Illinois Used Car Taxes and Fees

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If you're buying a new or used car, it's important to know the taxes and fees you may have to pay.  

Here are typical fees in Illinois:

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 Private Party Vehicle Use Tax Chart Use Tax is a 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 municipal 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.
  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  
Dealership Fees
  Documentation Fees $175.94 Charged to cover administrative costs of the dealer related to the title, registration and other paperwork.
  Advertising Fees Negotiable Check your invoice to see if your dealer is adding on fees related to their advertising. You may be able to negotiate these fees.
  Vehicle History Report Fees Varies by provider It's wise to get a vehicle history report when purchasing a used car. If your dealer doesn't provide one, there are plenty of companies you can use such as Carfax and AutoCheck.
  Pre-sale inspection Varies by inspection company A pre-purchase inspection is often done for used cars.  The purchaser usually pays. An inspection can uncover flaws that could change your decision to buy the car.

Updated June 8, 2018

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