When I took my $80,000 vehicle into the DMV to register it; I had a very interesting experience. To register it cost me over $1,000, but I’m not here to complain about it, because I’m grateful to be able to afford it, but I’m going to make another point.
First, let me give you a little history. In the beginning the purpose of state vehicle registration was to provide a means of identification, for obvious reasons, and to provide a means for the states to build but primarily maintain roads and highways. So all states adopted similar policies of charging a registration fee based upon the weight of the vehicle because of potentially doing more damage to the roads. So a large truck would pay considerably more than a passenger car for example. In Texas, and I’m sure other states, this is still in place. I would have paid a little over $100 for a personalized license plate. California has changed the rules by some politician coming up with the great idea to charge more expensive vehicle owners more and I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with it, but here’s my point.
When I approached the manager of the DMV for clarification and to make sure she understood that I had already paid the taxes on the vehicle in Texas when I purchased it, these were her words. “Yes I understand you paid the taxes in Texas, but this is not a tax.” I’ll let you decide for yourself but to me this is absolutely a tax that the politicians have convinced the masses of people that it is not a tax. I find this very interesting.
I would love to have your thoughts,