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tommy b
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Hello all,

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-)

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Topic starter Posted : October 13, 2011 5:34 am
jbatl
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You'll be lucky to get 4 tires for 1k.

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Posted : October 13, 2011 2:42 pm
WGAF
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Maybe he's going to STX in 1962. Make the jump to light speed and transport himself to 2011 and arrive in some sort of Rambler station wagon with the flux capacitor option.

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Posted : October 13, 2011 2:57 pm
Iris Tramm
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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.)

IT

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Posted : October 13, 2011 3:04 pm
WGAF
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You've got wh*res there? I always miss all the fun stuff.

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Posted : October 13, 2011 3:11 pm
Nannerz
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If you have a decent car at home, consider shipping it. Best $2500 I ever spent. I have an Island car too, bought this 22 yr old car for $1300 and have put at least $1000 in new tires and parts, but its really just a backup for my primary.

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Posted : October 13, 2011 4:44 pm
tommy b
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Good stuff. Thanks for making me laugh. Anyway after arriving back from 1962 I will be looking for an island beater for around 1k. Found a couple on craigslist lately little under 2k. So if any of you have some helpful knowledge let me know!

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Topic starter Posted : October 14, 2011 4:01 am
WGAF
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So. Ya want some real helpful advice? Stay the hell away from Caribbean Auto Mart dealers. No matter what you buy. They F their employees so how do you think they will treat you?

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Posted : October 14, 2011 11:59 am
Hiya!
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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.

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Posted : October 14, 2011 1:25 pm
speee1dy
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if you can, just ship yours down

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Posted : October 14, 2011 5:13 pm
onthespot
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I left a message for my brother. He has what you are looking for, didn't want to sell it, but he might... you never know.

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Posted : October 14, 2011 5:46 pm
CityGirl
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Hey , Tommy B, if you don't find anything, I will be selling my '91 Honda 'round that time. In your price range 🙂

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Posted : October 15, 2011 11:53 am
Iris Tramm
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You've got wh*res there? I always miss all the fun stuff.

Time(s) Square, baby. Any hour of the day.

Although for the REALLY classy gals, you gotta fly to the DR.

IT

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Posted : October 16, 2011 3:23 am
Iris Tramm
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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.

IT

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Posted : October 16, 2011 3:41 am
tommy b
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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.

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Topic starter Posted : October 16, 2011 9:07 pm
WGAF
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You've got wh*res there? I always miss all the fun stuff.

Time(s) Square, baby. Any hour of the day.

Although for the REALLY classy gals, you gotta fly to the DR.

IT

Really? There's a Times Square on STX? Thanks for the heads up.

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Posted : October 17, 2011 11:54 am
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