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singlefin
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Buying a "new", not used vehicle.
Would prefer a Jeep, Ford, Toyota, or Honda. Whereas every manufacturer has decent vehicles, it's the local dealership I'll be doing business with for the first few years (until the warranty is up).
Anyone "happy" with any of these local dealerships???

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Topic starter Posted : January 17, 2016 6:42 pm
speee1dy
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i think we are down to 2 new car dealers on stx. metro motors is one, golden rock near pueblo. the other ( not sure of the name ) is down the road a bit

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Posted : January 18, 2016 10:39 am
SausageInTheCan
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Stay away from Caribbean Auto Mart!!

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Posted : January 18, 2016 11:48 am
singlefin
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Sausage,
I've seen other posts of yours stating your dislike of CAM. What specifically happened to you over there?
Is there a dealership you are happy with?
Thx

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Topic starter Posted : January 18, 2016 12:27 pm
speee1dy
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HE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS MENTIONED A dislike for caribbean auto mart.

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Posted : January 18, 2016 12:39 pm
Oldie1
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Ship a car in, there are several very good mechanics here who won't rip you off .

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Posted : January 18, 2016 1:24 pm
speee1dy
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if you can do it, i agree with oldie1

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Posted : January 18, 2016 3:05 pm
Finatic
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If you are a cash buyer, it is often more affordable to buy a new vehicle stateside and have it shipped.

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Posted : January 18, 2016 6:36 pm
singlefin
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Really?
I plan to ship my 09 Chevy pick-up. It's still in great shape and low miles. I'd like to buy a new, small 4dr, SUV here too. That would keep me in good shape, vehicle wise, for a decade...hopefully.

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Topic starter Posted : January 18, 2016 8:36 pm
bathiel
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My biggest problem with buying on island is selection. Unless you really don't have much of a preference for what you get, the pickins are slim. That's why we opted to buy in the states and ship down. We got exactly what we wanted and were able to prep it for the rigors of island life much less expensively (i.e., undercoating and such). From a cost perspective, we probably ended up paying around the same amount as we would have if we bought on island once you figure in the shipping costs. But we had the benefit of selecting from a much broader pool of candidates.

Bernie

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Posted : January 19, 2016 12:39 am
SausageInTheCan
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Sausage,
I've seen other posts of yours stating your dislike of CAM. What specifically happened to you over there?
Is there a dealership you are happy with?
Thx

They screw over employees and customers. They rip people off on new and used car sales along with improperly diagnosed and repaired vehicles. I know several people that swear they would ride a donkey before they went back there.
I also personally know two people who were hired to work there and got screwed on their relocation offers at the last minute. Then they have the nerve to complain they can't find good reliable help.

P.S. It's Mr. Sausage please.

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Posted : January 19, 2016 1:04 pm
singlefin
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Thanks, "Mr. Sausage" and others.
After discussing this with a few local neighbors, it seems Metro Motors (Ford) is the way to go. I've had several Fords over the years that have served me well. Now I can start narrowing down vehicle options.

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Topic starter Posted : January 19, 2016 1:48 pm
SausageInTheCan
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🙂

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Posted : January 19, 2016 4:24 pm
CruzanIron
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HE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS MENTIONED A dislike for caribbean auto mart.

Still waiting for a part for a safety belt recall 3 months later

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Posted : January 19, 2016 7:37 pm
OldTart
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I've had several Fords over the years that have served me well.

I'd never owned a Ford before the last vehicle which was an Explorer and I was happily surprised at how solid it was and how little went wrong with it. Parts were really easy to find too (although I had them shipped from off island as they were way less expensive than buying them here)! I've been in a couple of Escapes in the last year and seems to me they're a really good island vehicle - same solid build, very comfortable ride and plenty of room. Have fun searching!

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Posted : January 19, 2016 8:03 pm
SausageInTheCan
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HE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS MENTIONED A dislike for caribbean auto mart.

Still waiting for a part for a safety belt recall 3 months later

Uh duh the parts are on order, the sun was in my eyes when the order was put in, the boat is slow to get here.......we can't find any one who knows how to install it because we screw over employees......

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Posted : January 20, 2016 11:28 am
rmb2830
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penfed credit union in the states will process auto loans for USVI residents and non-residents to buy cars on island or off. Can buy a car in the states and have it shipped to the islands. Don't think they will finance the shipping cost though.

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Posted : January 20, 2016 5:22 pm
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