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Does Tesla not handle registration/taxes for Texas customers

Kobicue

Member
Jan 7, 2020
196
59
Houston
I know buying a Tesla in Texas is a weird process compared to other but I thought Tesla now handles registration/taxes and rolls it into the total invoice? I have a model Y order and was called by inside sales and explained I'll have to do it myself once I get the car/vin
 

DriverOne

Supporting Member
Aug 20, 2012
863
515
Austin, TX
When I bought in 2013 I had to visit the tax office to pay tax & get my plates. For my 2017 purchase I needed none of that - Tesla handled it all. The plates arrived in the mail some weeks later.
 

Kobicue

Member
Jan 7, 2020
196
59
Houston
When I bought in 2013 I had to visit the tax office to pay tax & get my plates. For my 2017 purchase I needed none of that - Tesla handled it all. The plates arrived in the mail some weeks later.
this is what im confused about. When i spoke to my delivery specialist she made it sound like that tesla never handled registration/taxes for texas residents when ive read many people say the opposite.
 

jerry33

(S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20
Mar 8, 2012
19,736
22,832
Texas
this is what im confused about. When i spoke to my delivery specialist she made it sound like that tesla never handled registration/taxes for texas residents when ive read many people say the opposite.
When Tesla was handling the registrations, it sounded as if there was only one person in each county handling Tesla registrations so customers had to wait weeks (from reading posts, not first hand experience). It takes less than half an hour at the county tax office to register and pay sales tax--unless you're unfortunate enough to go on a busy day, and not counting driving time. So it appears they went back to the old way.

I'd guess that your delivery specialist is new and didn't know all the history.
 

kkillebrew

Banned
Jun 23, 2019
401
124
austin, tx
I took delivery of my MS 6/6/2019 and all fees were prepaid along with the car and TT&L before delivery. They brought it to my house with temporary tags and I received the plates about 30 days later.
 

turns2stone

Member
Dec 19, 2019
145
109
Dallas
I took delivery in Dec ‘19, and Tesla handled everything for me. I paid my sales tax as part of paying for my car. Tesla mailed the plates and registration sticker to me directly. Which is easier than having to drive back up to a dealer to pick them up.
 

wraithevo

Member
Feb 22, 2020
7
7
Rockwall, Texas
I just finalized my Model 3 purchase, I financed through Tesla and haven't taken delivery yet. What I did was went to my local tax office and asked the what the taxes would be on my purchase and the credit union is cutting a separate check to the county tax assessor which they are sending to me so I can take care of the TT&L part of my purchase.
 
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Mar 5, 2020
16
5
Plano
I am waiting for my LR+3 delivery on 3/11/2020 in Plano, TX. My DA clearly told that Tesla used to handle sales tax and registration till 12/31/2019 and starting 1st Jan it is stopped. They will send papers within 30-45 days after delivery, which we need to take to Tax office and get plates ourselves.
 

wreighven

Member
Dec 26, 2019
180
155
Frisco, TX
I am waiting for my LR+3 delivery on 3/11/2020 in Plano, TX. My DA clearly told that Tesla used to handle sales tax and registration till 12/31/2019 and starting 1st Jan it is stopped. They will send papers within 30-45 days after delivery, which we need to take to Tax office and get plates ourselves.

I was told the same thing when I picked up my X on Thursday...
 

Kobicue

Member
Jan 7, 2020
196
59
Houston
Ok well it's obvious Tesla changed its policy in the new year. Wish my delivery specialist could have said that lol. Thanks this clears things up.
 

elnimo

Member
Mar 7, 2020
59
15
Houston, Texas
Well I screwed up entering the financial info then for my Y order. I put down the total plus tax as the amount I’m funding, thinking that they would put in the tax later. Whoops.
 

drdumont

Member
Nov 22, 2019
283
296
North Texas
Picked up my new Model 3 in Dallas on 26 February, 2020. Got three temp tags good for 30 days each (consecutive). 10 days later I got the manuf. cert., some paperwork and a cover letter telling me to register the car at my local tax office. So I went there, paid sales tax and am waiting for tags.
That's Dallas County.
 
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Mar 5, 2020
16
5
Plano
Picked up my new Model 3 in Dallas on 26 February, 2020. Got three temp tags good for 30 days each (consecutive). 10 days later I got the manuf. cert., some paperwork and a cover letter telling me to register the car at my local tax office. So I went there, paid sales tax and am waiting for tags.
That's Dallas County.

Thanks drdumont, I can estimate when my paperwork will come :)
 
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