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Is $500 reasonable to pay for title and transfer fees ?

BeatricemomBeatricemom Member Posts: 1
edited June 2020 in Honda
Looking to buy a 2015 Honda Civic with less than 10,000 miles from a dealer. He won't budge on the price (14,500). And he wants to charge $500 for title and transfer fees. (I think he mentioned "destination fee" also). Is this a reasonable amount to pay in the state of Pennsylvania?


  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,382
    Pennsylvania dealers are now allowed to charge up to a $389 documentation “fee” on top of initial registration costs, which run ~$180 now.

    Although I no longer live in PA, my family is still there and, anecdotally, it seems every dealer now charges that $389 doc fee one way or another.

    My advice would be to shop around a bit and survey the market, then decide if the price of the car with the $389 doc fee is still a good deal.
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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,635
    edited June 2020
    Why would you have to pay a destination fee on a car that’s already here? The bottom line is how much do you want the car?

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  • pensfan83pensfan83 Member Posts: 2,553
    Registration fees are set by PENN Dot so that's non negotiable and the cap on the doc fee was raised late last year from $144 to $389. @28firefighter nailed it on the purchase too, if you like the car you'll need to decide on whether it's an issue
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  • gtornacigtornaci Member Posts: 8
    Admin I have more of a general question. California Orange County. For a 39 or 42 month lease do they offer prorated registration fees or a refund for the rest of the year you did not use and returned your car?
  • gtornacigtornaci Member Posts: 8
    Or always have to pay the full registration fee?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 236,518
    gtornaci said:

    Or always have to pay the full registration fee?

    I don't have a definitive answer for you, but anecdotal reports are that the CA fees are NOT prorated. And, that is definitely something to take into account when considering a lease for a partial year.

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