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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.|
|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.|
|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