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EastEndTransplants
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August 29, 2017 2:31 pm  

Hi there!
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?


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speee1dy
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August 29, 2017 3:43 pm  

i have seen big vehicles here .


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Scubadoo
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August 29, 2017 3:47 pm  

We have all sizes. We have dually extended cab pickups. Small has it's advantages though. We have lots of small and medium sized, probably in part due to cost. All depends on where you need to park and where you need to go.


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August 29, 2017 4:24 pm  

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.


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August 29, 2017 5:03 pm  

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?


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EastEndTransplants
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August 29, 2017 5:03 pm  

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?


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speee1dy
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August 29, 2017 5:48 pm  

there are expensive cars on island. if you love your car-bring it.


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singlefin
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August 29, 2017 6:26 pm  

Im always surprised to see a Mercedes or BMW, ect... I have no idea where you can have any of them properly serviced.
And there are more here than I ever imagined there would be.


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EastEndTransplants
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August 29, 2017 6:32 pm  

Thanks everyone for all of the assistance! Is there a GM dealership on Island? Just curious


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NorthsideKevin
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August 29, 2017 7:02 pm  

LOL! Yeah, there's a GM dealer. Get all your repairs done for the life of the vehicle before you leave the States. These guys WROTE the "consumer protection" laws with themselves in mind.


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August 29, 2017 7:13 pm  

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.


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August 29, 2017 7:46 pm  

I ended shopping almost exclusively at Plaza Extra because they had nice, large parking spaces.


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Light
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August 29, 2017 7:46 pm  

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! ????


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August 30, 2017 1:33 am  

A renter in our complex has a small Mercedes SUV in nice shape. I guess getting warranty service is out of the question. No idea what they do for regular service or repair. Ship it to the dealer in PR? I've seen someone driving around in one of those retro T-birds.


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August 30, 2017 10:59 am  

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.

CD


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NorthsideKevin
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August 30, 2017 11:24 am  

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.


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August 30, 2017 11:31 am  

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.


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August 30, 2017 2:01 pm  

Don't forget rust and corrosion, it's going to happen. Whatever you bring make sure all suspension, tires and steering components are in good condition. Keep your car waxed it cuts down on salt corrosion, depending on where your staying of course.


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EastEndTransplants
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August 30, 2017 2:32 pm  

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.


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August 30, 2017 3:02 pm  

If you've got the money we have several car wash options. Most are hand wash that I've seen.


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speee1dy
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August 30, 2017 4:50 pm  

government parking lot has nice car wash guys


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August 31, 2017 10:51 pm  

Don't forget the guys in Gallows Bay--


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vicanuck
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September 1, 2017 11:08 am  

In one of the other message boards, I saw someone suggest that the cars be rinsed every other day or so.

I don't know anyone who does this. Water is very expensive.


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September 1, 2017 12:11 pm  

My truck hasn't been washed in 3 years now, I figure the dirt is like SPF300; no clear coat issues for me!

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?


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