Included in vehicle price is the sales tax, which can vary from state to state. Some states don’t even charge sales tax. Consult with your dealer to see how much yours will be, if any. You may also consider driving to a state that doesn’t have sales tax. Sure, you’ll spend money on gas getting there, but the additional savings may be worth it.
License and Registration Fees
You can’t drive a vehicle off the lot unless it’s registered in your name, showing that you legally own it. This costs some money and includes fees on the license plate, title paperwork, and registration. You’ll pay these fees every year and they vary in price depending on where you live.
Insurance is probably the most expensive fee many car shoppers overlook. You need it legally in most states and it helps pay for vehicle damages and injuries after an accident. In the United States, the average annual cost for auto insurance is $900. This can vary, though, depending on how old you are and how many accidents you’ve had in the past.
If you’re worried about any other additional fees, talk to car dealers you can trust. They can list out any costs you may have overlooked so you there are no surprises.