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Buying a New Car in Delaware

Benjamin Hunting
by Benjamin Hunting
September 4, 2009

Buying a new car in Delaware can be remarkably stress free if you are able to prepare beforehand. Knowing what fees you have to pay and what type of registration and titling procedures you will have to go through can take a lot of the strain out of the big day when you plunk your money down and drive home in a brand new car or truck. If you can also put together a list of which cities offer you the best choices in terms of dealership selection, then you can have the additional peace of mind that comes with a good number of options for setting up test drives and comparing one brand against another. This article helps you on both counts, describing the paperwork required when buying new in Delaware and telling you what areas are your best shopping bets for when you get a hankering for a new vehicle.

Delaware is certainly not a large state, but it does have its regions where car dealerships tend to cluster. The capital, Dover, and its largest city Wilmington are two excellent stops when planning an afternoon of car or truck comparisons. New Castle, located south of Wilmington is not a bad second choice for those who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities.

New car dealerships in Delaware will save you a trip to the DMV and process all the paperwork associated with your new purchase for you. You will still be responsible for paying the fees, however, which will be incorporated into the final price of the vehicle in question. It costs only $40.00 for a year's registration in Delaware, but you can extend this to two years for double the price if you so choose. A 3.75 percent Document Fee is applied based on the cost of the vehicle itself, along with a $25.00 title fee on all brand new cars and trucks. If you are transferring plates from your previous vehicle, you will have to pony up an additional $10.00 in fees. The dealer might also charge you $10.00 for temporary tags, which are good for 60 days and which you can use until you receive your state plate in the mail.

The state's Document Fee might seem high, but the silver lining is that Delaware has no traditional sales tax on top of that amount.


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