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    A visit to the DMV

    I had to renew my vehicle tag, so I stopped by on the way to work this morning. Unlike most "I went to the DMV" threads, this one has a happy ending -- I was able to walk right up to the counter, pay my $33 (they even take checks!), and be out of there in less than 10 minutes.

    Yup. It's gonna be a good day.

    Chip H.

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    Re: A visit to the DMV

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    I had to renew my vehicle tag, so I stopped by on the way to work this morning. Unlike most "I went to the DMV" threads, this one has a happy ending -- I was able to walk right up to the counter, pay my $33 (they even take checks!), and be out of there in less than 10 minutes.

    Yup. It's gonna be a good day.

    Chip H.
    Good for you - but...I can top that. When renewal time rolls around I just log on to www.servicearizona.com, wend my way through the screens, fill in my credit card number, and a few days later my renewed registration in in my mailbox.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    I had to renew my vehicle tag, so I stopped by on the way to work this morning. Unlike most "I went to the DMV" threads, this one has a happy ending -- I was able to walk right up to the counter, pay my $33 (they even take checks!), and be out of there in less than 10 minutes.

    Yup. It's gonna be a good day.

    Chip H.
    Just like Dennis, I go to www.dmv.ca.gov and after a couple of clicks, entering the code on the renewal letter and the CC I get the sticker in the mail in under a week.

    Nice soundtrack too!

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    Re: A visit to the DMV

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    I had to renew my vehicle tag, so I stopped by on the way to work this morning. Unlike most "I went to the DMV" threads, this one has a happy ending -- I was able to walk right up to the counter, pay my $33 (they even take checks!), and be out of there in less than 10 minutes.

    Yup. It's gonna be a good day.

    Chip H.
    That's how it works here in rural SW Virginia... a true godsend.... and more fuel for my general hatred of dense population areas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    I had to renew my vehicle tag, so I stopped by on the way to work this morning. Unlike most "I went to the DMV" threads, this one has a happy ending -- I was able to walk right up to the counter, pay my $33 (they even take checks!), and be out of there in less than 10 minutes.

    Yup. It's gonna be a good day.

    Chip H.
    That's how it works here in rural SW Virginia... a true godsend.... and more fuel for my general hatred of dense population areas!
    But the net don't care where you live. They even bring the stuff to your door. How much better than having to spend YOUR gas driving there.

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    Re: A visit to the DMV

    Yeah - except for plates and license renewals (also titles). Rare hassles, luckily!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Yeah - except for plates and license renewals (also titles). Rare hassles, luckily!
    The only thing that one needs to go the DMV or to the Auto Club in CA is to register a used car that has been purchased.

    But to renew a D/L when it has been over 3 or 4 renewals and they may want a "fresh" picture you need to go to the DMV.

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    Re: A visit to the DMV

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnB
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Yeah - except for plates and license renewals (also titles). Rare hassles, luckily!
    The only thing that one needs to go the DMV or to the Auto Club in CA is to register a used car that has been purchased.

    But to renew a D/L when it has been over 3 or 4 renewals and they may want a "fresh" picture you need to go to the DMV.
    Va's more bureaucratic; though it is getting better in a few areas, such as renewals, etc. Their web site is really clunky and hard to use...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnB
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Yeah - except for plates and license renewals (also titles). Rare hassles, luckily!
    The only thing that one needs to go the DMV or to the Auto Club in CA is to register a used car that has been purchased.

    But to renew a D/L when it has been over 3 or 4 renewals and they may want a "fresh" picture you need to go to the DMV.
    Va's more bureaucratic; though it is getting better in a few areas, such as renewals, etc. Their web site is really clunky and hard to use...
    Take a look at CA's www.dmv.ca.gov

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    Re: A visit to the DMV

    pay my $33 (they even take checks!), and be out of there in less than 10 minutes.


