Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Toledo, Ohio, USA
Ferrari Life Posts: 465
Americans complain because we are spoiled. We are very fortunate. Some of us realize this, some don't, and the majority of us realize it but get used to it after a while and forget how lucky we are.
Me -- I'm very lucky -- Each car costs around $65 USD per year to register, regardless of value. Additional $35 per year for personalized plate number. For historical vehicles (25 years or older, used only for shows and events), we pay a one-time fee of only $28 for the life of the car. If we want to personalize the historical registration, we pay only the $35 per year.
I've lived in California and Florida and spent enough time in a few other states to get a taste of what life is like there, and to be honest, I prefer it in Ohio. If you can put up with snow in the winter here, everything else is pretty good, and life is comparatively easy. I keep reading newspaper articles about people leaving this region of the country to move to the "sun belt" (southeast and southwest states), and I read that cities like Cleveland are not desirable places to live, but the truth is, Cleveland, Toledo, and Cincinnati are great and interesting places to live. When I read about taxes, auto registration fees, insurance rates, corruption, natural disasters, political issues, crime, etc., in some of the more "desirable" states, I thank God I live here.
1980 308 GTBi