Originally Posted by MrG
Yeah, they overhauled the car tax scheme a couple years back. Some of it made sense (no more birthday tax), but there was definitely some serious stupidity in there (charging new residents sales tax).
Won't you sign up for utilities and do the lease well before you move in? That should have the service address, right? And you'd have it before you even got to Georgia.
Still, other than the sales tax thing (which is ridiculous), isn't this pretty standard stuff? I've only lived in a couple states, but I would have assumed you can't register a car in a state where you're not licensed.
Also, if you think the car stuff is pissing you off, wait until Ed sees your post and thinks it means he has a new friend in town!
The sales tax thing is enraging. We have one car, which my wife will use for her daily commute, that we bought about 4 months ago. Paid sales tax to NY at the time, and going to have to pay them again to GA when we move. $5.5k in taxes combined on a $30k car within six months. Unreal.
It also makes leasing very unattractive. Pay the full sales tax up front, not just the tax on what you "use"--one of only 5 states I believe to require you to do that. Also pay full sales tax again if you exercise the purchase clause at the end of the lease. Unfortunate, because I'll really only need this car for a few years, so leasing would have been a great option for me.
Honestly, I'm sure it probably is standard in most states. Just seems that everyone assumes that you already have a car and aren't going to be stranded (or paying to rent something) while you wait for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn.
Originally Posted by otc
Does it really take 2 weeks to get a license if you go in person?
They printed my IL license while I was standing there.
Also, it looks like a car purchased from a dealer has 30 day temporary license/tags...so...buy from a dealer?
Pretty sure GA mails you the license, if I'm remembering my wife's renewal process many years back (she's NY licensed now, so we couldn't just register under her name
). Could have changed though, worth a look. That would shave some serious time off.
The dealer thing could be a help, though I was planning to go private since I just need a commuter car. Wonder how bad you get screwed if you're late registering it in case I still dont have the license...