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Shipping soft top convertible

kdberry
July 07, 2018 04:22PM

Registered: 3 months ago
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My mom, son, and I are moving to STX in a few weeks. She is thinking of shipping her Toyota Solara even though her health prevents her from driving. I will have a car so I don’t need it. It will be a few months before my son can drive.

I am wondering if it makes sense to ship it knowing that we will be paying insurance on it and it will go mostly unused until my son gets his license and I feel comfortable letting him drive alone.

I’ve heard car thefts are an issue there and I figure with a soft top, it may be even more tempting to get into and steal. It has about 100k miles on it, is clean, and in very good condition.

Thoughts?

Re: Shipping soft top convertible

Afriend
July 07, 2018 05:37PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 454

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kdberry
I am wondering if it makes sense to ship it knowing that we will be paying insurance on it and it will go mostly unused until my son gets his license and I feel comfortable letting him drive alone.

The answer to this part of your question depends on your financial situation and your priorities when it comes to spending money.

As far as vehicle theft is concerned even though it might be slightly easier to steal a convertible when the top is down or even when the top is up I doubt your car would be at any greater risk than any other car.

Now, you might want to consider the wisdom of having a convertible in an area where the sun is very strong. Many years ago when I lived in NJ I had a convertible and almost always drove with the top down whenever it was practical. I LOVED that car. I moved to Texas and thought I’d have even more opportunity to go “topless” but after a few trips in the blazing sun resulting in sunburned foreheads, extremely hot seats and constant sweating whenever I drove I realized it was just way too hot to keep the top down. For me, it became always top up and A/C on full blast. When I made the move to the Caribbean I never even considered getting a convertible.

That’s why you won’t find very many convertibles in anywhere in the Caribbean.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/07/2018 05:40PM by Afriend.

Re: Shipping soft top convertible

kdberry
July 07, 2018 05:43PM

Registered: 3 months ago
Posts: 34

Lol. Well I never even thought of the impracticality of having it in a hot climate.

Re: Shipping soft top convertible

speee1dy
July 07, 2018 07:32PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,600

I know people with soft tops. Not that big a deal. Car thefts are not that high

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Scubadoo
July 07, 2018 07:35PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,074

Early mornings and in our cool evenings it would be OK to drive top down. I do the same thing when I'm back in NC during the warm months. I see a few convertibles around STX, not many. I saw a late model Corvette the other day, T-top, no convertible. A couple years back there was a late model T-bird convertible around. I'd be more concerned with the wear and tear on the soft top in our hot sun and tropical storm climate and guessing it will not be garaged or sheltered.

Re: Shipping soft top convertible

rmb2830
July 07, 2018 09:54PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 446

A neighbor ALWAYS had a convertible. She did leave island a few years ago, but had convertibles from the mid-eighties on...and she would sell her car locally when buying a new one, though the replacement did not happen too often. Rarely saw her driving with the roof up unless it was raining.

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Alana33
July 07, 2018 09:57PM

Registered: 6 years ago
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If it's not practical, it's not necessary.

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Exit Zero
July 07, 2018 11:56PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 2,253

I have always had convertibles kept in the states for lengthy vacations, here in the VI I have never had a soft top convertibles because I don't have a garage/carport to keep it in . I am always on the lookout for a good hardtop convertible to have in STT . -- A Mercedes 500, Lexus 430, etc, are too pricey and who will repair it -- but they are around. Haven't seen a Solara here but the soft top is a liability more for weather, not thievery IMO.

Re: Shipping soft top convertible

Scubadoo
July 08, 2018 11:03AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,074

I am surprised at the number of Mercedes I see on STX, someone is repairing and servicing them. You can probably get an older SLK in the states for not a lot of money and it's not uncommon to see over 300K miles on Mercedes.

Re: Shipping soft top convertible

rmb2830
July 08, 2018 12:19PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 446

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Scubadoo
I am surprised at the number of Mercedes I see on STX, someone is repairing and servicing them. You can probably get an older SLK in the states for not a lot of money and it's not uncommon to see over 300K miles on Mercedes.

Funny thought...in the mid to late 80's there were 3 Mercedes cars on stx. And one of the three was in the showroom that was just past the golden rock Mcdonalds. Another belonged to people owning furniture and decorating business south of Sunny Isle with the big fountain in front of their building.

How things change

Re: Shipping soft top convertible

terry
July 09, 2018 09:51PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 2,547

Most convertibles that were out durning the hurricane list the top and in some cases the side windows. Then the car flooded from the rain.
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