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    jeep wrangler

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    Here is our plan.

    Buy a jeep, get it checked out head to toe (we have a good friend who owns a mechanic shop), and ship it down. We want a jeep because it is an SUV which is great for the terrible roads on SXM and when it rains. We want to ship our car because we do not want to take the chance of getting a lemon on SXM. When we get ready to leave we hope that we will at least break even, if not make a little extra.

    I think a jeep would do very well in SXM as far as getting around and resale value. Also, how much fun is it going to be cruising around SXM with the top off. Woohooo!!

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    sounds like a good plan...EXCEPT you are going to have to pay anywhere from $1000-$1500 to have it shipped. Also, unless you live close to Miami you will have to ship the car to Miami to be shipped to SXM-- that could cost another $500-$1000. If you decide to drive to Maimi, you have to deal with getting temporary insurance (unless you already have it), getting it registered, etc-- not worth it for the drive alone (Again exception if you already own it and will cancel insurance the day you drop it off at port of Miami).

    Then in order to pick up the necessary plates for the car I am sure you will have to get your SXM driver's license as well as proof of insurance. God knows how long that process takes on "island time". In the meantime, you will probably have to pay a storage fee for the vehicle while you are spending the time getting all of your paperwork in check. So now you will be incurring rental car expenses to get around.

    So theoretically, if you spend $5000 on a so-so condition jeep in U.S. and another $1500-$2500 to have it shipped.....you are already close to losing half your investment in the vehicle by the time you sell it 2 yrs later. Also, since you got it in the U.S. you have no chance of getting any type of warranty from the used dealership you buy it from.

    BUT I agree, having a Wrangler in SXM would be a BLAST!!!

    Instead of spending $5000 in U.S. + up to $2,500 in extra costs you will never get back....spend $7,000 in SXM on something nice and sell it for $6,000-- you will still come out ahead

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    License?

    Nah, we didn't show any license to get our plates, etc. Dunno if they would make you show one at the port to get your car off the ship or not.

    As for getting a warranty with a car down here, I wouldn't count on it, even buying from a dealer. Again, I have not purchased from a dealer here (since they're way overpriced anyways), but based on what I know about the island, I have a feeling once you drive it off the lot, it's yours.

    Also, in regard to warranty, even if something goes wrong, labor here is pretty darn cheap. I have a friend who blew a head gasket on his Toyota Corolla (or something similar) and it cost him $150 to get it fixed. In the States that's a minimum $500 job, I think. They don't charge $45-60/hour for labor here like in the US for a mechanic. At least, MY mechanic doesn't. Some of them will rip you for every penny they can, you just have to ask around for who are the best ones to use.

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    mechanic

    tRmedic21, who is your mechanic and how do we find him?
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    I don't remember.... lol

    You think I'm givin' away ALL my secrets for free???? HAHAHAHA!

    Nah, I'm just kiddin'. His name's Henry. I got his number around here someplace, or you can ask Mark for it, too. Paul's mechanic is good, too, he's the one who did the head gasket for $150.

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    any port charges?

    Hey guys,
    I was accepted for May last week. I am also thinking about shipping my car (Toyota 4Runner) down as well. In that note, is there any port charges for the shipment? If there is, how much am I looking at?

    thanks

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    Leaving Miami April 17

    From Riviera Beach FL it will cost us $990 to ship our Volvo 240 wagon.
    We'll drop it off and rent a car to go to Miami (1 1/2 hr) and fly down. Car arrives a wk later. They'll let us put stuff in the car as well.

    see ya all in 6 wks.

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    contact information for shipping a car out of riviera beach.

    torb3n, which company are you using out of Riviera beach?
    We planning on driving to Miami or another place and shipping our car from there, all depending on price.

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    shiping it

    isn't the real problem. last semester there was 5th semester student who brought down her nice new camry when she first got here with the intentions of taking it back when she was done...fine enough bringing it down no problem with registration and insurance then she ran into problems taking it back. apparently they wanted to treat it like an import car and there was so much red tape behind getting it certified to be driveable in the US, nevermind it came from there, that she was desperately looking someone to take it over for 5grand. solely based on that i would bring a car you can part with cheaply since most students will not pay more than 3k for a car and dealing with the locals takes too much patience...hehe for >3k you can find a really decent car, just a sampling off the wall right now:

    1998 montero $4,500
    1999 vw golf $6,000
    2001 Retona (bigger than wrangler, kia jeep with soft top and 4x4) $5,500

    just a sampling but once you go over $4,000 there are very decent cars available.
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    Jeep

    If you're not a mechanic and have no skills with Jeeps, you need to be careful and DO NOT buy a YJ ('87-95)!!!!! You'll be putting more money into that thing than you can imagine. You'll need to look at getting a TJ ('97-up). YJ's are only good for turning it into a rockcrawling buggy. If you can't tell the difference, YJ's have square lights, TJ's have round lights.

    $150 for the head gasket!!!! Man you got screwed!!

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