Am I entitled to reimbursement of the sales tax on my next purchased vehicle after mine was totalled.

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Am I entitled to reimbursement of the sales tax on my next purchased vehicle after mine was totalled.

Our ’07 Dodge Caliber was a total loss from a car accident. Is it Ohio Law that I am entitled to be reimbursed for the sales tax on my next purchased car to replace the totalled one? What ORC section if so?

Asked on May 8, 2009 under Accident Law, Ohio

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I'm not an Ohio lawyer.  I've taken a quick look, and wasn't able to find anything like this in the sales tax law.

If you buy your next car from a dealer, you can ask them, because they are the ones who will have to collect the sales tax, and if there is any such law they would surely know about it.  You can count on them to help you with this, if it exists --after all, if you have (say) $500 less sales tax to pay, they will use that as a reason to try and sell you $500 more car!

Please don't get your hopes up.  Sales tax is based on the actual transaction, usually, not on what happened to anything else you bought before, and sales taxes on cars in particular have very few exceptions.


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