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How to Calculate Automobile Price With Tax & License in California

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It can be hard to figure out just how much a new car is going to cost. Sure, the sticker price says $12,130, but by the time you sign the loan disclosure, the bottom line has jumped to more than $14,000. Doing some research can help to lessen the surprise. Knowing the tax and licensing fees can help you find a car that meets your budget.

Step 1

Identify the vehicle you want to buy. Search the Internet for the invoice cost and MSRP of that vehicle if it is new. If the vehicle is used, look at the NADA guide or the Kelley Blue Book. This will give you an idea of the high and low range of price for your vehicle.