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I got some bad news today. I live in Washington state where there is no sales tax on electric cars. I would like to take delivery in Arizona where I spend the winters. Alas, if I do, I must pay Arizona sales tax. Bummer. That is according to a fellow named George at headquarters. So right now I guess I will take delivery in WA and drive to AZ in January. I hope the highway is clear of snow. Or I could spend $750 and have it trucked down. Decisions; decisions.

Yeah there's no way to get around that really. $750 isn't that bad, considering.

You're planning on keeping it in AZ year-round? Or are you going to take it back and forth?

Back and forth

oh wow. It would definitely be interesting to hear about your experiences if you plan on driving like that twice a year.

cerjor: I winter in Tucson area and also plan on doing the back & forth thing from Northern California. Anxiously awaiting the announcement on Monday. Hopefully I-10 figures in the near term SC plans. With the probable Harris Ranch SC location in central CA, I need help to get from LA to Phoenix. Sounds like you will be doing the same route, eh?

I live in Vancouver WA. I won't get my Model S until this spring. We should talk - I'd be willing to work out something if you need me to drive it to Phoenix. I have friends in family in both the Bay Area, Sacramento (stay the night) as well as friends in Phoenix I could visit after I met up with you. And spend a few days visiting. Then I could fly back (I have flight benefits so I can get a very cheap PHX-PDX flight)

Just thinking of a fun road trip. I have the time and enjoy road trips.
My wife thinks I'm crazy... what can I say. A road trip in a Tesla? Why the heck not!

This could be my new career. LOL.

Phil

phil.gorski@gmail.com

Wait, no sales tax on EV's in WA?! Maybe we should all get our cars delivered there and then drive them home!

@djm17178, I wish we could do that as it would save me about $10k in taxes!!

Yep... Why do you think so many of us Washingtonians are eagerly buying this car (besides the fact that it is completely awesome)?!? There is also no tax on EV parts and maintenance and electric installs to support charging. For many Tesla buyers in my state, I suspect these benefits are near or greater than the Federal rebate.

PhilG: Thanks for the kind offer. My MVPD gives a Nov/Dec delivery date. I plan to be in Washington between Christmas and New Years. I hope I can take delivery then and drive it back to AZ. If its available in Nov. I will probably spend the money to fly north and drive back. Hoping for no snow when I drive back.

Oregon also does not have a sales tax. Do Oregon people have to pay some special tax on a new car?

@djm17178@gmail.com | SEPTEMBER 20, 2012: Wait, no sales tax on EV's in WA?! Maybe we should all get our cars delivered there and then drive them home!

I think for states like AZ, you have to register the car first in WA, then re-register it in AZ. If you bring a new unregistered car into AZ, they want to collect tax on it when you register. That would also mean your would have to drill holes in your front bumper for the WA license plate.

I think you're right Alex.

Kentucky charges annual property taxes on vehicles as well. So in addition to the higher car payments and insurance, I get a nice big tax bill at the end of the year for my 80K car...

@djm17178@gmail.com | SEPTEMBER 21, 2012: Kentucky charges annual property taxes on vehicles as well. So in addition to the higher car payments and insurance, I get a nice big tax bill at the end of the year for my 80K car...

Sorry to hear that. In AZ there is sales tax on EVs, but the only annual fees are for registration. Registration is normally 4% of the assessed vehicle valuation. For EVs they are assessed at 1% of their actual cost. So for a $100K car it's 4% of $1k or $40.


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