2000 miles on it from the drive down). they took off the tax i had already paid in maine (lower sales tax then texas) and i think i walked out of there paying $200 to register my truck here(after a month long battle to get it titled in texas). was going to cost me $800 in maine because of excise tax
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R6Chris, As a Texas resident purchasing out of state, you pay Texas the sales tax. If it's just registering for a Texas title after a move to Texas there's no sales tax fee.

Have all of your paperwork in order. Title, Bill of Sale, proof of insurance and proof of inspection for the tax clerk. Out of state insurance write offs may require a statement from the insurance company, I think primarily if a third party seller is involved; still not sure about that issue, but glad I had one (perhaps helped as purchase price was much less than the SPV and the clerk didn't hesitate on value).

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