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Buying a vehicle in St. Kitts

at 17:45 - 18th, April 2023
As you'd probably guess, buying a vehicle is expensive. Now imagine having to do it on an island where the shipping is an additional 4000 - 10000US and then the government hits you with environment/wheel tax, duty and VAT on top of the price of the car + shipping. It's a crazy expensive process here.

Generally for second hand vehicles, cars that you wouldn't look at in North America end up costing thousands of dollars here because of all the additional charges.

Enter companies like and They sell second hand vehicles in Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia and Dubai to western markets, specifically central america and the caribbean I think. Their prices are more reasonable, but you're still hit by the government when it comes in and the vehicle will generally end up costing twice as much as what you bought it for.

The whole thing is a scam and is quite infuriating, but I thought you'd get a kick out of the Japan part Andy.


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andrew andrew
News comment 1 | User comment 1363 | 12:36 - 22nd, Apr 2023

yeah, export of second hand japanese cars is huge, mostly because of strict regulations where cars need to be maintained regularly in japan.. the downside being that owning a car in japan (especially tokyo) is insanely expensive, but the upside is that when cars are sold overseas they are usually in pretty great shape.

always found in funny that in north america people would import RHD cars to be 'cool', especially the fast and furious/initialD fanboys.. in japan, people import LHD cars even though it's annoyingly inconvenient since the roads are not built for it, so people need to hop across the passenger seat to pay a toll for example lol

funny enough, the opposite situation from st-kitts, in eastern russia most cars are RHD Japanese imports despite not being a left-side traffic country,142.729585,3a,75y,121.02h,89.64t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s9NG4YwFMtJsOqo2nlK8_qw!2e0!!7i13312!8i6656

andrew andrew
News comment 2 | User comment 1363 | 12:38 - 22nd, Apr 2023

noticed last summer in mtl as well quite a few kei trucks, they're being imported more and more as to not have to pay insane prices for a pickup truck that's usally only ever used at 20% capacity

andrew andrew
News comment 3 | User comment 1363 | 12:40 - 22nd, Apr 2023

in st kitts though, is there a used car shop where you can buy from local people rather than all the hassle of paperwork to import a car from the US?

Alex Alex
News comment 4 | User comment 4968 | 19:20 - 25th, Apr 2023

I love kei trucks. I saw a small documentary by NHK about them and fell in love with the idea. I think they'd be perfect for here but they end up costing a fortune.

Alex Alex
News comment 5 | User comment 4968 | 19:22 - 25th, Apr 2023

There are a couple of people selling used cars as a profession here but they know they can sell them at extreme markups due to import prices.

I've found vehicles on where the price of shipping is more than the price of the car, by 2 to 3 times as much.

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