Car transport Cost
I was just wondering for anyone who has recently relocated, about how much should it cost to bring a car, preferably from the NE (not Miami). I have monitored the boards & the prices are a lot higher for very used cars out there so I would just as soon bring my car with me. Any information would be GREATLY appreciated. Also, is that the norm (used cars costing a lot more on the Islands, specifically STX) are new cars marked up as well?
Call tropical shipping. They will give you the cost to transport the vehicle of land to Miami and then to here. But remember you will need to pay an import duty, a tax and road fee. Call the USVI gov for that.
My best guess is that the transport from will be about 2000 and the land transport will be about 1100.
what kind of car are you shipping and what kind of car do you want. sometimes cheaper to just get one here. by the time you ship, pay road tax and all the other little things, easier to buy here. I have shipped a total of 5 cars. (don't ask me why)
of course cars may be a bit more here but i think the dealers here and ready to wheel and deal a bit.
Bought a hybrid here and it was actually cheaper then what they are selling them for in the states...Dealer said they are not as popular here because locals don't want to pay to have a mechanic do the maintenance on one when they can do it themselves on a regular car. I have no idea if thats true just that you can get a little bit of a deal. It was really sad to give up the island car. She did right by us for many years. 🙂
Look up your vin number on the internet to see if it was made foreign or domestic. I believe the rule is 6% from mexico and canada (because of nafta) and 3.5% for the rest. But double check that as well.
I highly recommend Lee Flemming of Managed Freight. He did an extraordinary job getting my boat and trailer here last year and I plan to use him again soon for shipping car(s). I don't have his number handy but he's a forum sponsor so you'll see his advertisement pop up at the top of the page periodically.
As Dixie said, you can save shipping/road tax/duty by buying here, just be careful as to the condition of the cars here.
I brought this up before, you will be amazed just how much a vehicle can get screwed up here in a few short years.
I would get some mad by saying our drivers are akin to crash dummy's & our mechanics are like the AAMCO transmission commercials.
Not ALL are, just most.