Car Sales Tax by State

The United States is one of the largest vehicle markets in the world. The U.S. has also historically had a long relationship with the automobile with many cities being designed around roads and the use of cars. Also, the U.S. is home to the “Big Three” in vehicle manufacturing: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Chrysler. 

There are many costs associated with motor ownership, and when purchasing a vehicle one must take into account the tax on its sale. Each state has its own sales tax on a vehicle, resulting in often unexpected higher costs than the listed selling prices and turning into a nasty surprise for many buyers. For instance, if you purchase a car for US$10,000 in a state where the sales tax is 10%, you would have to pay an additional US$1,000 on top of other costs such as car insurance or DMV registration fees. Therefore, it is important to learn in which states it is easier and/or cheaper to buy a car beforehand. 

Many states have websites that list additional costs such as registration fees and insurance costs, but if you want to know more about car sales taxes by state, you can refer to the data in the charts.

Car Sales Tax by State

Alabama - Car Sales Tax

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2%

#7 in the US

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$485

#12 in the US

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$23

#9 in the US

Alaska - Car Sales Tax

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0%

#1 in the US

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$200

#38 in the US

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$100

#43 in the US

Arizona - Car Sales Tax

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5.6%

#19 in the US

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$410

#16 in the US

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$9.5

#2 in the US

Arkansas - Car Sales Tax

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6.5%

#28 in the US

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$110

#49 in the US

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$17

#5 in the US

California - Car Sales Tax

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7.2%

#46 in the US

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$85

#50 in the US

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$46

#33 in the US

Colorado - Car Sales Tax

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2.9%

#8 in the US

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$490

#11 in the US

Connecticut - Car Sales Tax

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6.3%

#29 in the US

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$415

#15 in the US

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$80

#41 in the US

Delaware - Car Sales Tax

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0%

#2 in the US

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$292

#32 in the US

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$40

#27 in the US

Florida - Car Sales Tax

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6%

#30 in the US

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$995

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$225

#47 in the US

Georgia - Car Sales Tax

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6.6%

#31 in the US

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$545

#4 in the US

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$20

#6 in the US

Hawaii - Car Sales Tax

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4%

#11 in the US

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$250

#34 in the US

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$45

#32 in the US

Idaho - Car Sales Tax

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6%

#32 in the US

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$265

#33 in the US

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$69

#37 in the US

Illinois - Car Sales Tax

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6.2%

#33 in the US

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$303

#24 in the US

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$101

#44 in the US

Indiana - Car Sales Tax

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7%

#47 in the US

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$150

#43 in the US

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$36.35

#23 in the US

Iowa - Car Sales Tax

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5%

#20 in the US

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$135

#46 in the US

Kansas - Car Sales Tax

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7.5%

#48 in the US

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$399

#17 in the US

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$30

#13 in the US

Kentucky - Car Sales Tax

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6%

#34 in the US

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$450

#13 in the US

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$21

#7 in the US

Louisiana - Car Sales Tax

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4.4%

#12 in the US

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$200

#39 in the US

Maine - Car Sales Tax

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5.5%

#21 in the US

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$499

#9 in the US

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$35

#22 in the US

Maryland - Car Sales Tax

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6%

#35 in the US

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$500

#5 in the US

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$135

#45 in the US

Massachusetts - Car Sales Tax

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6.2%

#36 in the US

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$396

#19 in the US

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$60

#36 in the US

Michigan - Car Sales Tax

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6%

#37 in the US

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$230

#36 in the US

Minnesota - Car Sales Tax

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6.5%

#38 in the US

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$75

#51 in the US

Mississippi - Car Sales Tax

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5%

#22 in the US

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$425

#14 in the US

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$15

#3 in the US

Missouri - Car Sales Tax

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4.2%

#13 in the US

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$500

#6 in the US

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$21

#8 in the US

Montana - Car Sales Tax

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0%

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$299

#26 in the US

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$217

#46 in the US

Nebraska - Car Sales Tax

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5.5%

#23 in the US

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$299

#27 in the US

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$15

#4 in the US

Nevada - Car Sales Tax

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6.9%

#39 in the US

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$499

#10 in the US

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$33

#19 in the US

New Hampshire - Car Sales Tax

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0%

#4 in the US

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$372

#21 in the US

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$31.2

#18 in the US

New Jersey - Car Sales Tax

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6.6%

#40 in the US

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$399

#18 in the US

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$33.5

#20 in the US

New Mexico - Car Sales Tax

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4%

#14 in the US

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$339

#23 in the US

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$27

#12 in the US

New York - Car Sales Tax

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4%

#15 in the US

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$175

#41 in the US

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$26

#11 in the US

North Carolina - Car Sales Tax

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3%

#9 in the US

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$599

#2 in the US

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$36

#24 in the US

North Dakota - Car Sales Tax

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5%

#24 in the US

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$299

#28 in the US

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$49

#34 in the US

Ohio - Car Sales Tax

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5.8%

#25 in the US

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$250

#35 in the US

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$34.5

#21 in the US

Oklahoma - Car Sales Tax

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3.2%

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$299

#29 in the US

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$85

#42 in the US

Oregon - Car Sales Tax

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0%

#5 in the US

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$115

#47 in the US

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$43

#30 in the US

Pennsylvania - Car Sales Tax

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6%

#41 in the US

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$389

#20 in the US

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$36

#25 in the US

Rhode Island - Car Sales Tax

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7%

#49 in the US

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$220

#37 in the US

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$30

#14 in the US

South Carolina - Car Sales Tax

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5%

#26 in the US

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$350

#22 in the US

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$40

#28 in the US

South Dakota - Car Sales Tax

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4%

#16 in the US

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$115

#48 in the US

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$36

#26 in the US

Tennessee - Car Sales Tax

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7%

#50 in the US

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$500

#7 in the US

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$23.75

#10 in the US

Texas - Car Sales Tax

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6.2%

#42 in the US

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$150

#44 in the US

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$50.75

#35 in the US

Utah - Car Sales Tax

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7%

#51 in the US

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$299

#30 in the US

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$43

#31 in the US

Vermont - Car Sales Tax

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6%

#43 in the US

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$180

#40 in the US

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$76

#40 in the US

Virginia - Car Sales Tax

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4.2%

#17 in the US

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$599

#3 in the US

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$40.75

#29 in the US

Washington - Car Sales Tax

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6.8%

#44 in the US

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$150

#45 in the US

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$30

#15 in the US

West Virginia - Car Sales Tax

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6%

#45 in the US

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$175

#42 in the US

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$30

#16 in the US

Wisconsin - Car Sales Tax

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5%

#27 in the US

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$299

#31 in the US

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$75

#39 in the US

Wyoming - Car Sales Tax

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4%

#18 in the US

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$500

#8 in the US

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$30

#17 in the US

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0%

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$0

#1 in the US