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#980221 - 02/15/17 12:43 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Ghost60]  
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Originally Posted By: Ghost60
Is a new bike really a good idea?
Putting the trip on hold to deal with break in schedules would suck. Buy used and let someone else deal with the devaluation.


You are probably right - I have discovered that the advertised prices are much lower than the ride away price by a $1000 on a $6600 advertised bike - so I may think again!

I thought sales tax was only 6.25% in Texas so I guess there are considerable extras! Are pre-owned bikes taxed as well or just new ones?

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#980227 - 02/15/17 01:41 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Everything has a sales tax. Same used or new.

#980233 - 02/15/17 02:54 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Ghost60]  
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Originally Posted By: Ghost60
Everything has a sales tax. Same used or new.
From dealers, yes. I don't know about Texas, but Arizona has no tax on private party sales of vehicles.


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#980243 - 02/15/17 12:35 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: chrisolson]  
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Originally Posted By: chrisolson
Originally Posted By: Ghost60
Everything has a sales tax. Same used or new.
From dealers, yes. I don't know about Texas, but Arizona has no tax on private party sales of vehicles.


The Texas 6.25% motor vehicle tax is collected by dealers as a convenience. They "conveniently" charge $150 document fees for handling this, but that is another story. You can buy a motor vehicle and not pay this tax. But, you cannot get a new title or registration without paying it, dealer purchase or private purchase, at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

#980246 - 02/15/17 12:42 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Originally Posted By: farmerboy
Originally Posted By: Ghost60
Is a new bike really a good idea?
Putting the trip on hold to deal with break in schedules would suck. Buy used and let someone else deal with the devaluation.


You are probably right - I have discovered that the advertised prices are much lower than the ride away price by a $1000 on a $6600 advertised bike - so I may think again!

I thought sales tax was only 6.25% in Texas so I guess there are considerable extras! Are pre-owned bikes taxed as well or just new ones?


I wrote earlier that there will be 6.25% tax and around $200-$250 in title, document, license fees. Any more is simply dealer add on ( goes to profit ).

It is my experience that almost without exception the really cheap prices shown on Cycle Trader and other advertising sites are simply bait to get you to call or come in. I have personally had them add over $1000 for dealer prep/destination fees on top of advertised price. So, buyer beware......

In Texas, if you pay $6000 for the bike, the total amount should be no more than $6,625 with all fees, taxes, license, etc.

#980278 - 02/16/17 08:56 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Thanks everyone, the dealer has sent me a breakdown and the only "profit" item on it was dealer prep / rigging fee of $350. The rest was tax and registration. He said it was to cover putting the bike together, admin, battery acid, oil, fuel etc and after a bit of a chat he has agreed to reduce it by $100 or deliver it for free. The bike is already discounted by $2100 so I was encouraged to buy - so I did! Hope I have done the right thing and the bike is suitable? It seems to be quite a popular model and is well reviewed but it is too late now - the deed is done...

I am flying over to Houston on the 1st March for 2 weeks and I will need to put some miles on it (pre 1st service)so if anyone is going out for a ride I would appreciate some company:). I shall find a pic or two...


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#980285 - 02/16/17 12:58 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Good looking bike! Be sure to post when you get across the Pond.

#980308 - 02/16/17 04:39 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: realshelby]  
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Originally Posted By: realshelby
Good looking bike! Be sure to post when you get across the Pond.


Certainly will!

If all goes well I shall be picking it up from the dealer (a place called Lufkin?) on the 2nd March. Not sure how I shall get there but no doubt there is a bus.


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#980335 - 02/17/17 01:41 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Just a note regarding insurance if anyone else from the UK is reading this and needs cover with a UK license.

Progressive (https://www.progressive.com/)have no problems with a UK license - the online quote has an option for a foreign license and simply loads the premium when you get to the payment page. Ended up at $410 comprehensive cover with breakdown assist - so three times what I pay in the UK but pleased it is done anyway!

I did take the trouble to contact them to confirm that all is ok and they were fine about it. Good old America. smile


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#980356 - 02/17/17 01:14 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Check if it covers the portion you'll ride in Canada.
No experience to suggest it doesn't, but way back in the day...
I had to document a rental vehicle (know yours is not) with special insurance paperwork.
Just curious if anyone has had an issue w/coverage on that part of the trip?


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