So I need a few things...
I'm arriving in early December on STX. If anyone has an island beater car for sale let me know. Doesn't matter what kind of car or suv, I am looking working vehicle for around 1k. Body damage, rust and broken electronics are perfect, all I want is point a to point b. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!8-)
Yeah, I gotta agree with the other posters, you're gonna need at least $3K for an island beater -- and that means body damage, rust, broken parts, and frequent repairs. That car'll probably need new tires, too -- which will run you a few hundred more. (We only pave the roads here once a year before the triathlon, and the first gully washer cleans out all the potholes again. You will go through tires like wh*res go through condoms on this island.)
If you buy for 1k you are very very easily going to put 2k in it the first year if not the first month. Save more money and spend 5k, that will actually get you a decent island car that won't fall apart on you....right away. If you are not handy and if 1k is you max budget for a car you will be in trouble financially very quickly. Everything is more expensive here and you have to be careful. Craigslist is not the most reliable source stateside or here, be careful.
If you buy for 1k you are very very easily going to put 2k in it the first year if not the first month. Save more money and spend 5k, that will actually get you a decent island car that won't fall apart on you....right away. If you are not handy and if 1k is you max budget for a car you will be in trouble financially very quickly.
Yeah, and getting a car fixed here isn't as simple as taking it to, say, a Goodyear. Everything is compartmentalized. You gotta radiator problem? You gotta take it to the radiator guy. You gotta exhaust problem, you got ta take it to the exhaust guy. You got an oil leak, you gotta take it to the oil leak guy. Most of these "shops" are in backyards and questionable-looking establishments behind bars and convenience stores and ppl's houses. Not to disparage the quality of the work done, which is generally well, but these sure aren't the clean and airy "one stop repair shops" like there are in the states. It can take lots of time and driving to get simple repairs done if you're not well versed in doing your own work.
Thanks everyone for the good info! I will be able to do some repairs on my own, I am shipping down a bunch of tools. But for the major work I do understand things are more expensive down on stx due to the cost of shipping things in. Again thanks everyone! CityGirl please check you inbox I have pm'd you.