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Well they did it again! Our elected 'representatives' went to Baton Rouge and found another way to squeeze money out of Louisiana citizens and business. This time it's the golf cart industry and any resident who owns or hopes to own a golf cart. In their infinite wisdom, our reps have decided that all golf carts sold, new or used, lifted, custom, or plain ole stock now will need to be registered with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles. Although
I'm sure any of these reps will tell you they had our best interest in mind, I'm thinking if you follow the cash you can make your own decision about whose interest was on their minds as they voted. Lets see who may benefit from this new law.
Perhaps it's the consumer who will benefit? Nope, I can't see a single consumer benefit from this registration. Maybe you can now use your cart on the street? Nope, this is an offroad registration only. More cost will be added to the purchase up front, and you will now have the pleasure and cost of another registration to keep up with in the future.
Is it the golf cart dealer who will benefit? As a golf cart dealer myself, I can assure you first hand this will be a huge set back for my business. First of all, the paperwork will be a major problem. As a small business owner/operator I spend an average of 12 hours a day at my business now, this new law will create paper work I just don't have time to do. Besides my end of the paperwork, I will now have to employ a title company to process these registrations, as well as take care of the notary work. Since there are no new profit benefits to having to register every vehicle I sell, there are no more funds created to allow me to pay for these services. So where will the money come from to pay for the registration and notary fees not to mention the State fees charged for each and every registered vehicle? You guessed it, the customer will have to pay these fees! After all, when you buy a car, motorcycle or ATV, the customer pays the State Title fee, the State handling fee, the State Off Road Sticker fee, and don't forget the Notary fee! The State says no problem, they will allow me to charge you a document fee to cover my end, after all, its just money, right!? More paperwork for me the dealer, more cost for you the consumer, and who profits from all of this? The State of course!
Before you get mad at us dealers for passing these cost to the customer, understand that this economy is hard on everyone. We small business owners are not exempt from high costs at the gas pumps or grocery stores. And I can promise you, I don't know any rich golf cart dealers! This new law will increase my workload and decrease my sales volume because of the higher end prices. As far the commercial end of my business, I have no idea how those customers will feel about having to register an electric vehicle he used to run parts around his shipyard of fabrication plant. If I was a commercial customer I'd go to any of our neighboring states and purchase my carts. If he buys in Louisiana, I have to charge him registration fees. What's the chance of the state going onto his private property to check to see if his golf carts are registered?! I don't know how this will play out, but this may be a great time to be a golf car dealer in any state close to Louisiana. Leave it to Louisiana to find yet another way to push business across the state line! If this angers you, look to your Representatives who saw another way to take more money from the people they represent to grow State funds they get to spend. If this doesn't anger you, just wait, it's just a matter of time before these self serving politicians get thier hands into something that hits you close to home. Once again these politicians who we elect to serve us have served themselves. If there was just one benefit to either the dealer or golf cart consumer, I could maybe understand the reason for creating this new law. But all I see is another way to squeeze the Louisiana resident. If this angers you as it does me, call your rep. Good luck getting an intellegent explanation, I sure didn't!
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I agree
More gov't here to help!
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B.S.
is this just on new carts , what about golf carts that are already out there -----------
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BS!!!
This figures, I'm not surprised. I have a golf cart I was thinking about selling, I wonder how this will work now??
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hmmmmm
You might want to sell it now as I read where a clause in obama care kicks in 2014 and if you sell anything over $600 you have to report yourself and pay income taxes on the sale ------- you can just add the tax cost to the selling price ----- but no one is going to have any money to buy it any way
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La. politics
Fishhfiles, this registration applies to ALL golf carts, new and used. Wdietz, Iíve been in business long enough to know that once this state finds a new source of dollars they pound it until they extort every dime they can. You will probably have a grace period to get your cart registered before being subject to penalties. I know for a fact that there is an ATV dealers association that hired a lobbiest some years back to make it hard for the golf cart industry because we were taking business from them. Iím thinking their dollars found their way into the right pockets this session. This registration will take effect January 1st 2014, but I donít know much more than the information in my original post. Iíll start making phone calls today to find out what I can, Iíll need to start informing my customers of these new restrictions and will have to be better informed. My commercial customers will be the hardest hit by this registration. You would think my representative would have contacted me to get my input before voting, itís not like he has a multitude of golf cart dealers in his district. I havenít heard a peep out of him. I actually heard about this second hand from a rep of another district. Just another example of our government sticking its hand just a little deeper into our pockets!
