Island Car Advice
Hello! Moving back to STT and I would love some advice on what car to bring/buy.
Option 1 -We have a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee that we could ship from TN. It's nice, but it's black with black leather and is starting to have some computer issues (lights blinking etc.) Bring it and hope it doesn't become a money pit?
Option 2 - trade it here and buy something else to ship.
I like a Toyota 4Runner but worry it's too big and heavy. My mom had one on STT years ago and switched to Rav4s because they are lighter, but we have 2 sons and might get a boat and I really like a bigger SUV that's higher off the ground.
I also like the idea of a Jeep Wrangler but maybe we should go for a Toyota if we are trading anyway?
Option 3 - sell and buy something there. I bought a little compact car from Budget years and years ago and I gave it to my sister when I left and it drove forever so maybe we could get a Jeep from Budget? But not sure if that would save money in the long run.
My family all lives on STT and all have different (strong) opinions of what we should do so I am looking for advice from strangers instead to make up my mind!
My vote goes for best American car manufacturer TOYOTA.
Exact model depends on your mission but it seems like SUVs can handle cargo quite well and that comes so handy here. My pick would be 4-Runner if Vin starts with 1, 4 or 5.
Shipping unreliable car to STT doesn’t make sense at all. All the part have to be imported and local mechanics are not capable of the same what mainland dealership can do for your car.
Getting car on STT from Budget is reasonable but rentals get sold to public mostly in the spring. These cars are 1-2 years old and are under warranty. Expect to spend $20-24K.
I discovered the Jeep Cherokee has the highest American made content of any vehicle made. We shipped down our 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk about a year ago. It’s been great so far and has reasonable off road capability if needed. We will also be shipping down our 2018 JLU Wrangler Rubicon at the end of next month. There are a lot of Jeep’s on the island so it should be possible to find someone who know how to fix them if something goes wrong. That said it would be hard to go wrong with a Toyota.
I don't know if STT is different, but on STX I haven't heard of a dealer that would service a vehicle over 10 model years old. If the vehicle is in good shape, some of the independent shops are willing to talk to you, but whether they'll work on it is often dependent on the condition of the vehicle (rust, salt damage, etc.)
I just thought I'd mention it in case you bring down an older car.
Hopefully someone on STT can clarify whether that's the case there.
@jaldeborgh That's good to know, we have loved our Grand Cherokee. We had a Liberty as our second car and loved that as well. I have always thought it would be fun to have a Wrangler.
@rewired Ugh such a pain. I know my families favorite mechanic on STT passed away. My mom does take her older Rav4 somewhere, I think near sub base? But I am really trying to do whatever is easiest. Things are inconvenient enough without an old car to deal with!
Maybe we will look at 4Runners and Wranglers that are a few years old and see what it will cost to purchase in TN or FL and have shipped.
We are planning to being furniture as well, maybe it can ship together?
As @daveb722 said, check with your shipping company, but I think the car and home goods can be in the same container, BUT nothing except the keys and a copy of the title are allowed to be in the vehicle (DON'T try to save shipping by loading it up with stuff).
Depending on where you'll be on the island and whether you would use it, 4 wheel drive is popular and 4WD suspensions are usually much stronger so they last longer (pot holes seem to multiply).
4Runners, RAV4s and Tacomas are all popular as well as Wranglers and trucks. You'll find a pretty good amount of information on shipping cars in this forum.
Best of luck with the move!
Love this forum, I've learned quite a bit from reading comments and suggestion over the past two years while we plan our move. Wife and I are relocating to STX next spring from St Petersburg, FL. We did our PMV last summer and loved it. We are buying a RAV4 to move with. Do I need 4WD or AWD? I drove a small Hyundai there for one week and did not have any difficulty navigating the roads, but we did not go off the main roads. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks.