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    What to look for when buying a car!!

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    Many of you would like to have their own car to make life easier on the island.
    And many of you think that the whole world functions as efficient as the US, where u just need to sign the title and the car ownership is transferred.

    Well, I don't think that you will be surprised if you knew that this is not the case on this friendly island.

    so what do you need to know in order to buy a safe/good car, make sure you can legally drive it on the island, and not to have to go through hassles for 5 months to get it registered in your name (like what happened to me ):

    1st: try not to buy from local dealers, fellow students will be much more kind to you no matter how evil they really are.

    2nd: Don't buy from local dealers. Yes I said this before, I will add something thou! There is a guy who normally sells to students his name is PRYCEE. Don't ever buy from Him!! It took me 5 months till I was able to register my car, because he was not responding, and he never gave me the right paper work. I had to pay $300 extra in order to get that fixed, not mentioning the stress, wasting time, etc...

    3rd: Each car need to have a current inspection, if inspection is not up to date DON'T Buy it. The inspection is a sticker on the windshield, and a paper that you should obtain (white and yellow card) when you buy the car.

    4th: you need a bill of sale from the owner; the name of whoever is selling you the car should match that on the inspection paper. Make sure you check for that.

    5th: you need to obtain a registration, which is a paper that indicates the plate number of the car. And you need either to transfer that plate, or buy a new plate $160/year

    6th: don't pay all the money until the owner gives you all that.

    7th: Nagico insurance people are very friendly and helpful, ask them for help when they are in the rotunda.

    8th: Ask an upper classmen, or friends to inspect the car with you don�t buy it without a witness.

    9th: Inspect everything in the car, AC, oil (make sure it�s not leaking), breaks check tires, and make sure battery is good. These things are expensive to fix here.

    10th: post a reply or PM me if you need any help, I've been through it.

    It�s a headache be careful, I know people who failed classes because of car trouble...
    Last edited by RIGOR_MORTIS; 02-14-2011 at 10:27 PM.

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    The only thing I'll disagree with are the friendliness and helpfulness of the Nagico people. While they are convenient for getting your plates, they're among the worst companies on the island and the whole thing really is a huge scam. Nagico is friendly when they're taking your money, but if you ever need to file a claim, they're absolutely worthless. Although you have to purchase insurance to legally drive a car, don't think you really have insurance.
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    Split a car with a friend/roommate is an easy way to split the cost and you will both be able to have a car especially if you usually do things together anyway.
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    I agree with Slevit in regards to the Nagico People.

    P has been good to students, although it probably depends on the students you ask. Also, buy from a rental company if you can, good prices on newerish cars. If you buy from a student have a disinterested islander look too and ask what they would pay for it. I have spoken to many islanders and all agree that we, students, buy and sell our cars for 2-3X the SXM value! For example, I saw a couple island cars listed at $2500, but according to my sources (who were not interested in purchasing the vehicle and were simply asked what they thought the "fair"-value was) the cars were only worth about $900-$1200 on a good day. Take that for what you will.
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    People also need to realize that cars are going to be a lot more expensive on the island. There are no car factories on St. Maarten (even though the things do seem to reproduce). Everything has to be shipped, which means higher prices.

    Also, rumor has it that the guys at the inspection station tend to overlook glaring problems with your car's compliance when an Andy Jackson is accidently dropped. So I've heard, anyway.
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    is it recommend to purchase a car?

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    Yes it makes living on the island much easier...I've got one for sale if your interested 1200 dollars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denali584 View Post
    Yes it makes living on the island much easier...I've got one for sale if your interested 1200 dollars
    Damn you still haven't sold that car? Well, you know what you can do if you wanna get rid of it:

    http://www.valuemd.com/auc-medical-s...ree-stuff.html

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