Francis W. Porretto waxes lyrical (it’s an artisanal version of Carnauba) on the subject of Joy, his newly-arrived C6 Corvette:
There’s nothing like the bellow of an American V8 engine with a performance-oriented exhaust system behind it. Just starting the engine is enough to increase any red-blooded man’s testosterone to the “Let’s hunt an endangered species to extinction and roast it over a bonfire of old-growth timber” level. And that, more than any other reason, is why I made this entirely unnecessary purchase.
Yes, it’s frivolous. Yes, it will anger tree huggers from coast to coast — and we do have a few here on the fabled Island of Long. And yes, what I spent on it would feed hundreds of illegal aliens for a whole year. I don’t care. It was my money and my decision.
If I regret anything about this purchase, it would be the requirement to pay the Vampire State’s Department of Motor Vehicles a king’s ransom in sales tax for the privilege of registering Joy for use on New York roads.
What fees and taxes do I need to pay to register and title a vehicle in New York State?
If this is the original registration (first time you register your vehicle), you must pay the
- registration fee
- vehicle plate fee
- county use tax
- sales tax (see sales tax information)
- title certificate fee of $50.00
- MCTD fee for the following 12 counties only: Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester
But those are mere annoyances:
I tell you, people, that you not forget: it’s all right to be happy. And if that’s all right, then it’s all right for anyone, once the necessities are dealt with, to buy a red Corvette convertible, lower the top, and cruise blissfully and for no good reason down the main drag of his burg with the sun on his shoulders and the wind in his hair. A nineteen year old blonde right-seat decoration is not required.
I am far too easily distracted for such, um, decorations.