Massachusetts Used Car Sales Tax & Fees

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If you're buying a new or used car it is important to know the sales taxes and fees that you might have to pay. 

Here are typical fees in Massachusetts:

DMV or State Fees
  Certificate of Title Transfer Fee $75  
  Add / Delete Lienholder on Title $25  
  Vehicle Registration Fee $60  
  License Renewal Sticker - Registration Renewal $60 - regular plates renewal for two years

$100 - reserve plates -  keep plate number for two years

$80 vanity plates - renewal for one year

  Private Party Use Tax 6.25% sales tax or 6.25% use tax There are some exceptions to the use tax. Visit for more details.
  Motor Vehicle Annual Inspection Fee $35  
  Registration Gift Tax Transfer $25  
  Motorcycle Inspection Fee $15  
Dealership Fees
  Documentation Fees No specific limit Charged to cover administrative costs of the dealer related to the title, registration and other paperwork.These fees are neither required or prohibited by Massachusetts state law. The documentation fee must be included in the advertised price. Attempting to charge more than the advertised price is considered unfair and deceptive according to the Office of the Attorney General. Documentation fees must be itemized and disclosed in the final pricing.
  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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