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I was surprised when we received our registration that said the passenger van was commercial. According to the Calif DMV, this is not commercial. My former Astro Van was exactly the same size and was not commercial.
The Mercedes dealer said it's only about $80 more on the registration so why worry! We just rec'd commercial license plates in the mail. Were all of you out there, issued commercial plates?
 

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How does CA define commercial? Where we are anything over 7000lbs gross vehicle weight gets to pay commercial registration fees regardless of actual use. The Metris is just under 7k but I still had to get the dealer to fix the order sheet and only paid normal passenger fees. Plates showed up last week with no issues. Commercial fees would be nearly double per year for me.
 

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I was surprised when we received our registration that said the passenger van was commercial. According to the Calif DMV, this is not commercial. My former Astro Van was exactly the same size and was not commercial.
The Mercedes dealer said it's only about $80 more on the registration so why worry! We just rec'd commercial license plates in the mail. Were all of you out there, issued commercial plates?
Yes, same here in SoCal.

I don't know how they assign the plate number for commercial, I have Y1 at the end so did they start with 00000A0? If so I just wonder what'll happen when they reach 99999Z9. For cars it's now somewhere at 7Sxxx and trucks at 9Axxxxx.
 

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Follow up: after lots of talking with Mercedes help line and DMV and the DMV rep at the dealer, we learned that the Metris passenger van is not automatically considered a commercial vehicle. There is added cost if it is registered as commercial. The dealer took back our pink slip, our plates, registration and tags, promising to change it all to non-commercial and expedite all of the paperwork, get us new license plates and refund the overcharge. The lady on the Mercedes hotline in NY said they aren't considered commercial in her state.
 

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About to pick ours up tomorrow and there's no indication that NJ Motor Vehicle, my insurance company, or anyone else (besides MB) considers the Metris a commercial vehicle. There's a big differentiation between how MB markets it, and how it can be used.
 

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Follow up: after lots of talking with Mercedes help line and DMV and the DMV rep at the dealer, we learned that the Metris passenger van is not automatically considered a commercial vehicle. There is added cost if it is registered as commercial. The dealer took back our pink slip, our plates, registration and tags, promising to change it all to non-commercial and expedite all of the paperwork, get us new license plates and refund the overcharge. The lady on the Mercedes hotline in NY said they aren't considered commercial in her state.
How much did you get back? Is it a commercial vehicle in CA? Bought the van for family weekend not for doing business and hate to pay more for commercial license plate.
 

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Yes, same here in SoCal. I don't know how they assign the plate number for commercial, I have Y1 at the end so did they start with 00000A0? If so I just wonder what'll happen when they reach 99999Z9. For cars it's now somewhere at 7Sxxx and trucks at 9Axxxxx.
Sometimes I don't understand. I see 12 passengers Chevy Express has passenger car plate(1ABC234), but Metris(passenger version) has commercial plate(12345A6)
 

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I just registered a 2022 Metris Passenger van as a Passenger vehicle in New York. A van needs side windows and a second row of seats to qualify as passenger. I do use it for business and it has shop decals. The advantage for Passenger plates is that I can take it on the parkways which prohibit trucks and commercial vehicles.
 

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In Ontario, commercial vehicles are over 3,000kg (6600lb). We have always had to register for 1 or 2 year periods (your choice) and still do but they have dropped the fee. :) ontario.ca/page/renew-your-licence-plate
 
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