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Re: Lic. Plate

> One of the few silver linings in the thunderclouds of UrQ ownership is
> the annual $13 or so "excise" tax on the privilege of owning (excuse me,
> I should say "registering so I can insure the damn thing") an automobile
> here in the Royal Duchy of Massachusetts. Every time I start coveting a
> new set of wheels, I start choking on the thought of years' worth of
> 4-digit (to the left of the decimal point!) 's of excise taxes . . .

I was *this* close to buying a mint, low-mileage '91 BMW M3 this week -- I
know, I know, heresy and all that... -- but when I realized that licensing
and insuring it would cost me $135/mo. on top of a $396.71 pmt, I couldn't
bring myself to do it.  Throw in a bit of maintenance and repair and it'll
run at least $600/mo., which is just too damn much money to spend on a car
that's still depreciating.  Even factoring in $2200 worth of modifications
and $6-7k worth of depreciation on top of all the repairs and maintenance,
my '87 5k has only cost me a little more than half that per month over the
five years I've had it ... including the gas to drive 18k miles per year!

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    / l       l o l  \       l o l  \  _   _ o  _   _   AudiDudi@delphi.com
   /__l l l / l l l  l l l / l l l /  / l /  l l \ / _  Jeffrey Goggin
  /   l l_l \_l l l__/ l_l \_l l l  \ \_l \_ l l l \_l  Scottsdale, Arizona