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Rising vehicle fees could push small businesses away

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

On April 1, April Fool's Day, some motor vehicle fees will go up. While it is part of Governor Tom Corbett's plan to fix roads and bridges, some small businesses could take it on the chin.

Westgate Auto Sales in York is open, at least for now.

"I think it's going to hurt a lot of people," Westgate owner Metin Karadag said. "I can see a couple of dollars increase, even $10 is one thing, but a 100 percent increase, I don't think it's fair."

According to PennDOT, replacing a driver's license will go from $5 to $19 and a certificate of title will go from $22.50 to $50. 

"I have a Pennsylvania title in my name, it's just over $20 now. Next month I'll pay $50 for it," Karadag said.

Karadag buys nearly 100 cars every year from auctions. Before he can have them inspected and put out on the lot for sale, he needs to change the title which will now cost him a significant amount. Karadag said he's leaning towards leaving the state.

"I am concerned and maybe I'll just close here in the next couple of months and move into Maryland," said Karadag.

For a complete list of what rates are changing and when they will occur, visit the Shumaker Williams Business and Legal Counsel's website at shumakerwilliams.com.

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