Texas Used Car Sales Tax and Fees

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When purchasing a new or used car, it's important to understand the taxes and fees you may face.  

Texas statewide sales tax on new & used vehicles is 6.25%

Here are typical fees:

DMV or State Fees
  Title Transfer Fee Usually $28 or $33 This fee varies by county. Contact your tax assessor-collector for the correct fee.
  Tag / License Fee $51.75 - base fee
$10 - local fee
 
  Transfer Registration Fee $2.50  
  Sales Tax 6.25% on the purchase price or Standard Presumptive Value (SPV). 6.25% on the purchase price if purchased from an authorized dealer.

If purchased from anyone other than an authorized dealer, it may be 6.25% of the purchase price or 6.25% of the SPV, whichever is higher. SPV is based on similar sales in the Texas region.

  New Residents $90 This is imposed on a vehicle brought into the state by a new resident that was previously registered in the resident's name in another state or foreign country. There is no sales tax.
  Emissions Fee 2.5% or 1% 2.5% for diesel vehicles 1996 and older greater than 14,000 lbs.

1% for diesel vehicles 1997 and newer greater than 14,000 lbs.

  Gift Tax $10 Motor vehicles transferred to eligible relatives or non-profit organizations.
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 must be a part of the advertised price.
Miscellaneous
  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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