The Ongoing Costs of Owning a Motorcycle


Now that the weather is warmer, you’re bound to see more motorcycles on the road. Many people keep motorcycles as a secondary vehicle, so they may not think they require as much maintenance as cars or trucks that are used more often. However, just with any other vehicle, motorcycle owners will have ongoing costs with regard to maintenance, fueling, and ownership as well.


For example, motorcycle owners must renew their registration every year to ensure that the bike is legally allowed to be used on a public road. If you live in California or Florida and don’t want the hassle of waiting in line and getting to the DMV during normal business hours, eTags offers a variety of online renewal services with additional benefits, including quick processing and one free registration certificate replacement for every year of being a customer.


Here are several other costs you can expect to pay on your motorcycle:


  • Routine maintenance like oil changes, tune-up, and transmission fluid
  • Tire replacement and repair. Tires do not need to be rotated, but they are susceptible to cracking and dry rot, even if the bike isn’t used that often
  • Air filter and spark plug replacement: this is recommended once every year at the very least
  • While not required for most people, it is still good to budget this in.
  • Motorcycle equipment including helmet, jacket, and other safety gear
  • Fuel albeit far less use and cost than a 4 wheeled vehicle

I Am Going to School in Florida. Do I Need to Reregister My Car?


In a few months, hundreds of thousands of students will attend a college or university in Florida. Florida is home to some of the best schools in the nation, including the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of Miami, the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and many more. Although many students will be in-state, many others will come from other parts of the country. If you are new to Florida, you might have a lot of questions about your new living situation. One might be whether or not you need to register your car with the state of the Florida.


Any out of state student who plans on bringing their car with them on campus will be happy to know that they don’t have to make a trip to a Florida DMV office to reregister their car. According to Florida state law, a non-resident who is enrolled at a college or university is not required to register their car in Florida. There is one catch though: that student must have registered it in another jurisdiction and that registration needs to be up to date. If it is unregistered or has expired, an individual can expect penalties just as they would if they lived in the state.


If a student does decide to call Florida home after graduation, they will most likely need to register the car in Florida. For example, if a non-resident accepts employment in Florida after graduation, he or she will have ten days to register any vehicle in Florida. The same holds true if he or she wants to enter his or her child in Florida’s public school system. If you do need to register your vehicle in Florida, you can do so in person at your local DMV or tax collector’s office.


Once it comes to renew the register of your vehicle in Florida, we encourage you to check out our registration services. With eTags, you can bypass going to the DMV and renew your register from the convenience of your home. We’ll take care of all the legwork, and we can even ship out of state if necessary. Contact us today to discuss your particular situation and learn more about our customer-friendly registration services.