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victoria
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July 22, 2005 12:53 am  

Just wanted to say what a wonderful board this is and I am hoping to receive the same great advice!

I am 23 and will be moving to STT from NYC in early October to work for about two years. I currently do not own a car due to living in Manhattan. I am wondering what to do about getting a car.

I would like to buy a used car, preferably a Jeep Wrangler but need it to be in good condition so that I don't have to worry about car repairs. However, I have about $3,000 saved and I don't want to use all that cash for a car upfront. If I plan on staying in STT for atleast two years, Would you recommend that I finance a car through a dealership, or get a personal loan and then buy a car?

If I should get a loan, is it possible to get one in the states before I move down to STT??


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sissem
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July 22, 2005 1:59 am  

Hey Victoria...we're a couple from NYC also moving to the islands, but STX. We are in a similar situation, wondering if there are options to finance something. I have just begun to research it, will let you know what I find out. What will you be doing in STT?


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victoria
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July 22, 2005 2:55 pm  

That would be great if you could let me know what you find. I will be working at a resort.

IF anyone else has any advice/suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!


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Marty on STT
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July 22, 2005 3:42 pm  

You can pick upa reliable Suzuki Samurai (called a "Jeep" here) for about $1,500. It may not be pretty, but in STT, drivability is more important than beauty (unlike most States, where the kind of car you drive is a reflection of the person driving it. Not so here.) Call the Virgin Islands Daily News, ask for "Circulation", and they will mail you an "Island Trader" for $4. Check it out. That's the best way to get an idea of what types/costs of vehicles being sold here.


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July 24, 2005 3:45 pm  

we just moved back from stt to ny after living in stt this year. getting a car is an experience! the island trader is a great resource- it comes out on thursdays. just remember to take the car to a reputable mechanic to check it out before you buy it. they usually will do it for 15-20 dollars. we had an older jeep and had our fair share of car issues. once you get down there, word of mouth is the best way to find a reliable mechanic. if you live off of the 1dollar taxi (ex. the east end) route you may not need a car. if you live on the north side, which we did, you need a car. of course, you can get amazing views there! good luck!


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Marty on STT
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July 24, 2005 4:10 pm  

Just so everyone knows, the dollar rides are now $2.


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victoria
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July 24, 2005 7:25 pm  

Thanks for the advice on the mechanic.

Does anyone know what range a 2003- 2005 Jeep Wrangler goes for in STT??


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Marty on STT
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July 24, 2005 7:31 pm  

Hard or soft top? 6 cylinder or 4? Those two factors make a big difference. In general, you can pretty much add about $2K to what they go for in the States.


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victoria
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July 24, 2005 7:37 pm  

Hmm seeing as I don't know that much about cars. What would you recommend? Is having a soft top a real hassle? I don't plan on going off roading or anything like that. But I am a 23 yr female moving alone so basically I want the best quality car bc I don't want to have to worry about any repairs, etc for as long as possible.

Thank you Marty for being so helpful.


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Marty on STT
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July 25, 2005 6:00 pm  

A hardtop is definitely more secure, as you can lock up the Jeep. Well, you can lock up a soft top, but all someone has to do to get into it is unzip it. A hardtop is more expensive than the soft top, though. Since you don't plan on 'off-roading', I think you should go with the 4 cylinder, as they use less gas, and at $3 a gallon you want to use as little as possible! Haha! You can call the Daily news at 340-774-8772, ask for circulation, and they will mail you an 'Island Trader'. That'll give you an idea of what's currently available.


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