I live in California and drive a boring, reliable Toyota Corolla. I have really enjoyed not having to do much maintenance on my car. Now things are changing and I’m moving to Puerto Rico. It doesn’t make sense to ship a $4k Corolla across the country/sea and then also pay import tax. Plus I’ve heard the cars usually get dinged in the long voyage.
Now I want to mix it up and get a pickup – the roads are undermaintained and I want to explore the off-roady bits with confidence. Something I can use to haul my bike/surfboard/other stuff. Maybe an SUV would make more sense so I can lock things up but I can’t shake the idea of having a 4x4 pickup. Will frame rot be a problem in PR? The markup for importing a car to the island is pretty astounding. A 4x4 with access cab, v6, automatic is priced around $27k in California. In Puerto Rico it’s $35k, a difference of $8k. Pretty crazy!
I may try the game of shopping for a used car but my Spanish is not so good (yet!) and I want to know that a used truck won’t have problems down the line. Seems like Tacomas aren’t as bullet-proof as the 2005 Corollas?