Originally Posted by RBinDC
Really? How does that work? I'm moving to the Bay Area later this year (or more realistically early next year as I have not sold my house).
In California you pay sales tax on the price of the car if it is a purchase (not a lease). So if you buy a $50,000 car the sales tax is 9.5% (San Francisco sales tax rate) of the whole $50,000.
If you lease in California the only sales tax you pay is 9.5% of the monthly lease payment.
Neither of these includes DMV registration which is based on the sale price of the car in either case. Using the $50,000 example, registration will be $674.
Example below from this calculator