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    Tips for buying island cars?

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    I am thinking about buying a car for the island. I've been checking out the flyers throughout the building and think I might bite soon. Any tips/advice? Thanks.

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    Don't buy a car from a local place or person

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    Find someone who knows stuff about cars and check out the car. You don't need anything fancy. Brakes, AC, and an engine that won't dump on you. That's about it.

    I bought my car from a local, never had a problem with it except for crossing the "lake" but that was resolved with some tape.
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    Hahaha before buying it, call the mechanic that everyone uses on the island. (don't remember his name) and pay him to look the car over and see if its worth the price asked. U will save tons of money doing this...
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    I agree with the above. Also, another buying option. I bought my car from a car rental place. There are a few around the airport area that have cars that they want to sell. Just walk in and ask if they have anything for sale and most are happy to show you what they have. Just don't forget to have a mechanic look it over for you. Also, don't be shocked that car sales are a lot less formal than in the US. I was able to take my car home for a couple weeks before I payed for it.

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    I haven't started school yet. Do you really need a car? I should be living on campus. Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by terp07 View Post
    I haven't started school yet. Do you really need a car? I should be living on campus. Thanks for your help!
    you don't really "need" a car but if you have one, it's more convenient. you can run to the store whenever you want, go out to eat, etc.

    however, you can get by with just renting a car every 2 weeks to replenish your supplies or just to enjoy the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terp07 View Post
    I haven't started school yet. Do you really need a car? I should be living on campus. Thanks for your help!
    Nope. Groceries, delicious food, and adventuring requires a car but plenty of soon-to-be-friends and classmates will have cars. You can also rent cars from the hotel down the road from school. It's about a 5minute walk and you can get a car for as low as $20/day during the low season (granted it's a tiny atos).

    I bought a car at the end of my first semester and must admit that the convenience is 'worth it'
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    If you buy the right car, you could see most of the money you paid for it back in a couple of years.

    I bought a vehicle in the States had it shipped down, and ended up selling it for <1k difference in purchase price + shipping after having been on the market for like a day and a half. Since I split the vehicle with someone, lost less than 500 for the use of a jeep wrangler for around 18 months. I saw the vehicle on the island when I was back for grad, and if I was a new student, I would gladly pay my original purchase price today. The person who currently owns it keeps it in better condition than when I had it.

    Edited to add: Mileage on a vehicle means nothing. 30k worth of island miles is worse than 100k in the US. I had a friend who bought a car there with 56k miles, had a lot of trouble with it, and finally sold it when he left the island. In the US, he was buying another car before starting clinicals and he had a carfax subscription, so he carfaxed his island car, found that it was in an accident, and shipped to the island with 94k miles!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChanceCount View Post
    If you buy the right car, you could see most of the money you paid for it back in a couple of years.
    Exactly. You don't need a car per se, but if you have one, it will make your time on the island MUCH more enjoyable. Remember, you're going to be extremely busy studying so you won't always have time to rent cars/track down a friend to give you a ride. It's a lot more convenient to be able to get in your car and go where you need to go. If you can afford it, try to get a car. You can usually find one on campus for $1000-$3000 or if you look at car rental companies, you can get something a bit nicer, but it will be a bit pricier ($3000-$5000). It's worth the investment, just make sure to sell it back to an incoming student when you leave and you can get most of your money back.

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