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Ticked off at the state of IL

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Purchased car in March and went straight to DMV to register.
Got charged a motor fuel tax as DMV deemed the Volt an EV.
They sent my stuff off to the state and plates were to come in the mail.
4 mos later had to go back in to get a longer temp tag as they hadn't come in yet.
2 weeks later they send me a letter with all the paperwork stating that DMV forgot to charge me for a title transfer fee or something like that. Sent a new check in with all the paperwork.
New plates and sticker come in about August.
Wheew...thought I was done.

A week ago the state sends me a letter stating my plates don't match the body style and it's illegal so go to DMV.
Hand the pile of papers to DMV and come to find out, Illinois doesn't see the VOLT as an EV. Since it has a gas engine range extender, they classify it as a hybrid. (everybody is flat clueless if this is a new classification or not). They really gloss over when you try to explain the engine is in no way conected to the tires through a driveline.
They proceed to issue me new passenger car plates. I asked about the fuel tax over charge and DMV doesn't do refunds, call this ### for reimbursement.
Called than ### for reimbursement and since it has been over 6 months I have to submit a special small claims reimbursement to the state.
Everybody is so happy to help me to call someone else, no one takes responsibility, they are all sorry this happened, even though its not their fault, and they hope I have a good rest of my day.
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We know we have to pay, and we know it's too much, but they continue to kick us down and create more obstacles to overcome just to be legal.
Why does every registration have to be a one of a kind unique situation breaking new ground that has never been foreseen before?
I feel like I am on the Lewis and Clark expedition.
 

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Yep. That's the one DMV gave me on the last visit. When I called that #, the lady directed me to the top center in bold type that says if the refund is over 6 months, then I have to do anther claim form.
 

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That would make my millionaire farmer neighbor sad. He pays motor fuel tax for his OTR trucks, but the other dyed diesel is tax free. If his crew cab pickups and tractor trailers had to pay by annual mileage and GVW, he would weep soy-tears.

The overloaded tractor trailers and farm tractors that continually drive on the shoulder of our rural roads I would say are the #1 cause of edge break up and pavement failure of our roads.
 

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Between farm and field they run massively overloaded. Almost spilling over front to back. The farm tractors fit easily in a 2 lane by themselves, but are barely big enough to allow one car to pass when forced into one lane. Front and real duals on an articulated tractor kills the road shoulder....that wasn't designed or built for the weight.

So if weight and weather kill roads, one can be controlled, the other can't. If a vehicle with a high GVW was taxed at a higher rate, I am cool with that. I am pretty sure the registration for tractor trailers in IL doesn't cover the damage done on the smaller byways.

But I would support a tax system based on GVW and mileage.
 
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