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Major Headache...

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My dealer and the MA Registry of Motorvehicles is killing me...

I "purchased" my stryker on Aug 17th. I couldn't get plates for it due to MA's requirement for proof of insurance. Your insurance company has to stamp a signed copy stating that your vehicle is in fact insured. Since I don't have a local branch for insurance we had to mail the forms to USAA/progressive. No big deal, takes a couple days and boom we're done. or so the story goes.

So I get a phone call from the dealer, the overnight shipment of my insurance form was delayed in transit so it'll be a few more days. Minor annoyance, but no biggie. A few days pass and I get another phone call earlier this evening...

Dealer: "So our runner when to get your plates and the RMV refused to issue your registration. They cannot confirm that you have paid sales tax on your trade-in and cannot issue plates since you did not pay sales tax on the full amount for the Stryker."

Me: "Ummm... ok. So I'm from Virginia where none of this insanity takes place. Can you elaborate more on what needs to be done?"

Dealer: "Well if you could e-mail or fax me a copy of your current virginia registration we should be good to go. Otherwise you'll owe a little over $300 in tax to satisfy the RMV."

Me: "You mean you'll owe a little over $300 in taxes."

Dealer: "Uh, I don't follow. You would have to pay the tax."

Me: "Actually, I signed the purchase for XXXX with tax included. It's not my mistake that you did not research the tax code regarding trades of vehicles purchased and registered out of state."

Dealer: "Well this won't be a problem, because we are going back to the RMV tomorrow with your registration which should satisfy the RMV. If not we will just have to talk from there."

Me : "I can send you a copy of my registration and a copy of the bill of sale from Britt Motorsports in Morehead City NC where I purchased and paid taxes on the vehicle. I took off work this Wed with the sole purpose of coming to your shop to pick up my bike and conclude our business. The bike will be plated and ready to go Wed morning."

Dealer: "We're doing our best to get you on your Stryker in a timely manner."

Me: "Where I'm from a timely manner is same day, next day at most. See you Wed. Please call me if you run into troubles tomorrow with the RMV. have a good evening."

Dealer: "You as well."

:frusty: :frusty: :frusty: :frusty:

Please excuse what I'm about to say, any of you who are from MA or are attached to this state... but MA absolutely blows my mind as to how insanely difficult they make EVERYTHING. I HATE this state. The majority of my firearms I own... illegal in MA. Want to buy a car or bike? That's 6.25% tax and it'll be 3 or more days till you can drive away with it. Want to get a carry permit in MA? Sure, if you have the $$$... and despite the fact that your military training is far superior to any firearms "class" provided, you still have to take the classes. Oh but wait, if you aren't a resident of MA. Well then, depending on which town you live in / talk to the rules are different... so good luck figuring it out.

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Something doesn't sound right...you sure they even have the bike? This sounds like a stall tactic or something.

Granted I'm not in MA but they can't make life THAT difficult.

With progressive/USAA they just faxed the documents right over on the spot when I bought my other bikes here and in NJ. Again I'm not in MA but I can't believe they would be so behind the times.

As for sales tax, they already told you if you could prove you paid tax on the other bike that you wouldn't have to pay tax on the difference for the new. Now you verified that you had and they want you to pay tax?

It's time to get everything undone and walk away. Not to mention the fact that another member here Stryker2012 lives in MA and didn't have to go through all of these hoops...so something seems to be up.
Hey thanks for the link. I had that site pulled up last night lookin into it.

I know they have the bike, I gave it a good visual inspection before I started negotiating. I'm more worried there is a problem with the bike they are trying to fix or hide before I pick it up. But I don't want to jump to conclusions. Guess I will find out for sure tomorrow morning when I go out there. Either way I know I'm not paying a penny more for the bike.
Like maybe the guy dropped it while detailing it or something :(.

For the life of me I can't see why they would be putting you through the ringer on this. It also sounds to me like the deal is already done and the bike is already paid for and yours so to come back later and ask for more money is just completely unacceptable.
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