Some good news - my car insurance went up a lot less than expected; only about $100 a year. I suspect this is because my car, while a hell of a lot more high-maintenance than a 2002 Subaru Forester with 200k miles, is also among the very safest vehicles ever made (or even the absolute safest, as argued by some
In addition, I discovered that the cost of car tabs for the first year are (usually) baked into your taxes when you buy the car. As I did not know this I was expecting to get rekt by a stupidly astronomical car tab fee, since in WA our fees are calculated based on a somewhat dubious vehicle valuation scheme which is widely reviled and directly led to an successful initiative capping car tab fees at a excessively low level. In turn, this initiative threatens to catastrophically wreck state, county, and local transportation budgets, but has naturally been challenged as unconstitutional by numerous governmental entities and will now be fought out in the courts. Good work, everyone.