I was just after some advice after speaking with Canberra Connect the other day when updating my registration details.
My wife and I separated around 6 months ago. Our car has always been in my name. While I was at the shop front on another matter, I asked the staff member what I would need to do to transfer the car into my wifes name. It has always been in my name (because I have always dealt with those matters) and we were together when we purchased the car.
The lady advised for me to transfer it into her name, as she is the operator of the car now, I would need to pay the 3% stamp duty AGAIN. There were no ‘if’s or ‘but’s about it. Thats the way it is. Even she stated ‘they have their hands in everything’.
Is there any way around this? I find it ludicrous that we paid $1,000 stamp duty for the car when we got it, and now we will have to pay stamp duty AGAIN to put it in her name. Obviously I can just leave the car in my name, but I would prefer to do things the right way.
An absolute money grab if you ask me. Pretty painful for people trying to work through separation/divorce. I note that other states (such as VIC) allow FREE transfer between married couples and other family members.