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How to Import a Vehicle into Canada

How to Import a Car to Canada

Thinking of importing a car, truck, van, motorcycle, or any other passenger vehicle into Canada from the U.S.? You've come to the right place. At this website I will attempt to explain, from the perspective of someone who has a bit of experience importing vehicles into Canada, the importing process. Everything from purchasing and picking the right vehicle, all the way to what to do at the border, and of course what you need to do once you cross the border and are in Canada.

There are many advantages to buying a vehicle from the USA. Purchasing a car and importing it into Canada can be a difficult, grueling and costly task if you do not know what your doing. The key to importing a car into Canada is knowledge, and proper preparation.

This website will provide you with just about everything you need to know. I will try and warn you about things to watch out for that could save you some money, as well as provide you with all the resources you will need before and after your journey back to Canada with your new vehicle.

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Canadian vs. U.S. 2008 vehicle MSRP prices

April 1st, 2008

Many people have wrote in asking how much they can actually save on a vehicle imported from the USA versus the same model vehicle puchased in Canada. Typically a vehicle imported a car imported from the USA, even after fees, taxes and other costs, is about 20-30% cheaper than one bought in Canada, but in some cases, some vehicles are as much as 50% cheaper.

Below is a list of common vehicles, and their Canadian an US MSRP prices to be compared. Obviously exact prices and savings would depend on the model and package of a specific vehicle. But, to give an idea, here are the 2008 vehicle MSRP prices from both countries: Read the rest of this entry »

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Warranty Coverage Check

March 28th, 2008

One of the big pitfalls in importing a newer car into Canada from the U.S. is the warranty coverage. Many manufacturers refuse to honor warranties on cars that have been imported from the USA. Even some of the manufacturers that do honor warranties still apply limitations to their warranty. Every manufacturer has a different policy. And it is recommended that anyone importing a car with a warranty contact the manufacturer to get the latest information on warranty coverage.

Below you will find a list of manufacturers. Run your mouse over a manufacturers name to get their Canadian Warranty centre contact info, and the latest reported warranty status. Read the rest of this entry »

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Importing a Mercedes Benz into Canada

March 23rd, 2008

Importing a Mercedes Benz into Canada can be slightly more costly and difficult than many other brands of vehicles. Many Mercedes Benz vehicles will require some kind of modification, that in some cases can work out to be quite expensive.

If you are thinking of importing a Mercedes Benz into Canada from the U.S.A., in addition to reading our guide on how to import a vehicle from the USA into Canada, there are a few things you should be aware of so that you don’t encounter unexpected costs.

  • Many Models of Mercedes Benz cars are inadmissible and cannot be imported into Canada from the U.S.A. To find out if a Merecedes vehicle is admissible, check Mercedes Benz’s vehicle admissibility chart.
  • Many Mercedes Benz vehicles will require modifications that can only be performed by a Mercedes Benz Dealer.
  • In many cases, finding out what modifications a Mercedes Benz vehicle will need in order to be admissible into Canada will require an inspection by a Mercedes Benz dealer, that will most likely cost extra money.
  • All Mercedes Benz vehicles being imported into Canada require Letter of Admissibility that can be obtained by filling out the online Letter of Admissibility Request form from Mercedes Benz Canada (these typically take 1-2 weeks to receive).
  • Recall letters for Mercedes Benz vehicles can be obtained through Mercedes-Benz USA by calling 1-800-367-6372

Mercedes Benz Canada has an information page and an FAQ regarding importing a Mercedes Benz into Canada, and goes into more detail about specific models and years.

In spite of the extra roadblocks, many Canadian still manage to import Mercedes Benz’s and save money. As always, it is important to be aware of all the costs and effort involved before you purchase the vehicle.

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Vehicle Import Price Calculator

March 18th, 2008

This little tool will help you determine the final cost of a vehicle you wish to buy and import after import and registration costs. It will automatically factor in today’s current exchange rate, duties, fees, and taxes.

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Information Seminars about Importing Vehicles into Canada

March 16th, 2008

Canada Border Services Agency has begun holding free seminars in various cities throughout Canada about importing cars into Canada. These seminars are very helpful and informative to anyone thinking about purchasing a vehicle in another country and importing it into Canada.

Typically these seminars will have 5-8 guest speakers from various government agencies, including Canada Border Services agency, Transport Canada, RIV, and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.

Topics covered include:

  • requirements
  • documentation
  • prohibitions
  • costs
  • regulations of the Canada Border Services Agency, Transport Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the provincial government

Attendees will be given helpful literature and example paperwork related to importing vehicles into Canada. There is also time given to address specific questions or concerns that you may have about the importation process.

For dates and times of the seminars, or to register for a seminar in your area visit the Information Sessions and Seminars section on the Canadian Border Services agency website.

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