AUSTIN — It’s not just the high price tags.
It’s also the hassle.
You have to get a new vehicle inspection sticker and a $10.50 fee.
You also have to fill out a bunch of paperwork and you have to show up to get the vehicle inspection.
And you have lots of hoops to jump through before you can buy a car.
The Texas Motor Vehicle Commission (TMMV) says it has made strides in the last several years to ease those burdensome hoops for Texans, but the agency said Thursday it has a lot more work to do.
“The commission is aware of the many challenges Texans face in purchasing a new auto, including how to navigate state regulations, how to register a vehicle, and the complex requirements to obtain and keep a valid vehicle inspection,” TMMV said in a statement.
“The commission has made significant strides in recent years in making vehicle registration easier, while ensuring all Texans can buy vehicles with valid inspection stickers and get vehicle inspections.”
Texas Motor Vehicle Commissioner James Buell said the agency was trying to get to the bottom of the problems people are having with registration, but he said the industry was still struggling to meet the demand.
“It is not uncommon to hear about people who were never registered in the first place and we know they have to drive the car to register,” Bueill said.
“And we know that the more people who drive the vehicle, the more likely it is that it will have problems with it.
And we know people who buy a vehicle and then forget to register it and it will not be available for registration for a period of time.”
The TMMU says it is working with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and the Texas Automobile Dealers Association to improve the process.
It said in an email to The Associated Press that it would also be providing a new program for people who have trouble getting their vehicle inspected.
“We are working to increase the number of inspections in the future,” the agency wrote.
The Texas Association of Business, a trade group for businesses in Texas, said it is aware that there are problems with registration and said it was working to find ways to improve it.
“We are always looking for ways to make registration easier for all Texans,” association spokesman Jason Pechers said in the email.
“It is disappointing that the state is trying to make it harder for businesses to get their vehicles inspected, when it is already very difficult to get new vehicle registrations.
Our members are working hard to make our businesses more competitive and ensure that Texans have the best vehicle inspection process possible.”
Buell is working to fix those problems, and he is not the only one making the effort.
Last week, the Texas Motor Vehicles Commission issued a directive that called for the TMMM to make a few changes to its registration system.
The TMM has also created a new website that people can use to register vehicles and is planning to add a system for those who cannot register a car or who have an existing vehicle.
The commission says its goal is to increase registration numbers by more than 50 percent over the next three years.
“This will allow more people to purchase a vehicle from the TSM and we hope to have a strong increase in registrations,” said Commissioner Mark Wray.
“I am pleased that we are on the right path and are working on it.”