HOW MUCH ARE TAX, TITLE AND LICENSE FEES IN TEXAS?

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COST OF TAX, TITLE AND LICENSE FEES ON VEHICLE PURCHASE IN THE LONE STAR STATE

If you’ve been looking at offers on new vehicles and allowed your eye to wander down to the fine print, you may have seen a recurring phrase: “Tax, title and license fees not included.” How much do tax, title and license fees typically cost for a new vehicle in Texas?


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Fees one can expect to pay when buying a car in Texas are as follows:

  • Sales Tax: 6.25% of the total vehicle purchase price
  • Title Transfer Fee: $28 to $33 (varies by county)
  • Tag / License Fee: $51.75 base fee, $10 local fee

Adding the above figures together will get you the total tax, title and license fee expenditure that you can expect on your new ride! Since vehicles are sold at differing purchase prices, the sales tax amount will differ likewise.

HOW MUCH ARE TAX, TITLE AND LICENSE FEES FOR A USED CAR IN TEXAS?

Title and license fees on a used car in Texas will typically cost $90 to $95. Sales tax is the same 6.25% as above. If the car is purchased at a private sale, the vehicle may be taxed on the purchase price or Standard Presumptive Value (SPV) of the car (whichever is higher). The SPV is calculated based on similar sales in the region.