I’ve had some recent problems with dealers on this topic, so I thought it would be helpful to start a thread.
Many states regulate the motor vehicle fees line item of a new or used car sale. Dealers generally overestimate these fees, so that they don’t have to chase down customers to pay the balance.
As such, most customers will be entitled to a MV fee refund, if they have paid more than the actual plate and reg fee to the dealer. The dealer is also generally entitled to hire a motor vehicles agency expediter, and to include that fee in the total MV line item.
In New Jersey, where a good number of deals on this forum origiante from, the MV fee overage refund is a state law, and it’s enforced by the NJ Attorney General’s office. Reminding a dealer of this fact has always shaken loose the hundred or so dollars owed to me.
Don’t leave your hard-earned money in the dealer’s account!