I'm about to buy a 2007 tundra, but is has 5 years of registration back fees! So is there a way to get away without paying all the back fees by register it as non commercial vehicle, any idea??This is the third item I've posted tonight. I'll be quiet for a few weeks to make up.
I bought my 2007 Tundra longbed and promptly put a shell (some folks back east would call it a cap) on it. With a couple of extra features it was $1,200 out the door including tax and installation. This is only as tall as the top of the cab. The A.R.E. shell was the only one I could find for a 2007 Tundra longbed. It took three weeks to deliver from back east. I am always pleased and amazed at how well they are able to match the color of the truck. It's perfect. And it has an extra cost front window that folds inward for cleaning.
So how does this save on DMV fees. In California if you put a shell (or camper) on a pickup you can take it to the DMV and they will change the pink slip designation from COMMERCIAL to "PM" which I assume means it's only used for passengers. They will collect your commercial plates and issue instead passenger car plates. And there is no DMV charge for this!
The net result is that I no longer have to pay weight fees which on this 2007 Tundra which comes to $144 a year. Over a few years the savings will almost pay for the shell.
It doesn't make sense as the truck can still be used for commercial purposes. But I'm not going to argue. I think it has something to do with it being defined as a "housecar" or something. Maybe they are thinking of campers on pickup trucks instead of little shells. Whatever. It has worked for me twice.
I did this with my 1999 Ford F-150 and now the Tundra.
Side-story: When I took it to the DMV to apply for the change I was told they had to inspect the vehicle. So I pulled it around to the inspection lane where I was told they didn't have to inspect it. I parked it (uninspected) and went back in where the paperwork was processed and the new pink slip was issued.
Hope this is useful to someone (at least in California).