I'm new to this message board but I've been lurking for a while now.
What new cars are sold in the US VI and on what island? US? Japanese? EU? What about Mercedes?
Thanks for your help
All the common brands, but no Mercedes dealer on STX.
On STX I think you'll find all the common domestic and Japanese luxury brands but not a single European luxury brand.
there are no mercedez dealerships in the vi the are all serve by Garage isla verde in San Juan puerto rico the only authorize mercedez benz dealer for the islands go to mbusa.com get the phone number the offer sales and service in st croix and st thomas
ie. if something goes wrong, you have to fly a mechanic in to analyze the problem with the computer that he/she brings with them.
(I've had friends with a BMW SUV have to do this)
IMO high end luxury cars are going to attract the wrong kind of attention.
And they will be hard to get them service properly. Just get a nice toyota or honda. You can just stick your lexus emblem on the toyota. 😉 Main thing you want here is something that is reliable. You will have to run enough errands living here, you always waiting for something, you don't really want to always be visiting the mechanic as well.
Thanks to all of you. I like Japanese cars too. I think a mid-size sedan (or Crossover) and a convertible would be a good combination for the island. Since there are very few Japanese convertibles I thought about Mercedes (and BMW). By the way, a Jeep Wrangler could work too.
Unless you have covered parking for a convertible it is very hard to maintain a cloth top - sun, moisture, mold, droppings etc.
Not many Vi homes have garages and at least a carport would be necessary - a really good car cover can work in a pinch but not as a long term solution.
Jeeps seem to be more durable to outdoor storage - but still need some kind of protection to endure.
A convertible would be like a Jeep wrangler, you could never leave anything in it. They will rip the top to get to your stuff. I don't know about stt but there are very few of them on stx. It rains all the time and so many are low to the ground its bad with potholes. The wranglers have a high resale value, but most of them have maintenance issues. I've always prefered an SUV living here. You don't need 4 wheel drive though or at least you don't on stx. There are definitely areas where you can use it, but mostly it would rarely get any use. I really really like the new feature toyota has with dealing with hills, its help me quite a few times so far with parking on steep hills downtown.
I see quite a few of those Jeeps here on STX. One of my co-workers has one and as said above he keeps NOTHING in it. Also no fun in the rain since the owners usually don't have the sides/windows handy when the rain starts.
If you're interested in one for the island I recommend you buy two as one will probably always be at the shop for repair.
roki! Where have you been? I was wondering if you left island.
i have been very busy!!! doing other projects in the islands i still have my residence in peterborg i simply don't have time to look at the boards
Roki: I don't mean to impinge on your very busy schedule, but how is your Yacht Haven business? As I recall that was the reason you moved here. 🙂
Due to high cost of rent and low business in Yacht haven at this moment i am currently doing consulting from my home honestly this is not the time to invest high sums of money in retail. As soon as i see this economy bottom and stabilize i will continue with my plan once again i am loving my life here in st thomas i am pretty much doing what i love fishing boating and island hoping.
roki: You were pretty active here asking for advice when you were moving and starting your business. Hadn't heard from you in awhile and it is always interesting to hear how things turn out. Sorry about Yacht Haven.