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Wait
Riding lawn mowers will be next.
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lawn mowers
Hell man I had to sale my riding lawnmower to pay for increase in my healthcare because of OBAMA CARE
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Bill number?
Do you have a bill number that you can reference? I looked on the Louisiana State Senate website and I found HB443, which refers to the Sales and Use tax on off-road vehicles. The definition of an off-road vehicle was modified in the bill this past legislative session, however I see no language in the bill that states that a registration is required with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles as you state in your post.
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La Politics
Thats the bill, HB443. Pretty much anything with four wheels is now an ATV as far as Louisiana is concerned.
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Hmmm
So does a golf cart come with a certificate of origin or a title? I have a 2001 yamaha golf cart and I don't recall having a title for it. It would seem to me as I read the legislation that if golf carts don't have a certificate of origin or title they are specifically exempt from this legislation. Am I missing something? I for one do not plan to 'register' my golf cart for use on my private property.
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La Politics
A certificate of origin can be gotten for a new E-Z-G0 golf cart on request, and I'm sure for other major brands also. They are not provided normally because golf carts have never before been required to be registered anywhere as far as I know. I have no idea how the state will handle registration on used golf carts, untill now only vehicles with vin numbers have required registrations. I have made a few calls and from what I am being told we will be the first state to require registration on regular everday golf carts. I don't blame you, I wouldn't register my golf cart to be used on my private property either, which is where one of my issue with this law comes in. I am a Golf cart dealer and I have commercial customers who will now purchase their carts out of state. Why would they go through the trouble and expense of dealing in Louisiana when this is the only state with this rediculas restriction. Especially the commercial customers with locations in those states already! They will just use their golf cart suppliers from our neighboring states to supply them with carts when they need them and avoid doing business in Louisiana. Lost sales for me, thanks Louisiana! You've found yet another way to make a few bucks off your residence, and drive business out of this state at the same time!
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Happy hour
Yep, once the state figures out George Jones once rode his John Deere to a bar after the wife took the car keys.........
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'When Traveling Don't Say Where 'ya From'
...I knew seven Katrina 'Happy Refuges' that won't come back and catch 20 less fish per year and pay 1/2 on bottom line of city property taxes,parish property taxes,fees,tolls,permits,licenses even flushed sewer water and add-on's on utility bills...there's three in North Carolina they call it their 'Trail of Cheers' and that the storm did them a favor...the others are in Texas and they just laugh ??? Cheers
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be aware, new law for 2014!
be aware, new law for 2014!
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Rep
Who is your State Rep?
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Non issue
Doesn't seem like something to get all worked up about to me? Its a vehicle like an ATV or UTV, why shouldn't they be registered? ATVs and boats do, and they are vehicles?
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Tax and Re-Tax
There's the other obvious advantage to requiring people to register these types of vehicles. When this vehicle is re-sold, they get to tax and charge the next owner all over again. I had this same argument with a guy once about why should the second owner pay taxes on a vehicle that the taxes have already been paid on. If you for example buy a vehicle for say $30,000.00, you pay the taxes on that amount. If you decide to sell the vehicle 3 months later, the next person pays the taxes on the sale amount. If this pattern continues for a couple of years, the taxes paid on a vehicle could exceed the amount the vehicle was priced at to start with. You guys have to understand, registration is not for public safety, it's another way big brother stays in control and your pocket.
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'Shakedown Taxes'
...blame Florida...the retirement communities are loaded w/'em...we tend to copy other states when there a grab for money,but ignore their perks and services...we been the pouring point for money since BP and Katrina and last to feel any recession and still not satisfied...cheers
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Fees
It's only gonna get worse, especially for our children and grandchildren. Most of the baby boomers my age are retiring are about to retire in the next few years, ( 74 million baby boomers). Most are a big chunk of the middle class that pays the taxes in this country. All the local, state and feds will be looking for innovative ways to get at more money.
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