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Buying new car in US for export to VI

 
STTsailor
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I need a new car as my old island car is now a “mechanic special”

I called a dealer in FL and they will not export new car to VI unless it’s titled in FL first. I do not want to pay FL sales tax. All I want is to wire the money and have them deliver to STT cargo

what is a work around? 

my other thought is to buy in NC and register to my daughter and once titled have the car title signed off to me and I will fly and drive the car to Miami and drop it on the barge for STT. I just don’t want to wait a month until title is issued. Can I bring it down here w bill of sale only? 

Are any of u aware of Toyota dealer willing to ship to VI? 

Thanks for constructive solutions!

 

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Topic starter Posted : November 15, 2021 10:17 pm
Scubadoo
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No way around getting title in the states and paying state tax.  The dealers aren't allowed to sell to an individual without titling.  And the ocean transport will not accept a vehicle without title.  Went through the same thing last year.  NC has one of the lowest state taxes so if you can title there that may be your best bet.  You get a 30day tag to drive with out registering.  You don't need to register unless driving after 30days.  It will take a few weeks to receive the title.  For a few hundred you can have it trucked from NC to Jacksonville.  Insurance is still a good idea for the new vehicle while traveling to port.

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Posted : November 16, 2021 12:04 am
stjohnjulie
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If you call around some you may be able to find a dealer that will export and has done it before.  The problem with Toyota specifically is that there is a dealer on STT and technically they would have to get permission from them to do it.  I have been through this with Ford but have also been granted special permission to do it because of how poorly the local Ford dealership has treated us.  If you can find a used car that suits your needs that tends to make it a little easier for the dealers on export.  They will usually require you to send them a copy of the VI title just so they have it for their audit records on why you weren’t charged tax.  

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Posted : November 16, 2021 2:44 am
STTsailor
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NC has 3% tax on cars. Extra 1000 for state tax is a good deal. Shipping to JAX is no problem. Who is the shipper out of JAX? Is it Blue Ocean? Is there anybody else who does freight?

My problem is I need a car ASAP. Who is the best person (dealer) to turn to here on STT and is there a way to bypass sales people and deal with manager direct?

 

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Topic starter Posted : November 16, 2021 8:10 am
rewired
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@STTsailor

Is there one for sale by owner in south Florida that you like? They should have the title in hand and it shouldn't cost much to get it driven to the port in Miami.

Just a thought.

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Posted : November 16, 2021 8:38 am
STTsailor
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Visited local Toyota shop and it made a better sense to buy locally a new car as opposed to getting used from mainland. 

one word of caution that locals do not disclose Toyota to dealer incentives so I could and should have done $700 better. I found out about it after transactions was completed that my great negotiation skills were essentially factory to dealer incentives. 

I have always dealt with three major German brands as far as buying new and all transactions were done with full and advanced disclosure of my discounts. Ethics here have totally different face. Anyway, I’m venting here but it’s not really about the money but some degree of disappointment. Hopefully this is my last car on the rock. 

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Topic starter Posted : November 16, 2021 2:52 pm
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