Should I bring my 2016 Range Rover to STT?
I have a 2016 Range Rover with about 35K miles located in Atlanta. This is the newest model and so far has been flawless with only oil changes needed.
I am not driving it much and need a car in STT. I haven’t seen many RR’s on the road in STT, and wondering if there is service available short of going to PR.
I guess that I can buy a Jeep Wrangler and have no issues with service, but obviously it’s night and day versus the RR in ride quality plus I already own the RR.
There will NOT be a “night and day” difference between a Range Rover and a Jeep Wrangler here. 90% of the roads are twisty, hilly, and pot hole ridden. Many are unpaved. You will never use cruise control here. Rarely will you exceed 40 mph. Sweaty bodies, high temperatures, and constant UV rays deteriorate leather and cloth interiors quickly, vinyl isn’t much better.
Rather than owning an expensive high-end European vehicle, I would go with buying a new Jeep or Ford every couple of years instead.
To close out this thread, I ended up buying a loaded 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sahara (4-door) that had 6,300 miles. This was a trade-in at an MB dealer on the mainland and we had Blue Ocean arrange for overland shipment and then sea shipment out of Jacksonville port directly to STT.
Upon arrival in STT used Beep Business to clear customs and get the car titled and registered without us being on island.
Good savings since we didn't have to pay sales tax on the mainland (out of state purchase) and Jeep is USA manufactured, so no customs duties. Saved about 25% of the sticker price by purchasing a 6-month old Jeep and was able to use my stateside auto insurer USAA for the USVI specific policy.
Ultimately seemed like a smarter way to go versus shipping the Range Rover and worrying about service, plus probably smarter to blend in with a Jeep.
Thanks for all who commented.
Best of luck with the new Jeep!
I purchased a new Ford SUV when I arrived three years ago and it’s served me well, AWD seamlessly kicks in more often than I ever thought it would. One thing I’ve come to realize, “new” doesn’t last long here.
Local conditions are one thing, the locals themselves are another. I’ve got several small dings and scratches from people swinging car doors into it. Several knuckleheads in pick up trucks have backed into it, one with an extended hitch, several others with lumber hanging off the bed. Thankfully, nothings been serious, haven’t had to replace anything yet, but I wish people would pay a little more attention in parking lots especially.
And what’s the deal with going in reverse? Locals seem to have a great deal of difficulty backing up.
Thank you for the last 2 posts~lots of great company names to make note of for my own homework and procedures of how you established shipping the Jeep from the mainland. Thanks for sharing you cleared customs since Jeep was made in the USA~I didn’t know that about USA manufactured vehicles to the USVI (and luckily I have my eye on one of those new Jeep Trucks but plan to purchase used in a year or so since they just came out).
Hello...I’m kinda in the same boat. Relocating to STX soon, have a car I need to trade in; not finish with payments. I was thinkn of trading it for Range Rover and shipping it down, but how does that work with the bank or do I have to find a a bank in STX to approve me and buy and then ship?? ....we have already shipped a truck down, but we own out right...what do we do with an active car/truck with a loan on it?????
I should ask the bank for permission or the dealership?....and would I need to register the car down there with STX plates or I can keep my state side plate?
It's really the note holder, ie: bank or finance company, that you need the letter from authorizing you to take the vehicle to the USVI.
You would definitely have to register the vehicle in the VI. Cars with stateside plates are cop magnets.
Your vehicles title should show the lien holder. You will need their permission to move the vehicle to the USVI as they will need to be listed as the lien holder on the new title. The shipping company won’t accept the vehicle without this documentation. I also doubt you would be able to register the vehicle in the USVI without the same documentation. A clean title eliminates the issue.