Help Car Troubles/Public Transpo
I am moving to STT from NY for a new job in June, and I want to have my car shipped. However, I have only had the car about 4 months (it is financed). Has anyone had experience with shipping a new car/getting permission from the bank to ship? Or if I'm not allowed to bring my car, can anyone suggest an alternative? I am hoping I might be able to take public trans to and from work (near the Tutu shopping center, I guess this is the east end?), but I'm not faliliar with how extensive or reliable the transportation system is there. Any advice or insight on the matter would be much appreciated!
You have to have a certificate of Tittle for your car in order to register it here or a release from your bank.
Your bank has to write a notarized letter authorizing you to bring it to the VI.
Check with them, first.
Public transportation is not very reliable, IMO. There are Safari buses ($2 rides) but you have to live along the route they will take.
It'll be a pain to grocery shop, go different places without a car as they don't cover all locations. You need a car on STT.
For instance if I saw a bus or a safari taxi on the northside of STT, I'd think I was hallucinating since NONE come out this way.
You'd be way happier with a car to get around and to get to work on time!
Tutu Shopping Center is not quite east end but the safari and public buses do run from east end to thru that area into town and out by airport and west end (buses, anyway).
Good luck on the public bus and safari schedules. It's usually catch as catch can.
I would be working near the Tutu shopping center and living on the northside. Are gypsy taxis very expensive? Is the northside out of the way?
That's going to be an almost impossible commute if you have to rely on public transportation. How much a gypsy driver will charge you depends on your working hours, where on the North side you'll be living and other factors. Have you not had time to read all the information on this site about what to expect - is this a job transfer which came about very quickly? If it's a job transfer then hopefully your employers can help you out if you're not able to bring your car here. Is your car one which is easily serviced here, adaptable to island road conditions? In many cases it's better to sell a vehicle which isn't suited to the island and buy something used here.
Anyway, hope it all works out for you! (tu)
What you need is a copy of retail installment contract. Does it contain provisions regarding removing "the collateral" from the contiguous US? Some loan servicers may not want to deal, because the VI isn't a code in their drop down menu. Look at your contract throughly. I f you can't bring your car, look into long term rentals. You and/or your employer may be able to deduct the cost of the rental (easier tax situation than providing a company car). Or, just purchase cheep island beater.
An East End rental location might be better for you as at least you have the safari bus options.
This will place you relatively close to beaches, grocery stores, bars and restaurants along the route to Tutu Park Mall, at least until you figure things out or are able to purchase a car if not allowed to bring yours. Taking a taxi, even a gypsy cab might end up cost prohibitive and undependable, in the long run.