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Old 07-02-2016, 12:48 PM   #1
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Question selling used Casita; recoup any initial sales taxes and registration fees?

Hi all

Yes I have already posted this question on the two Casita forums, but there are MANY smart people here, so i thought I'd also ask the question here.

We will soon be selling our 2011 --- 17’ Casita Spirit Deluxe. Like new condition! Very low mileage.

I have never sold a used travel trailer, so I’m curious about what is customary:

When selling a used travel trailer, could the seller ever hope to recoup any of the initial *registration* fees?

and

When selling a used travel trailer, could the seller ever hope to recoup any of the initial State sales TAX fees?

and yes, I’m aware… I bet the new owner will need to pay sales tax on the used purchase price when they register it (?)

Thanks for any guidance…. I’m just about to put it on the market, for pickup in Los Angeles, CA.
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Old 07-02-2016, 01:08 PM   #2
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When I sold my 16 ft used Scamp ( I was the 2nd owner) I got what I paid for it originally and about 50 % of the upgrade costs. The new owner had to pay sales tax , registration & license fees on the purchase . I doubt I could have gotten him to pay for my sales tax and registration fees along with paying his own.
When you sell or trade in a vehicle , they don't give you credit for sales tax and registration / license so why would a trailer be any different ?
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Old 07-02-2016, 01:24 PM   #3
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Resale price

I guess you could try. You might even find an interested party that would offer to pay you an extra thousand above your asking price. I suggest you ask yourself if you would want to pay the seller what he/she originally paid in sales tax and liscence and registration fees and then pay the same costs again to the government . I guess it's worth a try. Maybe in LA it will work.
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Old 07-02-2016, 01:36 PM   #4
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Some states will allow you to recoup your sales taxes if you trade in your unit on another one which costs more. Then you are only charged sales taxes on the difference, other states do not do this. Also the additional sales tax may be deductible on your Federal, consult with your local IRS or accountant. Registration fees are not refundable anywhere that I know of nor deductible.
Interesting enough there is an excise tax on your Escapee if you do not register it with your local DMV and is is the same amount as the local sales tax, so the states do follow up on that.
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Old 07-02-2016, 01:56 PM   #5
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Guess I just don't understand the question. You want to know if the state will reimburse you for reg and or sales tax on the trailer you've have for 5 years? Kind of like a pro rated sales tax? Never heard of such.

Best we can do here is you get reimbursed part of your local property tax for the year, based on the date you sell the trailer. It's up to you to inform the tax collectors office.

I'd listen to Jim (cpaharley).
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Old 07-02-2016, 02:45 PM   #6
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To clarify

By recoup

I mean - get back - as part of the price I am able to sell it for.

So just built into what the buyer pays me.

Not as a separate fee. Not a separate line item.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recoup

So not reimbursed from the government. Just recoup.
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Old 07-02-2016, 02:57 PM   #7
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You can ask what you like, including fees and improvements you paid and made and the buyer will try and subtract depreciation and wear and tear and age resulting in the actual selling price being somewhere in between the two set points.
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Old 07-02-2016, 03:04 PM   #8
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The price is just the price - as you say, it's not itemized. That price depends on what people are willing to pay for it, regardless of what it cost to buy, and whether that cost is purchase price, taxes and other fees, upgrades, or any other way you've found to spend money.

Although people often mention the original price of a trailer when selling it, that really only helps to describe how well-equipped it is.. although they may be trying to justify their selling price. If someone paid too much for trailer when new, that doesn't make it worth more later; conversely, if someone else gets a killer deal on a new trailer, that doesn't make it worth less later.
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When I am buying a used trailer I look at the original selling price (not including any taxes etc the buyer may have paid) plus if there are any really desirable mods then would be looking for a discount for age, condition, fact it is not new etc.
I have to pay 12% tax so not really interested what the original owner might have paid extra, thats why I am buying used
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Old 07-02-2016, 03:32 PM   #10
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all good points.

my wife reminded me that to get a Casita to California has considerable cost, either delivery or pick up..... and Casitas in "like new" shape on the west coast are fairly rare, so that helps us.
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