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swhitey
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I'm looking for car dealers in St Thomas. Do they have a Mercedes, Hummer, Toyota, Ford, Infinity dealer? I can't find a website at all for any car dealers in st thomas?

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Topic starter Posted : March 18, 2006 12:12 pm
swhitey
(@swhitey)
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I'm looking for car dealers in St Thomas. Do they have a Mercedes, Hummer, Toyota, Ford, Infinity dealer? I can't find a website at all for any car dealers in st thomas?

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Topic starter Posted : March 18, 2006 12:14 pm
dntw8up
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swhitey,

The phone numbers you requested can be found here:

http://www.viphonebook.com/

You will likely need to be on island for anyone to deal with you seriously; for a number of reasons islanders strongly prefer to do business face to face. Also, there is very little selection here for most of the items you've mentioned so you may wish to consider buying them stateside and shipping them down. As an example, I wanted to buy a new Toyota in October of last year, called the local dealer, was told that they did not have any models of the Toyota I was looking for and had no idea if/when they'd get any so I ended up ordering one stateside and having it shipped. There are places that can order electronics but they will not necessarily have the selection or competitive prices to which you are accustomed. Setting up the services you mention will require your presence on island and matching identification including a social security card, which is needed for almost everything here despite the fact that it is rarely used as id in the states. After you close on your condo your best bet would be to set aside a few weeks to come here and set-up housekeeping. You can then begin the process of procuring services and also talk to shopkeepers who advertise in the phone book as able to order the electronics you're looking for. They will steer you to people who install the systems you wish to have installed. Most of this networking is based on personal contact so you'll need some face to face time with individuals who will recommend people for the next stage of your project and those people will then recommend people for the next stage and so on. Most importantly, you will need to adjust your expectations to the island. Things don't work here the way they do stateside. You say in some of your posts that money is no object and what you need to understand is that obtaining the things in your posts is not simply a matter of money. They way things work here is complex and in order to avoid paralyzing frustration you will need to adapt to the nuances of working within the island's myriad of idiosyncrasies. Of course, first you need to discover those idiosyncrasies, a process that unfolds for many years. Most of us who live here choose to do so despite the inconveniences, which requires plenty of patience and the ability to remember why you chose to live here in order to avoid becoming too frustrated to stay.

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Posted : March 18, 2006 4:12 pm
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