Downward Trend Of Used Car Sales In Canada To Continue Until 2009

May 6th, 2008

Toronto, Canada (AHN) – Prices of used cars across North America will continue to decelerate until early 2009, according to the latest Global Auto report issued by Scotia Economics Tuesday.

Carlos Gomes, senior economist and auto industry specialist of Scotiabank, in a press statement, explained, “Used car prices have been declining across North America since late 2006, but the weakness accelerated in early 2008 alongside deteriorating economic conditions – especially in the United States… We expect used car prices to continue to soften through early 2009, pressured by rising unemployment in both the United States and Canada.”

According to the Scotiabank Used Car Price Index, the downward trend started in Canada by mid-2006 resulting from the rise in import of used cars from the U.S. sold at prices lower than local secondhand autos. The economic slump in the U.S. has prompted the sale of cars by Americans, affecting the Canadian secondhand car market, especially in areas near the Canadian-U.S. border.

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Porsche border caper nets Lockport man hefty fine

May 6th, 2008

A Lockport man’s Porsche Carrera may be a fast car — but it wasn’t fast enough to help its owner avoid a stiff fine for trying to evade import duty and taxes when importing it to Canada from the United States.

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GM Recall Clearance Letter

April 27th, 2008

To get a GM Recall Clearance Ltter you must contact your GM Canada or go to a GM dealership in the USA. This letter must have GM’s logo on it and state that there are no outstanding recalls on your vehicle.

Getting a Recall Letter from GM Canada will cost about $30.

To obtain a GM recall letter, refer to the contact information below:

Toll free: 888-467-6853
Local (Oshawa): 905-440-7689
Fax: 905-440-7644

Oshawa, Ontario,
L1H 8W8

Volvo Letter of Admissibility

April 27th, 2008

In order to import a Volvo vehicle into Canada, in addition to the regular steps you will take to import any vehicle, you will be required to obtain a “Letter of Admissibility” from Volvo North America. This step is unique to Volvo and a select few other manufacturers.

Obtaining a Volvo Letter of Admissibility is actually quite simple. If you are importing a Volvo into Canada, first, visit the Volvo Importing Information page on Volvo’s website. Once you are sure you are meeting all the requirements, you can fill out the Volvo Letter of Admissibility Request form. You will be required to enter your name, address, phone number, etc. as well as the VIN number of the vehicle.

Please note that this is a separate document from the Recall Clearance Letter that you will also be required to obtain.

Be sure to do this well in advance, as the request forms are processes on a first come first serve basis.

Mazda Recall Clearance Letter

April 27th, 2008

Obtaining a recall clearance letter is different for each manufacturer. Generally you can get them from an American dealership or by calling the Canadian manufacturer headquarters, but in some cases it is necessary to fill out certain request forms or pay certain fees. Mazda is one of these special cases.
How to Obtain a Mazda Recall Clearance Letter:

To obtain a Mazda Recall Clearance Letter you must fill out the Mazda Recall Clearance Letter Request Form and return it to the address stated within the document.

Hachey Imports

April 25th, 2008


Hachey Imports is a vehicle importation service for Canadians looking to purchase a vehicle in the USA. Hachey Imports offers to take care of all documentation and paperwork involved with customs and the importation process, and can even have the vehicle delivered right to your door.

Contact information:
Phone: 902.691.3199

Government of Canada to harmonize bumper standard

April 3rd, 2008

OTTAWA, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ – The Government of Canada has proposed an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (MVSR) to harmonize the Canadian bumper standard for passenger cars with similar safety standards fromthe United States and Europe.

The proposed amendment would result in one set of globally regulated test speed requirements for the design of bumpers. This would simplify the bumper design for vehicles destined for the North American and European markets.

“This proposed amendment would offer more choice to Canadians who wish to import vehicles,” said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “At the same time, it would help to maintain the safety of Canadian roads.” …

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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 »

Reader floored by price gap for Honda vehicles

April 1st, 2008

Len Dezoete was being driven to distraction.

He couldn’t understand why Honda Canada appeared to be charging thousands of dollars more for a Civic ELX than consumers pay for the same car when purchased in the U.S.

He found it more galling that Honda Canada and its dealers also appear to charge more for freight and delivery, especially since the Civic he wished to buy is made right here in Ontario.

But things aren’t as bad as they look.

“I have compared two vehicles with all the same features right off the official websites of Honda Canada and American Honda Motor Co.,” Dezoete told us. “Brace yourself! I certainly cannot understand the freight charges. And the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) blows me away, considering our dollar has been at par for a long time now.”

He told us he priced a Civic EXL model with leather, automatic transmission, power windows, locks and mirrors, aluminum wheels, sunroof and 160-watt stereo system.

If purchased here in Ontario, the car has an MSRP of $24,680, with a freight and delivery charge of $1,295, he said. Using Honda America’s own website, Dezoete said the same car can be had for $20,710 in the states, with a delivery fee of $635. That’s a combined difference of $4,630.

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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 »