It's the same in Ontario.
Any new/used car from dealership is subject to GST(5%)/PST(8%) I believe.
Privately, we only paid the PST(8%) when we bought ours last year, based on the selling price,
or a wholesale value (from a Kelley Blue Book type valuation), whichever is greater.
Next year, McGuinty plans to tax everything with an HST(13%) with very few exceptions,
under the guise of easing the "hidden business tax" on businesses, so that some things in
Ontario will be cheaper, when these fictional savings are passed on to us by retailers.