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What exactly is the point of renewing vehicle registration?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by raftman, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Have had to do it plenty of times and it does seem to cost a pretty penny for what amounts to a pair of stickers. Wonder what the percent of mark-up must be.

    It's gotta happen every two years and in all honesty, I have no idea as to what the purpose or utility of having to renew vehicle registration is. If the only thing that's changed from the time I bought the car is the mileage, why does it cost me nearly $90 to document that? One can make a case as to why a car may need to be registered in the first place, for stuff like insurance purposes or a recognized way to prove ownership in case of theft. But once the car is yours, why do you need to keep reasserting that, and for that kind of money?

    Am I missing something here is there just a lot of idiotic circular logic going on? Does everyone need to keep paying these renewal fees to provide the DMV with $, so that way the DMV can pay for the people that handle the renewal process? Or is there really some purpose/utility to the whole thing?
     
  2. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    :funnypoint: :lolbeat:
     
  3. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Welcome to the government... :D
     
  4. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    You get to renew every two years...up here, it is every damn year. Oh, and I agree entirely. It is just a way to suck more money out of us.
     
  5. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    ...revenue...

    Keith
     
  6. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget the stupid emissions testing. I have an oil drinking F-350 that seems to make it through every two years. Honestly, it's a waste of money but in the end it's all the same thing - taxes to feed the ever hungry government.
     
  7. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Think of it as the rent your vehicle pays to use the public roads and pollute the public air. Recently, it also became a way to force people to maintain their vehicle liability insurance. A side benefit is that it eventually helps find stolen vehicles---you can't renew without a title!

    In my old neighborhood most people have bomb-proof license plate holders---to repel the thieves who just use metal shears to cut off the renewal stickers from other people's plates!........................elsullo :(
     
  8. ejmpnu92

    ejmpnu92 Hillsboro, Or Active Member

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    If you go south, renewal is every year. At least up here it actually looks like the money is actually being used for what it is supposed to be used for.
     
  9. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    What do you think helps pay for the roads?
     
  10. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    What damage do I incur by polluting the air that the DMV can do anything about with my money? Does the DMV clean the air after all those drivers get to all dirty? :D

    The approximate $1400 that they take from my salary each and every month?
     
  11. svxr8dr

    svxr8dr Vancouver, WA OathKeeper #004404

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    One of the highest gas taxes per gallon in the nation?
     
  12. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    You need to quit using logic when considering government policies, your reasoning is sound, and your questions make a lot of sense.......Hence their total inapplicability to anything governmental.
     
  13. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    Depends where ya are: Washington is 6th in the nation, but Oregon far below that at 26th.

    You want good roads for free? Ain't gonna happen.
     
  14. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    YIKES! If I made as much money as you, I'd burn mine.
     
  15. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You actually don't have to make that much money to get taxed that much. It's actually well below the median income for the city I live in.
     
  16. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It's just free money for the Government. It means nothing and provides no benefit to anyone EXCEPT the Government.

    It's just like being required to "license" your dog. It's rediculous, and wrong, and serves no purpose.
     
  17. Barefoot343

    Barefoot343 liberalville Active Member

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    gas tax
     
  18. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    I was just thinking about how Oregon screws me on registration the other day. I have 5 vehicles, 5 atvs, and 4 trailers. The crappy thing is the trailers are $220.00 every 2 years! When I asked the DMV counterperson years ago on why so much, all he said was "if you can afford trailers that big then you can afford to register them".
     
  19. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    .... and with the cost of vehicle ownership maybe we should consider that along with our $1.69 bottle of water that we drink every day. (I personally do not get those I'm fond of tea but the same idea!!!)... instead of complaining about these costs that are there... eliminate the fat that you have in your life that will more than offset the registration costs...

    <off soap box>
     
  20. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    You have enough money to own all that stuff, yet you whine about spending less than 50 cents a day?