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cholulazen
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March 13, 2014 2:02 am  

The cheapest I've found for a month-long car rental is $774/month + $381.54 tax for a total of $1,155.54 from AVIS. Does anyone know of any cheaper options? Thanks.


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wanderer
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March 13, 2014 2:13 am  

The cheapest I've found for a month-long car rental is $774/month + $381.54 tax for a total of $1,155.54 from AVIS. Does anyone know of any cheaper options? Thanks.

I had about the same monthly rate from Budget. I am thinking about visiting the island for another month, and I'd hate to pay another $1200 for the car rental. I am considering an electric golf cart instead. How practical would that be?


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March 13, 2014 10:26 am  

I am considering an electric golf cart instead. How practical would that be?

Not very practical and I doubt it's legal to drive them on public roads.


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Future Islander
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March 13, 2014 11:57 am  

I rented from Hertz, long term, for several years.

If you're a AAA member you receive a 10% discount.

For January 2014 I paid $1,040. (for 1 month).......I have now purchased a car.

I couldn't find anyone willing to rent a car for 3 to 4 months at a "reasonable" price.

F.I.


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March 13, 2014 12:02 pm  

Only the police seem to be allowed to drive golf carts on the street. I can't understand while if its illegal for me, why its legal for them.

Probably the same reason they can chat on their cell phone while driving without seat belts.


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Rowdy802
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March 13, 2014 1:14 pm  

The cheapest I've found for a month-long car rental is $774/month + $381.54 tax for a total of $1,155.54 from AVIS. Does anyone know of any cheaper options? Thanks.

I am wondering if you also checked with:

Centerline Car Rentals
888-288-8755

Skyline Car Rental
877-719-5990

Antilles Leasing
(340) 719-0414

Judi of Croix
877-903-2123


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mtdoramike
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March 13, 2014 2:59 pm  

First off, there are usually provisions in the law, which allows the head law enforcement authority to allow at their discretion the use of golf carts or other non road worthy vehicles to be used during certain times like special events and so forth. Also in some states they can authorize them to be use on public roads under the agriculture laws. They do sell electric golf cart/cars which are made road worthy or legal and can even be purchased using rebates from the US government which subsidizes programs to get people to use more electric vehicles.

They also sell gas powered golf carts that also be made road worthy.

But I have a question as to why the tax is so STEEP, when the taxes come close to the actual rental cost of the vehicle itself? This would be like a 50% tax rate? I'm not a math wiz nor a CPA, but this doesn't sound right to me.


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OldTart
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March 13, 2014 4:15 pm  

Only the police seem to be allowed to drive golf carts on the street. I can't understand while if its illegal for me, why its legal for them.

Probably the same reason they can chat on their cell phone while driving without seat belts.

Where have you seen golf carts being driven by police officers?

In most US jurisdictions law enforcement and emergency personnel are exempt from the cell phone while driving laws as well as seat belt laws.


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vicanuck
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March 13, 2014 5:00 pm  

OldTart...they have a golf cart at the Bassin Triangle station.

They also drive unlicensed quad runners on the street too.


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mtdoramike
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March 13, 2014 5:17 pm  

Most cities that sponsor a lot of special events use golf carts on a regular basis. My home town has a few that the police department uses as well as the city crew have a few as well as gas powered mules or 4 wheel ATV type vehicles that they use to get around town in, especially in the down town area collecting trash and enforcing parking. I bought 2 for the police department before I retired and they were both electric and street legal golf carts and were tagged and registered just as a normal vehicle would be. At that time, the federal government were offering Incentives to where it didn't cost the city hardly anything to buy them.


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Jumbie
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March 13, 2014 6:40 pm  

First off, there are usually provisions in the law, which allows the head law enforcement authority to allow at their discretion the use of golf carts or other non road worthy vehicles to be used during certain times like special events and so forth. Also in some states they can authorize them to be use on public roads under the agriculture laws. They do sell electric golf cart/cars which are made road worthy or legal and can even be purchased using rebates from the US government which subsidizes programs to get people to use more electric vehicles.

They also sell gas powered golf carts that also be made road worthy.

But I have a question as to why the tax is so STEEP, when the taxes come close to the actual rental cost of the vehicle itself? This would be like a 50% tax rate? I'm not a math wiz nor a CPA, but this doesn't sound right to me.

mtdoramike
Taxes have become outrageous in the last year or so with rental cars. When we rented in Feb 2014 for 2 weeks, Avis was by far the least expensive With our AARP Senior discount for 2 week rental was $432.17. Muliplying that out x 2 for a month would be roughly $864. I know taxes are a lot more than they used to be --thanks to the VI Gov't.

Jumbie


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speee1dy
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March 13, 2014 7:00 pm  

back in 1996 in the states i paid about 750 for a month, so i really dont see that they are that much more


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Rowdy802
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March 13, 2014 8:13 pm  

I think that what the OP listed as taxes is the total of the Surcharges/ Fees/ Taxes, hence the high amount... The insurance options will bring that total way up high... On my upcoming rental I have a $244 grand total with $40 for the Surch/ Fees/ Taxes... about 20% of the total.. the OP Surch/Fees/Taxes is a whopping 49%...

All I could think of that could be bloating the total is the insurance options... My rental is also with Avis and my insurance is via the credit card and not the rental car company...

As for the golf cart, even if allowed, I wouldn't drive one... It is not safe, and it will be severely limited in range... and that is without all the $$$$ you would have to dump into with all the upgrades you have to perform to make it street legal... Headlamps, front and rear turn signals, tail lamps, parking brake, exterior driver and passenger rear view mirrors, SEAT BELTS, an ASI certified windshield, and the front to rear side reflector stripes on both sides... Then the vehicle should not be operated at speeds faster than 25 m.p.h.... No thanks, I'll pay the rental car (that was properly crash tested to begin with) and have better chances of surviving and not suffer from range anxiety to boot...


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March 13, 2014 10:30 pm  

If you want to drive around in a golf cart, look into living on Water Island! 😀

It wouldn't be very safe to get around by golf cart on STJ public roads, even if it were legal.


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sheiba
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March 14, 2014 12:06 am  

My co-worker rents from centerline. Economy car for $800 month. Stx. Including tax.


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