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Registering new truck, outdated MN laws

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lawncuttinfoo, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,010

    So I am in the process of registering a new truck. The form says register trucks as a passenger vehicle if "the manufacturers rated capacity is 3/4 ton or less"
    So yea, because the F150 has a rated capacity of 1,840 lbs I can save a bunch of money and register it on gross weight.

    However, I call the registering office and they say if it is a F150 it is a "1/2 ton" and they will register it under passenger.
    What was the last year that an F150 had a rating of 1,000 lbs? 35-40 years ago?

    I feel no matter what they "say" I should go by; considering the actual text on the application form says "manufacturers rated capacity" legally I should be registering on weight.
  2. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    It's not your fault the DMV doesn't know anything about modern trucks. If they let you register it as a passenger vehicle and it saves you money go for it. It actually makes sense to me anyway because modern 150/1500 series pickups are generally better suited for carrying passengers than cargo even if their rated capacity is over 1500 pounds.
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Would the DMV possibly be talking about the class? As in 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton trucks. The f150 is a 1/2 ton truck, the f250 is a 3/4 ton truck and so on.

    Yes you will register the truck as a passenger vehicle.
  4. mow4cash

    mow4cash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    If your using it for commercial purpose you have to register it as commercial in NY regardless of weight.
  5. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,010

    The only actual words on the application say exactly "the manufacturers rated capacity is 3/4 ton or less" which is 1840 on my truck (over 3/4 ton)

    not of the "class" is 1/2 or 3/4 ton.
  6. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,010

    Actually registering by weight is $120 per year vs $351 for passanger.
    The passenger class does decrease but after some math, I would be breaking even only after 25 years of use, which I doubt the truck will last. So for the first 25 years it is cheaper to register by weight.

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