How to Register Your Car in Tampa

The perks in buying a car from Broadway Export are the unbeatable value you’ll get for your dollars and the experience of buying from a family owned dealership that takes care of your needs. But there are still a few things you need to know after you make your purchase. You will have to get your car registered so that you can drive in on the road.


Buying a car from a dealership is like buying any other thing in a store in that you pay for the goods and/or services rendered plus taxes. Even though you may pay the taxes to Broadway Export, we will ultimately just go and pay those taxes straight to the DMV. Please note that taxes are not included in the listing price of the vehicle on (we may negotiate different prices with our customers to give them an unbeatable deal, so that’s why we can’t always know the price you will pay after taxes and registration fees).

Registering the Car

When you buy a car from Broadway Export we take you through every step you need to smoothly and legally get in your car and on the road. This includes going through the registration process with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Here are some of the steps you can expect after committing to buy your car:

  • We will fill out the title of the vehicle which will effectively transfer ownership of the vehicle to you
  • We’ll also fill out a bill of sale and a few other forms required for regulations
  • We’ll take a copy of your driver’s license and proof of insurance

Then with these documents we’ll be able to transfer the license plate (tag) and title to you. Or if you don’t have a license plate from a previous car, get a new license plate for you.

Fee Amounts

Here are some of the fees you can expect to pay for registering your car:

  • Hillsborough county sales and use tax: 7% of the purchase price of the car
  • Registration fee: between $27.60 and $46.65 per year depending on weight
  • Title fee: $78.25
  • License plate fee: $28 if you’re transferring from your previous car or $265.10 for a new license plate

Other Tips

Having all the previously listed documents with you when you come to Broadway Export will greatly speed up your buying experience, so remember to bring your driver’s license and proof of insurance with you along with the above mentioned fees.

One other point to remember is that we won’t be able to register your car for you if the DMV sees issues with your driving license or record, such as a suspended driving license or unpaid tolls. In these cases, Broadway Export will make its best efforts to try to register your car for you but we won’t be able to if your driver’s license was suspended to do traffic fines/violations or unpaid tolls.

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