Price jump for used cars results in boost in Minnesota sales tax collected

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The microchip shortage responsible for bottlenecking the production of new cars has been a boon for the used car market.

However, the lack of available new vehicles also has created a greater demand and thus a scarcity of quality used vehicles.

This has driven up the cost of used cars and trucks, which has also increased the sales tax collected on used vehicle transactions.

According to an iSeeCars.com analysis of 1.2 million used car sales nationwide, the price of used cars in Minnesota has increased 12.4% year over year, ranking the state as the sixth-lowest price increase for used vehicles in the nation.

That translates to an average additional $2,945 per used vehicle sold in the state.

It also translates into a significant revenue boost to the Minnesota Treasury. The state currently charges a 6.5% sales tax on the sale of used cars. This translates to an average $191.42 in additional tax collected per used vehicle sold in the state.

The national average increase in used car sales prices is 16.8% or $3,926 per vehicle sold.

According to iSeeCars:

  • Consumers may be able to get a better used car deal by crossing state lines.
  • Rhode Island is the state with the greatest used car price increase in 2021 compared to 2020 at 25.55, which amounts to $5,559.
  • Another New England state, Vermont, has the smallest used car price increase at 10.7%, which amounts to $2,717.
  • Of the top 10 states with the lowest price increases, five are Eastern states and four are in the Midwest.
  • Of the 10 states with the highest price increases, six are Western states, and four are Eastern.

According to data provided by the National Automotive Dealers Association, average year-to-date used-car sales per new- and used-car dealership in the United States was $5,884,668 in March, the last month for which data is available. In March 2020, the year-to-date used car sales per new- and used-car dealership was $4,461,184.

Used Car Price Increases by State
Rank  State Year-Over-Year % Price Change Year-Over-Year $ Price Change
1 Vermont 10.7% $2,717
2 New Jersey 11.1% $2,580
3 West Virginia 11.8% $2,910
4 Nebraska 12.1% $2,968
5 Wisconsin 12.3% $3,026
6 Minnesota 12.4% $2,945
7 Iowa 12.7% $3,135
8 Hawaii 13.3% $3,391
9 New York 13.7% $3,126
10 New Hampshire 13.8% $3,106
11 Massachusetts 14.1% $3,188
12 Indiana 14.1% $3,247
13 Connecticut 14.2% $3,000
14 Pennsylvania 14.3% $3,214
15 New Mexico 14.4% $3,444
16 Colorado 14.6% $3,554
17 North Dakota 14.9% $4,062
18 Illinois 14.9% $3,575
19 Idaho 15.0% $4,067
20 Oklahoma 15.9% $3,895
21 Texas 16.0% $3,890
22 Mississippi 16.1% $3,892
23 Louisiana 16.6% $3,883
24 North Carolina 16.7% $3,882
25 Kansas 16.8% $3,950
26 Maine  16.8% $3,977
National Average 16.8% $3,926
27 Delaware  17.3% $3,652
28 Virginia 17.3% $3,883
29 Michigan 17.7% $4,051
30 South Dakota 18.1% $4,998
31 Kentucky 18.3% $4,196
32 Missouri 18.4% $4,338
33 South Carolina 18.5% $4,283
34 Alabama 18.5% $4,304
35 California 18.7% $4,296
36 Maryland 19.1% $4,142
37 Florida 19.2% $4,224
38 Ohio 19.2% $4,102
39 Alaska 19.3% $5,907
40 Washington  19.4% $4,664
41 Tennessee  19.4% $4,539
42 Wyoming  19.6% $6,173
43 Oregon  20.2% $4,738
44 Arkansas  20.4% $4,994
45 Arizona  20.5% $4,600
46 Utah  21.0% $4,729
47 Montana  21.8% $5,926
48 Georgia  22.2% $5,100
49 Nevada  22.3% $4,852
50 Rhode Island  25.5% $5,559





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