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Buying a New Car in Maryland

Benjamin Hunting
by Benjamin Hunting
September 21, 2009

When you are buying a new car in Maryland, you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have made the right choice when you're selecting your vehicle. You also want the feeling that you haven't skipped any of the steps that the state government needs you to take before you can park that car or truck in your driveway fully plated and ready for the road. This article is meant to guide you to the best towns and cities in Maryland for finding a wide range of different auto dealerships and brands, thus helping you test out all your options before committing to buy. It also charts out the pathway towards filling in all the paperwork and paying all the necessary fees that are associated with registering and titling a car in the state.

Maryland is surrounded by a number of other states and as a result many people choose to buy their new vehicles in Virginia or Delaware instead of locally. Despite this, Maryland does offer some great choices for those interested in staying at home when buying a car or truck. Baltimore of course leads the list as the state's largest city, but Rockville, Owings Mills and Silver Spring (which rests right at the edge of Washington D.C.) also offer impressive gatherings of a variety of different automotive brands and their associated car lots.

New car dealers in Maryland are only too happy to take a large part of the paperwork burden off of your shoulders, showing you where and what to sign, as well as filing the necessary documents with state officials. They will also help you process some of the fees that must be collected. Registration in Maryland is purchased two years at a time, and is related to the class and weight of the vehicle in question. Generally speaking, all cars, pickups and sport-utility vehicles weighing up to 3,700 lbs cost $128.00 to register for two years, while those above that weight cost $180.00. Three-quarter ton trucks that weigh 7,000 lbs or less cost $154.50, while those weighing up to 10,000 lbs gross vehicle weight will set you back $207.00. A $50.00 title fee is also levied on all new vehicle purchases.

In addition to the above charges, all new car or truck transactions in Maryland are subject to a 6 percent excise tax, based on the vehicle's value.


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