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Appeal Your Vehicle County Property Tax

All 100 North Carolina county tax offices recognize diminished value for both first and third party claimants. Value adjustments may be necessary if the owner can document:

  • high mileage

  • significant body or frame damage

  • excessively worn interior

  • other damage that may significantly reduce the retail value.


Normal wear and tear will not be considered.

Documentation that will be considered for a vehicle value appeal

  • A copy of the bill of sale documenting the purchase price from a local dealer

  • A written appraisal performed by a dealer (see note below) that clearly states the appraisal reflects the retail value as of the January 1 of the year in which the taxes are due

  • For vehicles less than eight years old, documentation of high mileage from an annual inspection, oil change or other invoice

  • Repair estimates for vehicles that have been significantly damaged

Note: You do not need an appraisal from a dealer; also many dealers will not do an appraisal in fear of being dragged into court. If  a dealer does appraise, they will scribble down a number and hand it to you, CSI-NC explain why the value of the vehicle is much less.  Proof here>>>

Documentation that will not be considered for a vehicle value appeal

  • Wholesale or blue book values pulled from any internet valuation website, magazine or catalog

  • A trade-in or wholesale value appraisal from a dealer

  • Written offers from a dealer to purchase your vehicle

  • A bill of sale from a private seller

Appeal Deadline:

Licensed vehicle value appeals and all supporting documentation must be postmarked within 30 days of the due date printed on the notice.


Link to all 100 North Carolina tax here

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