About two years
ago, I stopped renewing the registration for several of my
bikes (I have five). Basically, all the ones that arent antiques
(which have one-time-fee permanent tags in my state).
I just got sick of sending in $50 per bike per year. On top
of everything else. On top of the taxes I paid when I bought each
bike. The taxes I paid to title each bike. The taxes I pay each
year to maintain the fiction that I own the bike (you know, property
taxes). And then the taxes I pay each time I ride the bike (gas
lot of taxes. Paid with whats leftover after federal,
state and local taxes plus FICA (double for me, because Im
I figure Ive
more than paid my fair share already. So I decided to
give myself a tax cut. I just round-filed the annual dunning letters
sent my way and motored on.
This has saved
me a decent pile of money: $300 or so that would have otherwise
gone into the maw of Clover Central to pay for useless eaters and
other such things as opposed to (for example) a new set of tires
out much better than the advice given by the DMV in the letter they
sent me that I could Save $$$ Renew b y Internet
or for Multiple Years. I find I save much more money by not
renewing at all!
the thing: Failing to renew vehicle registration is a minor offense
(I choke having to use Clovers terminology). If, in the unlikely
event, you do get caught, plead forgetfulness and the worst that
theyll do is issue a ticket for expired tags. No worries about
thug scrums and Tazerings or even impoundment of your vehicle.
After all, you do have tags and are registered.
Its merely that your tags/registration are expired.
never be caught because on a bike, the tags are small
much smaller than a cars license plates and
so much less visible. The little stickers they give you each year
to indicate youve paid your tributum are even smaller
and that much less visible. License plate frames have been
know to further help in that regard. Unless a road tax collector
(cop) is directly behind you easy enough to avoid
it is extremely unlikely one will ever notice your tags are two
or three or ten years out of date. Just keep your
eyes open, and if you do see (or smell) a cop, maneuver so
as to avoid the cops direct line of sight. Park if
you have to in such a way that any passing porker wont
be able to easily see your plate.
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