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Old 04-17-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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I am thinking of getting a vanity plate for my new car. I can't decide if i want to go ahead and do it. Then how long should i do the term for? (http://myplates.com/)

1 year = $155
5 year = $395
10 year=$495

What do you recommend? i know if you do one year term, then you have to pay $40 renewal fee on top of normal registration fees. So i will do some calcs

If i did a one year term, to save the most in "start up" costs, what would it cost me over 5 years and 10 years. I will not include normal registration fees, because you would have to pay that anyways.

5 years-

$155- one year term vanity plate.

Then $40 for every year after the first for 5 years.
So $40 x 4 = $160.

So the total would be. $155+$160=$315 which is $80 cheaper than paying for the 5 year term right off the bat ($395)


10 years-

$155- one year term vanity plate.

Then $40 for every year after the first for 10 years.
So $40 x 9 = $360.

So the total would be. $155+$360=$515 which is $20 more expensive than paying for the 10 year term right off the bat ($495).


So my conclusion would be, it's better to just get the one year term. Yeah it would save me the hassle of the renewing every year. But it's cheaper and I don't think anyone would want to drop that much money right off the bat for a Vanity Plate. Your vanity plate can be transferred to any vehicle in the same class that is in your name.

All of the FAQ's you need to know are here
http://www.txdmv.gov/vehicles/license_plates/faq.htm

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P.S. Inmates make all the vanity plates.
"TxDMV contracts with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to manufacture license plates. The plates are made by offenders at the Wynne Correctional Unit in Huntsville."
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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We did 5 years on the M3, one year on the s2k and ITR because they have the old vanity plates, so I think I'm still paying less for the S2k and ITR.

Do you plan to have the car for 5 years? If not, would you still want the plate for 5 years??
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Do you plan to have the car for 5 years? If not, would you still want the plate for 5 years??
This. If the plate is relative to the car itself or even manufacturer, figure this into your decision even though it's an intrinsic cost.

This is why I only did 1 year on the IS.
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I did the five year on mine....its not vehicle specific, so it will work on any vehicle i buy from here out
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:45 AM   #5
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I am making mine not vehicle specific. I will probably keep it for a long time
But Texas law makes you replace plates after 7 years due to degradation of reflective properties and legibility. So it seems pointless to get 10 years.
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I'll probably just go with the 1 year plate. Since it seems the cheaper way to go. Even after 10 years you would only save $20 bucks and have to pay it all at once when something could happen and change it. So i will buy the one year.

When you guys bought them, did you buy them online then just pick them up from the tax collector's office? if so where did you pick them up at?
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bought online, tax office called when they came in.
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bought online, tax office called when they came in.
Where did you pick it up at?
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Mine are supposed to come in at 1001 Preston Houston, tx
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i still have paper plates on my car. My real plates wont be here till next month. I'll go ahead and order my vanity plates.

Senator, did you just do the 1 year term or the 5 year term?
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I did the one year because my plates are kinda only relative to my Lexus.

I chose Harris county as the county I live in, and it said the 1001 Preston building is address I would pick them up at.

Good know they will actually call me when they get here, thanks Bluestreak.
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Downtown sucks , but for the Vanity plates. It's worth it. Yeah mine is not specific to my Lexus. More specific to any vehicle i drive lol.
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Downtown sucks , but for the Vanity plates. It's worth it. Yeah mine is not specific to my Lexus. More specific to any vehicle i drive lol.
Look up the address and it's on the northeast corner, so if you go the right way, it's easy to get to. Just give up, pay to park and its not too bad...

I ordered mine last Friday, so I'll let you know how long it takes actually, and how long it takes to get them.
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Senator, When you get your's let me know if you have to pay an extra fee so that your registration and license plate both expire on same date. When i check out it gives me this warning.

"The purchase of a one-year plate term may cause additional fees to be collected at your County Tax Assessor-Collector to establish a single expiration date for both the specialty plates and your vehicle registration."
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Senator, When you get your's let me know if you have to pay an extra fee so that your registration and license plate both expire on same date. When i check out it gives me this warning.

"The purchase of a one-year plate term may cause additional fees to be collected at your County Tax Assessor-Collector to establish a single expiration date for both the specialty plates and your vehicle registration."
Yep, and bring cash, check, or money order....no debit/credit.

I'll let you know how much mine is. I believe you just have to renew your registration and then THAT is the new date. Just making you re-register earlier. I will find out for sure.
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Well , re register would suck. I just bought the car 2 weeks ago and got registration. LOL

Maybe 5 year is better for me. LOL I will do some research and talk to some people.
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Well , re register would suck. I just bought the car 2 weeks ago and got registration. LOL

Maybe 5 year is better for me. LOL I will do some research and talk to some people.
Like I said, that is just what I gathered from the webpage, I could be wrong. I still have 2 weeks so I won't know about that part for a bit.
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Like I said, that is just what I gathered from the webpage, I could be wrong. I still have 2 weeks so I won't know about that part for a bit.
Ill hold off until you get yours and we know more. I'll PM you in 2 weeks or just pm me when you get them in and know more.

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Wow, I'm just surprised that cost that much....I was thinking $40 a yr...that was it.
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