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Old 08-27-2016, 10:53 AM   #31
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You gotta be kidding me- in Texas to register a new import trailer you have to go to 3 separate offices? Then get a safety inspection every year for a 21 (and probably 5.0TA)? If true that's nuts! Thought CA was the big nanny state with inefficient, bloated bureaucracy.
It's out of hand Ross. For all the bloviating by our politicians about how "free" Texas is with no state income tax and the like, they love to tack on all sorts of small taxes and rules and regulations.

I was not surprised in a recent survey about tax burden that Texas didn't rank in the lower tier, but in the middle of the pack. Want a low regulatory and tax burden? Wyoming.

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Old 08-27-2016, 11:26 AM   #32
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I am sure it has been mentioned, but in Alberta trailer plates are continuous, which means that you only pay to register that trailer and plate once. You do not renew them like a motor vehicle. In order to register a trailer, you will be asked to provide a bill of sale. Alberta Registries do not need to see insurance to register the trailer. In fact, we have decided not to insure our temporary trailer.

Easy peasy, thankfully.
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Old 08-27-2016, 12:04 PM   #33
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In fact, we have decided not to insure our temporary trailer.

Easy peasy, thankfully.
Jim, what a risktaker you are
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Old 08-27-2016, 12:12 PM   #34
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Jim, what a risktaker you are
It is a gamble. Save $300 against the worse case scenario of losing $5,500 on a trailer we are selling soon.

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Old 08-27-2016, 12:18 PM   #35
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It is a gamble. Save $300 against the worse case scenario of losing $5,500 on a trailer we are selling soon.

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Saves you a trip out west on highway 1. No need for a casino to gamble
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Old 08-27-2016, 01:28 PM   #36
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In fact, we have decided not to insure our temporary trailer.
Not possible here though. Tags require proof of insurance.
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Old 08-27-2016, 01:29 PM   #37
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Saves you a trip out west on highway 1. No need for a casino to gamble
With WAY better odds of winning too.

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Old 08-27-2016, 01:32 PM   #38
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Not possible here though. Tags require proof of insurance.
They do require it on all driven vehicles here, as that is where the issues with liability lay.

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Old 08-27-2016, 03:08 PM   #39
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To clarify the insurance situation here in Alberta... registration of a motor vehicle requires proof of liability insurance, but a trailer is covered by the liability insurance of the vehicle which is towing it, so no separate insurance is required for a trailer, and none needs to be shown to register and license a trailer.

Although most people carry collision and comprehensive (fire, theft, etc) insurance for their newer trailers, Jim and I don't have this on our old trailers. Despite not being insured other than for liability associated with the tow vehicle, our insurance company still had us list it on our policy... with no associated cost.

This is the Alberta situation; it varies by province because both vehicle registration and insurance are provincially regulated.
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To clarify the insurance situation here in Alberta... registration of a motor vehicle requires proof of liability insurance, but a trailer is covered by the liability insurance of the vehicle which is towing it, so no separate insurance is required for a trailer, and none needs to be shown to register and license a trailer.

Although most people carry collision and comprehensive (fire, theft, etc) insurance for their newer trailers, Jim and I don't have this on our old trailers. Despite not being insured other than for liability associated with the tow vehicle, our insurance company still had us list it on our policy... with no associated cost.

This is the Alberta situation; it varies by province because both vehicle registration and insurance are provincially regulated.
I like that arrangement much better than ours. Here, a trailer (which isn't a motor vehicle mind you) needs to be registered and insured similarly to a car or truck, and I don't know of an auto insurance policy that covers the trailer too. Some allow you to add or bundle the trailer insurance. While the Alberta rules make much more sense than ours, what would our Insurance companies and tax offices do without the additional revenue?.
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