Use Tax for a new car purchase in Illinois
August 19, 2009 12:44 PM Subscribe
Should the dealer have dealt with "Use Tax" when I bought my new car in the same state I live?
posted by cmm to Law & Government (8 answers total)
I live in Springfield IL. I purchased a car in O'Fallon IL, about 2 hours away in early July. The car was new.
I just got back from vacation to a tax bill for "Use Tax" for my new car. This surprised me. I figured the dealer would have dealt with this as part of the new car transaction/registration process. The amount is not insignificant.
Previously I purchased a new car also in O'Fallon IL in 1996 and I do not recall dealing with this. At the time I lived in Worden IL, though I was attending college in Indiana at the time. The car had an Illinois title, though. I also purchased a new car in Indiana in 2003 when I lived in Indianapolis and don't remember any of this either.
Am I just an under-informed car buyer? Do I just suck it up and pay this tax? Should I put in a complaint with the dealer that they didn't deal with this or anything?