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  1. Where I live.. I get hosed. US dollar AND Canadian prices (Except on medicine... that's US Prices + 12%)YAY!I got hosed!
  2. I call dibs on the couch!
  3. *marks calendar for ETA of the car on the island**adds 3 days to allow it to clear duty inspectors, get inspected, get registered/titled/plated, and get insured)*I'm also considering buying a Jeep Wagoneer for $900 to beat it up in the rainforest
  4. Probably He also has the Ford-Lincoln-Mercury dealer, the Hino Truck dealer, and is partner in the local Ferrari-Maserati-Land Rover-Aston Martin-Audi-Lamborghini automall (ie- 1 huge showroom with a roped off "by appointment" section and an offroad course off to the left.)
  5. Update and answer time.. lol.I ended up deciding on a cheap used car that her dad picked up at auction in FL for me. 96 Jetta, 5 speed, power everything, 29k miles... $1500USD!!!!!!!!! And since daddy owns the local Veedub dealer, maintenance isn't a big worry of mine. Car should arrive next week.Her Dad confided in me that he's hoping to get the smart franchise on the island, if not once they start selling, he promised to get me the first one he finds at auction in the states.As to why no Honda Fit. They're backordered on the island... like the Scion xD and any Mini.
  6. ok... I know they aren't US compliant, but living in this state, I know I've seen MANY Smarts on the road here. I know to expect the usual Canadian and Mexican tourists with Smarts, however I've seen quite a few with Florida tags on the back (and the oddball one with German plates in North Orlando) What gives? I want a Smart. Where are people getting them?
  7. I'm in quite a bit of shock about this.. wow.
  8. Iain is a dirty man! lol
  9. How tall are you Iain?
  10. I should mention that in Houston I've seen KMH speed limit signs near MD Anderson Cancer Center
  11. Here in PR we...Drive in MPH over distances in KM, then we fill our engines with Liters, top off our oil in quarts, and add PSI to my tires while measuring my fuel consumption in MPG. My address in the rainforest is Route 191, km 5.3, and then turn off the road and go for another mile. When grocery shopping we buy our water in gallons, weigh our meat and fruits/veggies in pounds, but get the rest in metrics. We buy property in M² and rent our property in FT². When I get my scuba tanks filled, my equipment reads PSI but the fill station reads in BAR (with PSI marked in sharpie). When I go to the Dr. I am measured in Feet/Inches and weighed in pounds, but all of the medicines are metric. Our temperatures are in F° but my AC settings at home (and the settings in most AC units sold on the island) are in C°To add more confusion, todays date can be both 9/12/2007 and 12/9/2007, so I typically write the month instead of the number to make things easier. Furthermore, even though Spanish is the official language here, all computers sold are packaged with English software; we just add the Spanish language packs to do this: ñ, this: á. this: ü, this: ¿, and others like it ;)I believe I win this measurement clusterFFFF
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  13. Saw something really random today.It wasn't the vehicle, but it was the fact that it had recent Ontario plates.The Ontario plates aren't the odd part either. It's the fact that I saw that in this tiny little Caribbean island.
  14. perhaps it's not mandatory NHTSA testing but optional IIHS testing?Or perhaps it's the first press cars
  15. I believe what's happened is that your US namesake saw a smart in Arizona and pointed at it like a chimpanzee smitten with rage over a stolen banana.
  16. Yes. They also used to own the local Peugeot dealer until Peugeot pulled out of the US market. No. I'm far too smitten at the moment. A nice Puerto Rican girl that's well travelled, doesn't use my money, is... err... easy on the eyes, and can hold her own against me in one of my political rants. She's a keeper Maybe. After gradschool. And several doctorates.
  17. ^^ Me.. nothing major yet. I had a day trip to Chicago, and I've been going to the Disney theme parks. On Sunday I'm headed back to Chicago for 2 days on Ted . Back home on Monday night, pack Tuesday because on Wednesday though I'm headed on the big blue bird to San Juan to get on a sailboat to Virgin Gorda to spend 2 weeks scuba diving. After that, head home for a week before I tentatively head to Paris on for 4 days. Oddly, Air Canada was the best option for me... so if anyones gonna be transiting through YUL on August 1 or 6, I'll be at the Maple Leaf Lounge for 3-4 hours drinking Then home and back to finding a job You?
  18. I poured out a cold one today......into my mug.To these smarts. May their sacrifice be worth it.
  19. Update... I've cancelled the order for the xD on two grounds.1- Backlog... it's gonna be more like 2-3 months (WTF?!?!)2- I'm dating the owner's daughter at the local VW/Audi dealer Let's see what kind of deal I can score on an A3 or a GTI
  20. moo moo moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!That and I have piercings.
  21. I'm going to guess crash testing. Baltimore is close enough to the DC Metro area to warrant that red flag.If that's what they're there for, I'll pour a cold one for those that have to be sacrificed
  22. It looked like something I could use for 3D work
  23. How intuitive is it? I'm looking to add to my Wacom pad right now
  24. You don't pay any duties to ship a car from the Mainland US to the USVI.You pay a HUGE excise tax to ship from the Mainland US to Puerto Rico. My crappy 2002 Nissan Sentra has a tax of nearly $4k to ship it.This isn't counting shipping costs which can run from $600-1000 depending on the port. Jacksonville, FL is the cheapest one. I'm not in the mood to pay full price for a smart in the mainland + tax, tag, and title (you can't get out of these in Florida, even for export) + shipping + excise tax + local sales tax, tag, and title. I'm scared that a $15k car will end up costing me closer to $25-30k after everything is said and done. Not to mention no place to have it serviced when if the need should arise.
  25. Yes. I prefer to call it the Mercedes MPV though.