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Old 09-23-2008, 11:16 PM
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I am moving to central Oahu in a couple of months. After browsing this forum, it seems like getting a hybrid is the way to go. If shipping cost isn't an issue, is it more expensive to buy a new car (i.e. Toyota Prius) in Oahu than it is on the mainland? Are there any special fees/taxes applied to car buyers in Oahu? Also, is there public transportation in Mililani? Thanks!
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:38 PM
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If you buy a car too close to the time you bring it over (within 3 months, and the shipping time doesn't count), they charge a big fee when you register it in Hawaii. They are trying to discourage residents from buying new cars on the mainland and shipping them over (and hence giving the sales tax dollars to California instead of Hawaii).

Most of the driving here is "city-type" stop & go traffic, so hybrids are particularly efficient if you can get one. Don't know about TheBus in Mililani, though. It goes all over the island. You can get a system-wide map at TheBus Home Page and see if you think coverage in that area is sufficient.
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:43 AM
Location: Philly, PA
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As far as I know cars more expensive on HI then on mainland. Also since there is limited amount of dealerships on island, it's hard to negotiate price. Keep in mind that sales tax in HI higher then in most of the mainland states states. Do your math!
Hybrids more expensive and required some practice to achieve good MPG. My personal opinion it's better to buy cheap conventional small car. For example – Toyota Yaris or Corolla, Honda Civic or Fit …
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Old 09-25-2008, 10:51 AM
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Thanks so much for the information, newUHprof and MadRussian!
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