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NEVER thought I'd say this but the cost of registering a vehicle in the VI is negligible!

 
Alana33
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I just bought and registered a car here in Lady Lakes, FL.
Very easy to do, nice helpful staff, No line or long process as long as you have the right paperwork, insurance card, etc.

BUT.....Gee guys, the cost was phenomenal!
Between sales tax on $8K priced 2011 Subaru Outback, tittle, registration, new tags and sticker for 2 years it cost $960.00.
My jaw dropped! I'll never complain about the cost of new plates, registration and title in the VI, again.
I can say that we can thank our lucky stars, that's one thing that's less expensive than stateside. I'm still reeling!

Oh...and nothing had to be notarized.

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Topic starter Posted : February 16, 2017 9:01 pm
SausageInTheCan
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Over $400.00 was just the title fee. The rest is still insane.

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Posted : February 16, 2017 9:31 pm
speee1dy
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how is the cost of insurance compared to here?

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Posted : February 17, 2017 10:47 am
vicanuck
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People love to complain about the cost of living in the VI, and I complain once in a while too. But the reality for me is that it is a lot less expensive to live here than many other places on the mainland.

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Posted : February 17, 2017 10:55 am
Alana33
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Cost of insurance is more but I have minimal insurance on my 19 year old Toyota Tacoma in STT.

Because I'm just getting used to driving on the right hand side of road, the crazy roundabouts, etc., I paid more "just in case." Plus apparently you can only get insurance for 6 months and then renew and pay again. Or at least in my case, it worked out that way with Progressive Insurance.

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Topic starter Posted : February 17, 2017 3:14 pm
Juanita
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Alana, don't know if this came up when you purchased your car insurance, but it did for me. Seems car insurance is more expensive if you have not had a steady policy for the previous 5 years. The VI is not in their database, so unless you actually provide proof of insurance from your VI company, your rate is higher. If this wasn't addressed, you might check on it.

Enjoy FL....lovely weather this year!!

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Posted : February 17, 2017 4:16 pm
AandA2VI
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People love to complain about the cost of living in the VI, and I complain once in a while too. But the reality for me is that it is a lot less expensive to live here than many other places on the mainland.

I agree. I don't complain much at all about prices, I've managed to make our monthly the same as AZ when we lived there which was a pretty cheap COL. trade offs usually balance it all out here.

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Posted : February 17, 2017 4:51 pm
Alana33
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Alana, don't know if this came up when you purchased your car insurance, but it did for me. Seems car insurance is more expensive if you have not had a steady policy for the previous 5 years. The VI is not in their database, so unless you actually provide proof of insurance from your VI company, your rate is higher. If this wasn't addressed, you might check on it.

Enjoy FL....lovely weather this year!!

Yes, that was the case about VI not being in database as well as a small surcharge since I haven't gotten a FL driver's license as yet.

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Topic starter Posted : February 17, 2017 4:57 pm
SausageInTheCan
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The money you save on registration and insurance goes to wheels, tires and suspension repairs due to the great roads here. The roads in Florida are way better and you're not in first gear all day like here.

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Posted : February 17, 2017 9:28 pm
Idlewood4
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Shhhhhh, Don't tell Mapp or the Senate, or they'll be increasing all those fees too.

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Posted : February 17, 2017 11:52 pm
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