When purchasing a new or used car it is important to understand the different kinds of fees that you may be required to pay.  Some are required by the state and some by your dealer or others and some you may choose to pay.

Here are typical fees:

DMV or State Fees
  Title Transfer Fee $95  
  Vehicle Registration Fee $101  
  License Renewal Sticker
  • $101 standard renewal sticker
  • $108 personalized plate renewal sticker
  • $114 vanity plate renewal sticker
  Private Party Use Tax Online Use Tax Charts for 2016 Use Tax is a complicated formula based on the purchase price (fair market value) and the age of the vehicle.  Refer to the online use tax charts to get the latest charts.
  Local munical and county private party use taxes Local Tax Information Some regions such as the City of Chicago and Cook county have additional Use Taxes on the purchase of a vehicle.  Refer to the local tax information link for the most up-to-date information.
  Emissons Fee    
  Gift Tax $15

Instead of Use Tax, if the transaction meets one of the following:

  • Estate gift to a beneficiary other than a surviving spouse
  • Transferred in a business reorganization
  • Transferred or purchased from a spouse, parent, brother, sister, child, or a party to a civil union.
  Motorcycle or ATVS $25 instead of a Use Tax  
Dealership Fees
  Documentation Fees No specific limit. Charged to cover administrative costs of the dealer related to the title, registration and other paperwork. Find out the fee early in the buying process since it may be significant.  By Georgia Law, these fees are required to be part of the advertised purchase price.
  Trade-in Fees Negotiable  
  Warranty Fees   Usually a basic warranty comes with the purchase of your vehicle. Your dealership may encourage you to buy extended warranties.
  Credit Insurance Fees    
  Advertising Fees Negotiable Check your invoice to see if your dealer is adding on fees related to their advertising. Usually, you can negotiate these down or completely out.
  Vehicle History Report Fees Depends It is highly recommended to get a history report when purchasing a used car. If your dealer doesn't provide this for you, there are plenty of private firms that you can use. Refer to Vehicle History Reports for more information.
  Private Sales Fees    
  Pre-sale inspection Depends A Pre-sale inspection is often done when purchasing a used car.  The purchaser is usually responsible for these fees.  However, they may be well worth it if they uncover flaws that discourage you from buying the car.