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      01-09-2008, 05:08 AM   #1
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Alright folks. Just in case you didn't know. Yes, you bought the car here in Europe at a great price and tax free, but get ready. When you ship it back to the states, be prepared to pay sales tax on it when you go to register the car. It is the sales tax percentage for that state on the purchase price or currentor blue book value of the car, whichever is cheaper. Needless to say, I'm not pleased about wasting 3 grand on taxes, but oh well.
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Some states will waive the sales tax on vehicles purchased overseas
if you used it atleast 11 mos at that location, AL waived mine on a
Dodge Caravan 4 years ago. Hopefully the same will happen with my
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Ferg, since you're in Germany and I'll be there in a few months. I have a question about BMW's. I'm having a issue deciding on Sports Pack or just going with All Seasons. In K-Town are the winters so bad that my Sports Pack and Low pro tires would be deemed useless because of the need for snow tires??
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Ferg, since you're in Germany and I'll be there in a few months. I have a question about BMW's. I'm having a issue deciding on Sports Pack or just going with All Seasons. In K-Town are the winters so bad that my Sports Pack and Low pro tires would be deemed useless because of the need for snow tires??
Get the Sports Package, then you can always get cheaper rims & tires for the winter. Wheels, Seats, Lowered suspension, unrestricted rev limiter. All that will run over a grand if you decide you want it later.
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This is what I found on Military Sales webpage:

"In the case of State Sales Tax it is impossible to list definitive criteria, as each individual state views both rates and liability differently. As a general rule you should expect to pay some form of tax upon first registration in the USA. However, as a military person you may qualify for exemption or if the vehicle has already been bought and owned out of state (sometimes for a specified time period) this may also fulfil any criteria for exemption. Itís always wise to try to obtain first hand information from the appropriate local office. For an overview of the various State rates click www.taxadmin.org then navigate to the relevant section."

And about import tax:

"Import Tax is charged at 2.5% of the total value stated on the Bill of Sale. As a general rule the criteria for free (non-taxable) importation is that the owner must have been stationed abroad for 140 consecutive days and has taken physical possession of the vehicle while stationed abroad. A copy of official military (PCS) orders must accompany the vehicle being shipped and as some US ports of entry stipulate a minimum mileage requirement in order to avoid Import Tax, it is also recommended that your vehicle be shipped with a minimum of 500 miles at the time of importation. Depending upon whether you are Military, Civilian (GS) or DOD contractor, the rules can vary. If youíre unsure just check with the relevant department or visit the official US Customs Website and navigate to the relevant section. www.customs.gov/xp/cgov/import/infrequent_importer_info/personal_vehicle.xml"
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Georgia, 9500 miles, $0 import fees payed. I guess every state is different.
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Ferg, since you're in Germany and I'll be there in a few months. I have a question about BMW's. I'm having a issue deciding on Sports Pack or just going with All Seasons. In K-Town are the winters so bad that my Sports Pack and Low pro tires would be deemed useless because of the need for snow tires??
Winter in K-town is not so bad, but according to German law, if you get into an accident in winter and you do not have snow or all season tires, you will be automatically at fault.
I have the sport option and it is great. Good inexpensive wheels and tires will be easy to find, and with the sport option you will not have a speed limiter. Have fun, but be careful
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in florida they tax you $60 for every $1000 on the car. so everytime you go to get your tag old car new car they will get you. i always say the car was a gift, that way they cant tax you.
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