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SaraSherman63
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April 9, 2014 5:23 pm  

Wait what's te newish one? I misread. And there's LOTS of yoga here just mostly on beaches better than a studio lol.

The "newer" car we have is a Jeep cherokee, but hubby wanted to leave it stateside. What are you all seeing on STT right now for vehicles? reasonable prices and selection? We can't seem to get a good read on which option is a better deal, buying stateside and shipping or buying on STT.


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Rowdy802
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April 9, 2014 6:22 pm  

You can't go wrong with a RAV-4 or a CR-V...


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SaraSherman63
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April 10, 2014 2:51 pm  

We're running into some scammers on Craigslist while looking for vehicles....if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! 🙂

We've got a short term rental lined up, so at least we have somewhere to lay our heads the first night. Don't ask me how we'll get us and our luggage there, but I suppose a taxi will work for that!

How big of a deal is it to have a VI driver's license right away?


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Rowdy802
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April 10, 2014 3:10 pm  

How big of a deal is it to have a VI driver's license right away?

Click here http://www.usvibmv.org/exchange.php

It is not a biggie... As soon as you get a valid address, you may go for it...


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Ericw
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April 10, 2014 3:12 pm  

How big of a deal is it to have a VI driver's license right away?

Click here http://www.usvibmv.org/exchange.php

It is not a biggie... As soon as you get a valid address, you may go for it...

I finally got my license at the STJ BMV in a record breaking 27 minutes just a few weeks ago 😉 Went right when they opened, said all my good mornings, smiled, joined in the conversation that there was a shortage of shortbread cookies on the island and who was baking/selling them locally (didn't know this was a newsworthy problem, but hey), had all my paperwork and even more than required, and I was on my way!


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Exit Zero
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April 10, 2014 5:19 pm  

I just got my 10 yr.old car inspected and registered an hour ago.
From the time I turned into the STT BMV lot in Sub Base to the time I got back in my car with the new registration and new windshield sticker was exactly 12 minutes -- this is by far a personal best time and possibly an island wide record.
Everyone was pleasant and obviously efficient - personally I do wish they would do a more thorough car Inspection but I am not complaining since all my lights and safety equipment is in working order but since my car was washed and waxed and looking good they didn't check anything. I see too many cars every day with 1 headlight out and/or non working brake lights.
I brought my book and never had a chance to even open it!
I have done this chore many times over four decades and have never gotten so lucky. Thanks BMV - I can go spend the saved time at the beach.


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April 10, 2014 6:33 pm  

They should require emissions testing. I'm surprised that no environmental groups have ever pushed for this to happen here.


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April 10, 2014 7:21 pm  

They should require emissions testing. I'm surprised that no environmental groups have ever pushed for this to happen here.

Quickly off-topic... On several occasions, so called auto mechanics tried to convince me of removing components of the emissions system on my cars... It is an extremely bad habit in the VI's... I lost count of the number of cars I've seen with the "Service Engine Soon" light illuminated... Whenever I asked why I was always given a stupid reason... The most common: "If you remove the catalytic converter the car will use less fuel and be more powerful"... What did I do? I spent my hard earned money on a new converter... $700 including a warranty...

The argument will be, who should be responsible for purchasing the testing equipment, personnel training, and equipment maintenance... Then the other huge problem is whether the car owners will bring the cars into compliance and, if they refuse, what will they do about it... We are talking of a huge number of vehicles, not including the ones missing bumpers, fenders, etc...

I do agree with you a 100%... I always found it ironic when someone would complaint about the Hovensa emissions then drive off in a smoky clunker...

Enough topic hijacking... back to pulling the trigger on relocating... 🙂


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April 10, 2014 7:22 pm  

IT WOULD COST THEM TOO much to do that.

alana, you certainly have been lucky with banco popular. we never were. i have stood in line for over an hour at all banks here except bank of st croix. and have had multiple problems with wires at banco popular and first


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April 10, 2014 8:05 pm  

I just got my 10 yr.old car inspected and registered an hour ago.
From the time I turned into the STT BMV lot in Sub Base to the time I got back in my car with the new registration and new windshield sticker was exactly 12 minutes -- this is by far a personal best time and possibly an island wide record.

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Exit Zero, that possibly is an island wide record!

You hit the BMV at the right time :@)


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April 10, 2014 8:07 pm  

I'll count my blessing as wire transfers have gone thru quickly and was in bank today to do a transaction I couldn't do at the drive-thru (my favorite way to do my banking) and I was in and out in 10 min. When I have had any problems, their manager has been move than helpful in resolving whatever issue.


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C_Ray6
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April 10, 2014 8:15 pm  

Just say no to emission checks. They have it here in Ohio and it is a sham. 98% of the vehicles pass. Most of the cars that do not pass could be pulled over, ticketed, and towed for unsafe vehicle. It is only required in select counties. The largest County in Ohio where the state capital is located and which has the most amount of vehicles registered is not subject to emissions testing because that is where the politicians register their vehicles. After waiting for an hour to get tested you'll be out of the test garage only to be passed by a dump truck, bus, or other commercial vehicle billowing black smoke because those vehicles are exempt. Testing companies grease the pockets of politicians.


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CruzanIron
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April 10, 2014 8:19 pm  

When you consider the amount of asthma and other respiratory problems in the VI caused by vehicle pollution, I'm surprised that no one has ever considered making it mandatory.

Do you know that respiratory problems increase the closer that a person lives to a highway?


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C_Ray6
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April 10, 2014 8:23 pm  

If they do they should start with commercial trucks and buses and the like. They usually start with the working class trying to get by though.


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April 10, 2014 8:26 pm  

Yep, diesels and commercial vehicles first, then work the way down.


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Rowdy802
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April 10, 2014 8:33 pm  

Just say no to emission checks. They have it here in Ohio and it is a sham. 98% of the vehicles pass. Most of the cars that do not pass could be pulled over, ticketed, and towed for unsafe vehicle. It is only required in select counties. The largest County in Ohio where the state capital is located and which has the most amount of vehicles registered is not subject to emissions testing because that is where the politicians register their vehicles. After waiting for an hour to get tested you'll be out of the test garage only to be passed by a dump truck, bus, or other commercial vehicle billowing black smoke because those vehicles are exempt. Testing companies grease the pockets of politicians.

Hijacking... again... Sorry..

Even if they don't make it mandatory, it should be the owner's responsibility and moral obligation to maintain the car up to operation standards AND protect the environment... Including leaky cars that no Depend or diaper can cure...Just saying...

Part of the problem in the USA is that it doesn't have a national standard for all the states to follow.. Different emission standard for different production vehicles in different states... Slowly but surely, the government has begun to try and push a national standard...

end of hijacking... Back to the program in progress... 😉


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C_Ray6
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April 10, 2014 8:36 pm  

Agreed! (and I'm sorry too)


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