Car taxes: State officials forgot to mention one small thing

Columnist David Lazarus answers your consumer questions in this one-minute video.

Ron took issue with my recent video on car taxes.

I quoted a state Board of Equalization official as saying that your sales tax is determined by whatever price you can haggle the car down to, not what it says on the sticker.


Ron noted that he paid $15,400 for a car, but was taxed on the sticker price of $18,150.

In fact, a number of people conveyed similar stories.

Jeepers! Did the Board of Equalization mislead me?

I got in touch with them again, and guess what? They forgot to mention one small thing.

To find out what that is, check out today's Ask Laz video.

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