Author Topic: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents  (Read 5463 times)

Trudie

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We're considering a relocation to the Denver area -- probably Jefferson county.  About how much do you pay for vehicle registration fees per year?  I know there's a complex formula, but I'd just like to get a ballpark on what people pay.  (list the make, model and year of your car)

The reason I ask is that some states that have reasonably low taxes (like Colorado) can sometimes gouge you with fees.

Thanks.

Kevin S.

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2015, 01:36:53 PM »
I live in thornton, north of Denver by about 15 min - I pay $ 550 a year for registration - 2015 Honda fit. It's a bit higher than most places that Colorado is surrounded by. A co-worker just paid $ 1200 for his 2014 bmw m3! Crazy!

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2015, 02:21:32 PM »
As a point of comparison, we live in Iowa now and pay $130 to register a 2007 Honda Fit and $250 to register a 2009 Hyundai Sonata.

I know these are late model cars... but I'm sure we'd be surprised in Colorado.

This isn't a deal-breaker, just a cost I'm trying to estimate.  Your property taxes are less than half what we currently pay.  And state income taxes are lower in Colorado as well.  In the big scheme, we'd come out way ahead.

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2015, 03:10:05 PM »
I lI've in arapahoe county and just paid $400 to license our 2013 toyota tacoma.

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2015, 03:13:53 PM »
As a point of comparison, we live in Iowa now and pay $130 to register a 2007 Honda Fit and $250 to register a 2009 Hyundai Sonata.

I know these are late model cars... but I'm sure we'd be surprised in Colorado.

This isn't a deal-breaker, just a cost I'm trying to estimate.  Your property taxes are less than half what we currently pay.  And state income taxes are lower in Colorado as well.  In the big scheme, we'd come out way ahead.


Yes from what I've heard our property tax is less here (substantially less than some other states - California is outrageous!). It's expensive to register a car but we don't have a lot of other crap like the state inspection to pass - that can be expensive from I have heard. A lot of the east coast still has this. Here you get emissions on your car, register and insure and light up a big fat dooby (lol I don't smoke weed fyi)

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2015, 03:27:05 PM »
$175 for a ~2011 Forester (it's a PZEV, which might make it cheaper, not sure), $70 for a 2001 Impreza.

BTW, Subaru is pretty much the official car manufacturer for the state. You'll have to buy a couple if you want to stay. ;)

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2015, 03:35:38 PM »
Trudie the big difference between CO and IA is Iowa has higher taxes (income) and possibly higher property (at least DSM vs longmont) whereas CO has lower taxes but higher user fees. I live in boulder county my 2005 Ford Focus cost $77 to register and $25 for emissions.

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2015, 04:14:53 PM »
$225 for a 2012 Honda Civic in Boulder County.

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2015, 05:16:56 PM »
$80 for 1998 toyota Camry in unincorporated Arapahoe county
$100 for the same car in greenwood village in Arapahoe county (gv adds city taxes)

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2015, 07:40:26 PM »
About $70 for my 99 Accord in the Denver city limits. I did not have to pay for emissions inspections this year, which would have been more.

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2015, 04:04:59 PM »
Hope you make the leap - Colorado is amazing - spent the morning and early PM yesterday above 11,000 feet - spectacular.
Jefferson County 2009 Kia Sedona $213, 2008 Hyundai Elantra $170(ish - wife is out so I cannot look). -Ap

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Re: Colorado vehicle registration fees - question for Colorado residents
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2015, 09:05:07 PM »
Around $300 last August for a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe in unincorporated Douglas County.