Car Sales Tax By State 2019

Owning a vehicle is expensive from the day you purchase it until the day you quit driving it. In addition to paying cash for the car or paying monthly payments, you have to worry about gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. Before you even drive your car off the lot, though, you often have to pay multiple fees, including sales tax.

Sales tax is charged on car purchases in most states in the U.S. While you may be used to paying sales ta for most of your purchases, the bill for sales tax on a vehicle can be shocking. If, for example, you pay a 10% sales tax on $20,000, that’s an additional $2,000 you must spend – not counting doc fees and DMV fees.

Some states are more lax on their minimum sales tax requirements, and a handful don’t charge sales tax at all. Let’s explore the different sales tax rates for cars around the nation.

As previously mentioned, there are a few states that do not charge sales tax on cars. These states are Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon.

There are even fewer states that have minimum sales tax rates below 5%. Those states are North Carolina, which has a minimum tax rate of 3%, and Hawaii, which has a sales tax rate of 4.5%.

The majority of U.S. states have tax rates that fall between 5% and 10%. Those states are:

A few states have sales tax rates that exceed 10%. Those states are:

State Sales Tax Rate 2019 Pop.
Delaware0.00%975,033
Montana0.00%1,074,532
New Hampshire0.00%1,363,852
Oregon0.00%4,245,901
North Carolina3.00%10,497,741
Hawaii4.50%1,416,589
Maine5.50%1,342,097
Wisconsin5.60%5,832,661
District of Columbia5.75%711,571
Kentucky6.00%4,484,047
Maryland6.00%6,062,917
Michigan6.00%10,020,472
Wyoming6.00%572,381
Massachusetts6.25%6,939,373
Connecticut6.35%3,567,871
South Dakota6.50%892,631
New Jersey6.63%8,922,547
Indiana7.00%6,718,616
Iowa7.00%3,167,997
Pennsylvania7.00%12,813,969
Rhode Island7.00%1,056,738
Vermont7.00%627,180
Virginia7.00%8,571,946
West Virginia7.00%1,791,951
Alaska7.50%735,720
Nebraska7.50%1,940,919
Florida8.00%21,646,155
Mississippi8.00%2,987,895
Ohio8.00%11,718,568
Texas8.25%29,087,070
Nevada8.27%3,087,025
Minnesota8.38%5,655,925
North Dakota8.50%760,900
Utah8.60%3,221,610
New York8.88%19,491,339
Georgia8.90%10,627,767
Idaho9.00%1,790,182
South Carolina9.00%5,147,111
New Mexico9.06%2,096,034
Tennessee10.00%6,833,793
Missouri10.10%6,147,861
California10.25%39,747,267
Washington10.40%7,666,343
Kansas10.60%2,910,931
Alabama11.00%4,898,246
Illinois11.00%12,700,381
Arizona11.20%7,275,070
Colorado11.20%5,770,545
Arkansas11.25%3,026,412
Louisiana11.45%4,652,581
Oklahoma11.50%3,948,950