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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The state of Missouri is trying to go one up on Kansas in terms of selling older used cars. A proposed Missouri senate bill will exempt some 10-year-old cars from sales tax.

There were only a few cars Amanda Jimenez had her eye on. It needed to be an SUV or four-wheel drive, and old.

"I've always owned 1990's and 80s. I love old cars," she said.

Her favorite is a 2001 Tahoe, but her husband wasn't convinced.

If she waited a little while to buy the car, she may not have to pay a sales tax. That's because Senate Bill 693 will exempt 10-year-old cars with a price tag of under $15,000 from sales tax if it's ratified into law.

"My price range, I can't go over 10 because of sales tax," said Jimenez.

In Missouri, it's almost a $100 for every $1000 you spend. So if Jimenez spends $10,000, she's going to pay almost $1,000 in sales tax. But there are a lot of other cars to choose from within the price range of the proposed bill.

Mike Sullivan, a sales representative at Auto Now off Wornall Road, said the prices for a 10-year-old car ranges from $8,000 to $10,000.

Jimenez likes the bill, but can't wait to see if it passes. The measure is still working through the Missouri Senate. If approved, it moves to the House.

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