Big Vehicle Question
So we are thinking of shipping down my Cadillac ESV over to STX prior to our move next year. When I was there, I don't recall seeing too many big vehicles on island. Is there a reason for this? Would an ESV be overkill over there?
I've been trying to think how to say this politely. You may want to consider what sort of message is conveyed by your arrival to the island with an enormous Cadillac.
Some people may scoff, some may like the car, most won't care or even notice.
If you feel you have a need for a large vehicle for logistical purposes you will only incur parking or access problems like anyone else driving a vehicle of similar size.
It may not be easy to sell eventually?
Yes, I did consider this also....although it's not for showing off, it's just convenience as this is my everyday vehicle in Orlando....and we are quite used to the space etc. Plus, it's a vehicle that I own and love it too much to part with it.
Obviously I don't want to raise any eyebrows or give anyone the misconception that we are wealthy and therefore becoming a potential target for violence.....although I'm sure that there are others on the island that have much more expensive vehicles....perhaps?
The size of the car, not make/model is your biggest concern. Roads are narrow as are parking spaces, entrances to private drives, garage/carports and similar structures. You'll also find maneuvering the car in tight spaces and turnarounds can sometimes be difficult.
We have a Toyota Land Cruiser which is similar size - spouse hates driving it around the island always complaining that it is TOO BIG.
We rented a Jeep Wrangler two door while we were there at STX. I can't imagine driving anything much bigger than that on STX...let alone driving a nice Caddy because the roads are horrible and the insane curves around all the roads!
On that note. I wish I was there now driving on those curvy roads with the views! ????
I have one of only a few Ford Excursions on STX.
Never have a problem parking or driving on our less than ideal roads.
Most of the Taxis on Island are large Vans and we have lots of trucks that deliver water and containers all over the island without too much trouble.
If you like your vehicle bring it.
I had a GMC 3/4 Ton 4x4 on STT years ago. Loved that truck, because the Safaris and taxis would give you a wide berth for a change.
Bear in mind any vehicle is going to be subject to door dings, dents and the usual "taxi backing up until it stops" assault in the parking lots. Trying to keep a "mint" vehicle in the V.I. is a full time undertaking.
I have a Toyota Land Cruiser, a GMC Yukon and an Acura MDX.
You will never have any issues driving, parking or being judged by your vehicle here no matter the size, make, model or year.
Like everywhere else in the states, vehicles of every make and model are found here.
Mercedes, BMW's and the like are no more difficult to service than any other type of vehicle and parts are readily available via the internet or local auto parts dealers.
There are lots of Cadillacs here...they're nothing special anymore.
Thanks for all of the advice everyone. I really appreciate all of the great info. I will be living very near the water, so I know that the salt is going to be an issue. Washing my cars was always a chore so I guess I'm going to have to start liking it now LOL. I will definitely be sure to wax as well. In one of the other message boards, I saw someone suggest that the cars be rinsed every other day or so. Where my house is, we only have a carport and not a covered garage.....I guess it will probably be a good idea to look into sealing up the carport and turning it into a garage to prevent rust and corrosion as much as possible.
My truck hasn't been washed in 3 years now, I figure the dirt is like SPF300; no clear coat issues for me!
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