Seriously, I'm looking at all the registration stuff that I'm going to have to do when I move, and I'm just in shock that you Marylanders actually put up, and / or voted for this crap?
I mean, seriously? Here in Florida, we don't have any emissions testing, there is no property tax on cars that you own, there's no excise tax for when you buy a new car (just normal sales tax), there's a nominal registration fee, and you can pay ahead on your registration for up to 2 years. We also only require 1 license plate (in the back). If you want to, you can even cut the roof off your car and drive around, and no one will pull you over as long as you have working taillights and headlights.
In Maryland, it looks to me like I have to get an annual inspection, as well as multiple 90-day vehicle inspections for the first year. If I was to buy a brand new car in MD, it looks like not only will I pay the 6% interest, but that I'd also pay an additional 6% excise one-time tax. So if I bought a $100,000 car, I'd end up having to pay $12,000 in taxes just for the right to buy the car?
There's all kinds of other crazy stuff...
And what drives me the most nuts... is that I'm going to have to pay some f**king schmuck at a gas station $50 dollars to tell me that my car is safe, when in actuality, I could run laps around this guy in terms of mechanical skill.
Damn, what am I getting myself into. I think every person should be forced to live in a Communist state like Maryland, just to get a taste for what kind of crap happens when you let taxes and "fair share" arguments go too far. What's ridiculous is that all of this mentality here is probably to help the poor... when in reality, laws like this actually hurt the poor significantly. If I was just a kid trying to make it on my own, at 18, 19... and probably had a beater car... how in the world could I be expected to pass emissions testing, or pay these ridiculous fees?