Car parts availability, models to be weary of?
Are there makes to steer clear of on St Croix? For example, I could go to an auto parts store and get an 02 sensor for a Ford of many years but for a Honda, I'd have to order online. I plan to be working/living there soon, will initially be looking to buy a CHEAP-get-me-by vehicle, and I don't want to get burned. (Run of the mill stuff, not exotics).
On the inspection process, I understand this is an annual event and is NOT an exhaust sniffer type but rather to see if you have lights, brakes, legal tire tread. Any education is much appreciated. Thank-you.
The NAPA store has parts for most cars or can get them in a day or two.
GM, Ford, Jeep seem to be popular.
YUGO . I couldn't resist. Sometimes no matter what you drive, you may to order parts.
In my experience very few parts are going to be found on island regardless of what car you buy and if you do find them they'll be a LOT more expensive than ordering online. That said, I think you're less like to find parts for a European car than anything else on island. What I do is order parts from www.rockauto.com because they consistently have the lowest prices on the internet and they ship to your door via USPS Priority mail. I can usually get anything I need in about 5 business days or so at very reasonable rates (and for tires I use www.tirerack.com since they also ship via USPS and are a LOT cheaper than on-island options.)
I second GoodToGo's recommendation. Rockauto is CHEAP and very quick.
Forgot to mention, after your first order at RockAuto they send you a discount code you can use for 5% off future orders.