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Help w/ car rental, why do I need a Jeep?

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Help w/ car rental, why do I need a Jeep?

Last year my wife and I took day trips (with our rental car, a hyundai) to St. John and we were able to drive the east and north sides of the island out to Waterlemon Cay. We had no issues. We didn't make it around the south side or out to Coral Bay which we want to do this trip as we'll be on the island for four days.

What am I missing? Locals have many cars, can someone explain why I need a Jeep? This is a serious question, no sarcasm intended. Thank you...

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11. Re: Help w/ car rental, why do I need a Jeep?

Pote, not the point at all. As far as enabling 4WD, the vehicles have automatic transmissions and shifting into 4WD if necessary doesn't involve any additional training or advanced expertise.

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12. Re: Help w/ car rental, why do I need a Jeep?

I want first time visitors to be aware that the roads are quite likely nothing like they are at home. A first time visitor, driving on the left for likely the first time, going up a wet switchback, will probably be very nervous and even may panic. I have seen it first hand and it is scary.

After life on island, and 10+ years visiting since I left, I still only rent a 4WD so that I can be confident that,if it rains and I am on a switchback or behind a water truck going up Jacob's Ladder, I can safely manuever the situation.

There is a reason that many rental car companies on STT only allow folks to take a 4WD to STJ and that STJ companies don't rent cars.

This is not a debate on who is right or wrong. It should be a discussion on giving first time visitors enough information to make an educated decision.

13. Re: Help w/ car rental, why do I need a Jeep?

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