Those fees vary from State to State and region to region in the U.S., as well the price of gasoline does as well. In addition, the Federal Agencies attempts to limit pollution result in different formulated gasoline from location to location at different times of the year to best address the enironmental conditions of the area, that results in mileage of two equal vehicles varying a noticeable amount as well.
Gasonline is often 1/3 to 1/6 that of European and Asian countries, right now about $3.40USD for a gallon of gasoline, or $0.90USD per litre. The fuel is heavily taxed and taxes equate to as much as half the fuel price if NOT more in some states, it is suppose to be used to maintain the public roads, but is often squandered and our roads and bridges are often in very poor condition. Actually, European and Asian countries tax their fuel even heavier than that, as well as refusing to allow more refineries to be built, etc that is why their price is so much higher than the U.S. despite the crude oil being sold for the same price as it is to the U.S.
If states even have a property tax on vehicles, it based soley on the current worth of the vehicle. Most states just have a sale tax for when its purchased. I've heard in European and Asian countries this often based off the vehicle size/weight/engine displacement, i.e. driving owners to only being able to afford smaller cars.
There are often yearly or bi-yearly registration and tag fee's, often about $50USD-$200USD. I've heard in many European and Asian country's its oten the equivalent of thousands of dollars US.
Most states have a safety inspection law, yearly about $60USD, plus repairs that may be needed to pass that safety inspection (which is really just maintenance and repair of the vehicle, safety inspections just force irresponsible or ignorant drivers to do the maintenance and repair that is needed on their vehicles instead of blowing it off).
Sufficive to say, typically the U.S. auto market is freier and more open than most European and Asian markets. The cost of ownership due to government imposed mandates, fees and taxes is usually much lower and less total, our fuel industry is run much better resulting lower fuel prices, although insurance can vary greatly within different states and areas due to impact of those industry.
But don't get the wrong impression, the U.S. has lots of government intervention into the Industry, its own inconsistent energy policies and tax schemes designed at auto owners. Just a little less than other countries.
And that is the major tumult in the U.S. Auto Industry, every decade or couple of decades, the intervention into the market place, the poor energy policy, etc results in it coming back and biting us in the butt. Gas prices spike, cost of ownership spikes for what ever reason. The result is, consumer demand changes overnight and the Domestic Auto Industry is unable to respond fast enough, while importers have the vehicle designs in demand from their own domestic markets that are worse off than the U.S. market. Thus U.S. Domestic Auto makers loose ground to Imports once again.
That is why Chrysler/Jeep was owned by Germans 20 years ago, and today they are owned by Italians.
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Last edited by Mongo; 10-14-2014 at 08:56 AM.