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VIpirate
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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.  

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Topic starter Posted : November 9, 2019 12:37 pm
jaldeborgh
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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?

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Posted : November 9, 2019 6:23 pm
jaldeborgh
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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.

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Posted : November 9, 2019 7:02 pm
stjohnjulie
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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.  

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Posted : November 10, 2019 5:20 am
VIpirate
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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.  

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Topic starter Posted : November 10, 2019 10:54 pm
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