Are you a car lover and noticed exotic cars have Montana license plates? There’s a reason for that and it’s because of taxes.
Here’s more from AutoTrader.com:
To start, it’s important to explain the biggest reason why so many exotic cars have Montana license plates: Montana has no sales tax. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Walk into a DMV in California to register your new $1.5-million McLaren P1, and you’ll pay something like $120,000 … for a license plate.That’s like $17,000 per letter or number. It’s $10,000 per inch of license plate. This is a lot of money, even if you have a McLaren P1. Most McLaren P1 owners probably did not earn enough money to buy a McLaren P1 by paying $10,000 per inch of anything.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have Montana. Rural, comfortable, relaxed Montana, where there’s no sales tax, and registering that very same McLaren P1 costs you something like $200 in registration fees. This cost difference — for those of you without handy access to a calculator — is roughly $119,800. In many places, this amount would buy you a condominium that includes an assigned parking spot and a community swimming pool with at least nine adult-only swimming hours every week.
Or you could get a license plate.
And so, many exotic-car owners are willing to trek to Montana just to save this money. Except, this brings us to reason No. 2 why so many exotic cars have Montana license plates: You don’t actually have to go to Montana. Montana has no vehicle inspection, in which your car is looked over by a safety inspector to make sure it has, you know, seat belts. Montana has no emissions tests, in which your car must prove it isn’t polluting. I get the sense that you can get a license plate for anything in Montana, including a tape dispenser.