Join discussions on moving to and living in the USVI, ask questions, share info & tips! (Vacationing? Visit Travel Message Board)

"Use tax" on used vehicles shipped in?

February 11, 2017 08:40PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 8

I am looking at moving to STX soon. I currently live in OR and have a compact and am thinking of trading up to an American made SUV.

OR has no sales tax on vehicles, I'm wondering if the USVI has a "use tax" for vehicles brought in? And if so, is there a certain amount of time as a new owner this will apply?

For instance, CA states that a car brought in w/in 90 days of purchase is subject to a "use tax".


Re: "Use tax" on used vehicles shipped in?

Exit Zero
February 11, 2017 09:28PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 2,254

There will be a road tax and Excise tax before you can get it registered - also must have local insurance for registration.

Quite a thorough explanation in the drop down menu above. Under relocating - the move- car


Re: "Use tax" on used vehicles shipped in?

February 11, 2017 09:43PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 724

Other fee to consider is Customs, which applies to all vehicles manufactured outside of the continental US.
This can be tricky however. For example, I purchased a Ford Edge. I love it, and Ford is an American company, but the vehicle was manufactured in Canada, so I got hit with the added fee.
Some foreign companies, like Honda, Toyota, ect, manufacturer their vehicles in the states and they are exempt from the fee.

Join the discussion. Click the button below to Login or Register now!

Click here to login

  • Blue Ocean Transport

Moving to the U.S. Virgin Islands?

Settlers Handbook
Only $17.95

The Settlers Handbook for the U.S. Virgin Islands is your guide to moving to St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island.

The current 18th Edition, released in January 2016, will help you explore your dream of island living. A solid reference book, it was first published in 1975. That's 40 years of helping people move to the islands. A must read. Order today.

Order Today


Join Today!

Tell prospective and current residents about your business.

Learn More →

Sister Sites


USVI Books & Souvenirs


USVI Vacation Guide

Living in de V.I.

USVI Relocation DVD

Proud Supporter

VI Olympic Team

For over 45 years, the Virgin Islands has celebrated the Olympic tradition by sending our athletes to compete.

Learn More →