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How Much Tax For A Vermont Title On A Project Car?

In today’s discussion, we aim to address two of the most common questions that frequently arise regarding the Vermont registration and bill of sale process for vehicles. We’ll delve into whether you can utilize this process for vehicles in disrepair or as mere shells, and we’ll decipher the intricacies of tax calculations, exploring ways to potentially reduce your tax burden.

Vermont’s Registration Process: A Quick Overview

Before we dive into the specifics, it’s essential to note that Vermont’s registration process is just one of several methods to obtain a title. While it might seem like a loophole, it may not always be the most optimal solution. Explore all available methods and weigh the pros and cons before settling on the Vermont process.

Vehicle Condition: The Critical Factor

Let’s focus on the first question: Can you use Vermont registration for a vehicle that’s a shell, not roadworthy, or in parts? The key lies in the Vermont form VD119, the official document for this process. The critical clause to pay attention to is where the owner certifies that the vehicle is “properly equipped in good mechanical condition.” If your vehicle is a mere shell, in disrepair, or lacking essential components, it doesn’t meet the condition requirement. Vermont takes your word for it, but any triggers indicating otherwise could complicate your application.

Attempting to register a project car or a vehicle in non-complete condition might lead Vermont DMV to flag it. The process hinges on the vehicle being in good mechanical condition, and if this condition is not met, you might face challenges during inspection or even the rejection of your application.

Navigating Tax Implications: How Much Tax Do You Have to Pay?

Moving on to the second question, determining the tax you owe is a crucial aspect of the Vermont registration process. The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles specifies that the tax is due at the time of registration, based on either the purchase price or the NADA clean trade-in value—whichever is greater.

Key Points on Tax Calculation:

  • Whichever is Greater: The pivotal phrase in tax calculation. If the book value indicates a higher value than what you paid for the vehicle, your tax is based on the book value.
  • NADA Clean Trade-In Value: While NADA (National Automotive Dealers Association) is mentioned, Vermont may allow the use of various books for valuation. Exploring different books can sometimes result in a lower taxable value.

Tax Credits and Adjustments:

  • Claiming a Tax Credit: If you’ve already paid sales tax to another jurisdiction, Vermont allows you to claim a tax credit. If the tax paid elsewhere equals or surpasses the Vermont tax, no additional tax is due.
  • Potential Adjustments: If your assessment of the vehicle’s value differs from NADA and you believe it’s worth less, Vermont allows you to submit a Vermont dealer appraisal form. However, this process is meticulous and may not always be cost-effective.

Final Thoughts and Advice

Navigating Vermont’s registration process involves understanding and adhering to the condition requirement and calculating taxes based on the “whichever is greater” principle. Whether you choose to engage professional assistance or embark on a DIY journey, thoroughly acquaint yourself with the process through instructional videos and stay informed about updates.

At, we’re here to be part of your solution, providing information, advice, and assistance as needed. Remember, proper knowledge and compliance can streamline the process and save you from potential setbacks. Feel free to share your thoughts, questions, or experiences in the comments, and stay tuned for more informative updates.

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