California DMV Thieves

My vehicle happens to be registered to my company, which gets a lot of mail. And so, somehow the registration renewal got misplaced, and hence, didn’t get paid and renewed by the Oct 16 deadline. Alright; so I’m going to get smacked with a late fee. Fine.

OK, this isn’t about the general illegitimacy of the state, but let’s just figure you’d pay something equivalent to an annual vehicle registration in some form or another anyway. But would you pay a 60% late charge, or would the company end up being burned to the ground by outraged customers?

Yep, as if $383 for a year’s "registration" isn’t already ridiculous (get over it: it’s just another euphemism for a "tax," itself an euphemism for robbery). Now they impose and additional $222 for a "late fee," which is just an excuse to steal even more — at loan-shark rates that’d make Corleone blush. So, a late $383 "registration" is now a $605 "registration," for a single year’s operation in this "great state." You know, I might get a bit pissed at a 10% late fee, but it’d be mostly at myself for letting it slide: precisely the reasonable justification for a late fee.

And they wonder why people generally hate them so much. Think about it, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Assembly, and George Valverde. I’ve got nothing but contempt for you; and I don’t think too many reading this would begrudge it.

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  1. Lute Nikoley on December 17, 2007 at 16:51

    Just think what it would be if Davis were gov. Arnold cut the reg. fee in half when he took over, remember? Of course it's still way too much. And what do we get for that outrageous fee? The wort roads & Highways in the country.

  2. Richard Nikoley on December 17, 2007 at 18:41

    Nope. The reg fee was cut in half prior, not sure whether during Wilson or Davis, but it was well prior to Arnold.

    From what I see, it is effectively creeping back up.

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