How to legally save $472.21 on registering a new car.
After buying the 2010 CTS Wagon, the dealer said to wait a couple of weeks to register it so that the paperwork could make it across the border and into the SC system.
Around here, you have to go to the tax office, pay your personal property tax on the car, then truck on down to the DMV with your paid receipt, and pay your $24 for 2 years of registration.
So I went down to the tax office, gave them the paperwork and the lady behind the counter asked if I was transferring a tag. "Um, no, I need to get a new tag as I'm buying outright," says I.
Dollie (yep, that's her name) said that if I wanted to pay the $509 in property tax, I was more than welcome to do so. She then went on to tell me that since I JUST re-registered the 84 Hurst/Olds in July according to her computer screen, why don't I pay the tag transfer fee to put those tags on the wagon, and while I was there, pay my 2012 taxes again on the 84 Hurst/Olds at $26.79, and right after transferring, I could get a new plate for the 84. Since I was buying a new plate for something anyway, why not do it cheaper?
She said sure, it sounds too good to be true, but it's all on the up and up.
Sure enough, I paid the taxes again on the 84 through 8/2012, then went to the tag office and paid the $10 tag transfer fee to assign the plate to the Caddy.
Once that went through, I pulled out my tax receipt for the 84 Hurst/Olds, then purchased a new plate for $24 dollars for 2 years (but they only give you a one year decal and then send you a "free" one after paying your property taxes next year). Now both cars have legal plates.
Savings = $472.21 overall. Thanks Dollie!
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