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moving to vi. car?

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hi everybody, i just got out of the army and am moving to virgin islands to go to school at univ virgin islands in st thomas. How do i get my car over there? whats the cheapest way? also, i would appreciate any other advice you think i would need, like how much it is to get a cheap place to live by the school etc. is the cost of living there high? is there plenty of jobs like at resorts and stuff?

Posted : July 24, 2005 3:28 pm
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I attended UVI on an abroad program two years ago and plan on moving to STT in October. What will you be studying?

There have been many threads on these boards that will answer your questions. The best way to find them is to use the search function and type in shipping car, jobs, Island Trader, housing and see if that gives you the answers you were looking for.

Posted : July 24, 2005 7:34 pm
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Hi Jeremy,
Welcome to the board 🙂
We just shipped a 2004 Jeep Liberty and we used Lee at Managed Freight (fabulous) so we wouldn't have to deal with registering it in STT as he takes care of it all. Here is the cost breakdown:

West Palm Beach to STT $1045.00

Personal Use Tax (value of vehicle x 4%) $780.00

Road Tax (weight of vehicle x .16) $528.00

Managed Freight processing fee $330.00

DMV licensing and registration fee $110.00

GR Tax $69.00

Total cost $1797

We drove to West Palm ourselves and delivered it to Tropical Shipping.

Hope this helps

Posted : July 24, 2005 10:16 pm
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Hi all,

Can someone tell me what taxes/fees you need to pay if you were to buy a car on-island rather than ship it?


Posted : July 25, 2005 1:56 pm
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Jeremy - The only way to get your car here is to ship it via barge. Not really cheap though; various taxes and fees involved.

An apartment close to UVI - this might be a little tough because there aren't too many options to put you right close to the campus. You could go North/West side of the island - but that involves going up/down a steep mountain so you'd need a car or something. There is also a residential area on the right side of the campus, not an area I like but different strokes for different folks. Finding a place often involves being on island and calling up availabilities listed in the newspaper classifieds. You can find a cost of living section on this site - click on home at the top and then cost of living. Yes there is work to be had in the resorts, particularly easy to get during high season (mid-Nov-May).

Keith - If you buy a used car on island from owner you'd pay for the car and registration and insurance. A new car, you'd pay road tax also. You wouldn't pay the personal tax on a car bought on island.


Posted : July 25, 2005 3:54 pm
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I believe your figures actually add up to a total cost of $2862 for shipping, etc.

Posted : July 26, 2005 10:19 am
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Yeah Piaa,
Is it $2862 or $1797

Posted : July 26, 2005 1:11 pm
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Hi Everyone 🙂
You guy's are right (unfortunately :() The total cost was $2862.00 I was looking at the bill from Managed Freight for $1797.00 - which was for all the "extras" and then there is the bill to Tropical, which is seperate, for the cost of $1045.00 so total is $2862.00. Sorry for the misinformation.

Posted : July 26, 2005 1:30 pm
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