Re: Car dealerships and hidden charges


In Texas the "hidden" fee isn't so hidden. It's called the "DOC" fee, short for documentary. It is the (imo usurious) amount the dealer charges for performing the title registration paperwork. They also drag their heels on it and many dealers only do titles 1 day out of the month. Thus they have your tax, title & tag fees plus the "doc" fee, all of which they are holding and using or earning interest on until the spirit finally moves them to file the paperwork. Meanwhile you're driving around on a 21-day temporary tag which in most cases is expired at least 7-10 days before you actually receive your tags.
DOC fees vary, but average $75. The dealer will tell you the fee is mandatory, which it isn't. You are free to do all the title work yourself and take it to a Notary, pay the Notary $5 and go on your merry way.
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