Possible to ship a new car?
I’m looking at buying a new car in Ft Lauderdale and shipping to STT. A couple of the dealers I have contacted said they can’t ship a new car out of the country, but a used car is fine.
Since STT is technically still USA why would this be an issue? Has anyone bought a new car and shipped it without first registering in the USA? I want to avoid the state sales tax so don’t want to register first and then ship.
I don’t understand why there would be difference between new and used. I suspect the issue is a dealer can’t sell a car without it being registered and insured. You might ask the STT registry if it’s possible to get a plate, after paying the appropriate taxes and showing proof of insurance. If you could give the dealer the plates it might work. I wonder if you could transfer plates from a different vehicle?
I may have figured out the difference between new and used. A used vehicle has an existing title that can be used by the registry to complete the new registration process. I’m not sure if a new car has an existing title as it sits on the dealers lot as it never been registered. I needed the title to register my Jeep in the VI’s. Just speculation on my part.
I have purchased new for export for commercial purposes. I have a fleet number with Ford and have purchased with a Ford dealer that works with export. The vehicles were all titled in the business name. I think it has something to do with individual vs commercial titling. Also, in the USVI, you can't get insurance on a vehicle that is being imported without the bill of lading and you don't get that until the ocean vessel has set sail. And you can't register a vehicle and get plates for it here without insurance. So that wouldn't work.
Upon speaking with several new car Jeep dealerships, they cannot sell a new car for export even to USVI. They have said the car must be registered in the US for at least one year. I believe it has something to do with their agreement with the manufacturer, but no one from the sales team can specifically says why it cannot be done.