    Now that is cheap I reckon!
    Rex
    On the Sunshine Coast, in the Sunshine State Queensland (QLD), Australia

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    I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME THAT HATED METROPOLIS. I must say that the DMV in Delaware is fast and efficient. D/L, Tag, inspection all in mintes. The price tag is nearly a grand, but the service is great. Car has been tricked and they are too stupid to realize it is probably not street legal.

    Vroller ;D

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    Re: A visit to the DMV

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1
    pay my $33 (they even take checks!), and be out of there in less than 10 minutes.
    Now that is cheap I reckon!
    I'll get the bill for the property tax on the vehicle in January. For a 7-year old Honda, it'll probably be in the $130 range
    :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiph

    I'll get the bill for the property tax on the vehicle in January. For a 7-year old Honda, it'll probably be in the $130 range
    :-(

    Here (and in CA, too) the property tax is collected with the registration fee. Don't pay the tax, don't get a new sticker for the plates.


    Chip H.

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    Re: A visit to the DMV

    Here they send a burly highway patrolman around to take the plate back.

    Chip H.

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    Re: A visit to the DMV

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    Here they send a burly highway patrolman around to take the plate back.

    Chip H.
    Sounds to me as if your state has too many troopers or not enough for them to do - here, you'd just drive until some officer spotted the lapsed registration and wrote you up, although scofflaws can have the vehicle impounded.


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    Re: A visit to the DMV

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1
    pay my $33 (they even take checks!), and be out of there in less than 10 minutes.
    Now that is cheap I reckon!
    I'll get the bill for the property tax on the vehicle in January. For a 7-year old Honda, it'll probably be in the $130 range
    :-(

    Chip H.
    That's still cheap, Kwozzie, I went to get the tags for my vehicle, the gal said 501, being used to fees in the 50 dollar range - I thought, Wow! That's great. I wrote out a check for five dollars and one cent. She pushed the check back at me and said that is $501.00 - I would have choked on my teeth if they hadn't been fastened. You don't even have to go to the casinos to lose your money in Sin City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gail

    That's still cheap, Kwozzie, I went to get the tags for my vehicle, the gal said 501, being used to fees in the 50 dollar range - I thought, Wow! That's great. I wrote out a check for five dollars and one cent. She pushed the check back at me and said that is $501.00 - I would have choked on my teeth if they hadn't been fastened. You don't even have to go to the casinos to lose your money in Sin City.
    A couple of questions: How much is registration and how much is property tax; and, what year/make/model vehicle? The registration here in AZ is only $28 but the property tax on a current year vehicle of the high end can run the total bill well over $500.


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    Quote Originally Posted by D_E_Davis
    Quote Originally Posted by gail

    That's still cheap, Kwozzie, I went to get the tags for my vehicle, the gal said 501, being used to fees in the 50 dollar range - I thought, Wow! That's great. I wrote out a check for five dollars and one cent. She pushed the check back at me and said that is $501.00 - I would have choked on my teeth if they hadn't been fastened. You don't even have to go to the casinos to lose your money in Sin City.
    A couple of questions: How much is registration and how much is property tax; and, what year/make/model vehicle? The registration here in AZ is only $28 but the property tax on a current year vehicle of the high end can run the total bill well over $500.

    I don't remember. I asked DH and he didn't either. I have an 04 Chysler Town & Country Limited. Tennessee was cheap and Nevada is not!

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    The shitheads here only get into my pocket for $50 on the truck; $25 each on the Trans-Am and old Kaw. The new bike carries the stiffest hit - $75 .


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    In Texas it's not bad - no personal property tax on autos, and my latest registration renewal (just got it in the mail yesterday) is $71. That does, however, include a Dallas County "Road and Bridge Fee" of $10, most of which obviously must be going to something other than roads and bridges, given the putrid state of the streets around here, and the fact we now have a fanatic in the governor's office who wants to slap a toll on everything in sight.

    But what bugs me most of all is the extra $1 "convenience fee" they charge you if you want to renew by mail instead of standing in line!!! Make it $2 if you want to renew online!!! Okay, okay, I know we're talking about small change, but it's the principle of the thing that bugs me...

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