Archive for April, 2007

Ebay Motors Canada Free Listing Week

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

April 15-21, 2007

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Why are Canadian Car Prices So Much Higher in Canada than in the U.S.A.?

Monday, April 9th, 2007

There is a lot of stipulation about why Canadian Car prices are so much higher in Canada than in the U.S.A.

If you ask an average person why they think the prices would be higher in Canada, you would probably get a response like “The exchange rate” or “It must be the cost of bringing it across the border”. However, thousands of people each year are traveling south of the border to buy a car in the U.S.A. to save money. If any Canadian can drive down to the U.S.A., purchase a car, import it, and still manage to save a significant amount of money, why can’t the car companies?

The truth is that it’s not just the Canadian car market, there are many markets that have been lazy in changing their pricing, regardless of the strength of the Canadian Dollar versus the American dollar. Look at new books, for example. Some new books that cost $3.99 in the U.S.A. still cost $5.99 here in Canada, when in actuality, our currency is practically on par.

Personally, I like to look to save money wherever I can. When I found out that it was much easier and cheaper than I thought to import a car into Canada, I felt it necessary to spread the word to other Canadians about how much money we are litterally handing over to lazy car companies that don’t feel the need to adjust their prices

Here is a video from DrivingTelevision on Global that talks about this subject exactly.

Forced into Fuelish Decisions

Monday, April 9th, 2007

»Read Full Article at National Association of Manufacturers

Honda of Canada Inc. is “seriously considering” stripping some life-saving safety equipment out of the smallest car it sells in Canada to meet new federal fuel efficiency ratings.

The Honda Fit does not qualify for a $1,000 [CD] rebate under the new rules, announced in the federal budget two weeks ago, while the Yaris, produced by arch rival Toyota, does.

The difference can be explained by the extra air bags, side curtains, antilock brakes and other equipment that the Fit has but the Yaris does not, says Jim Miller, executive vice-president of Honda Canada.

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Collector car auctions bring out big spenders

Thursday, April 5th, 2007
Published: Thursday, April 05, 2007

If you’ve been following the automobile auction news lately, you will be aware of some of the incredible prices buyers are often willing to pay for collector cars.

Watching the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., in January is seeing only one facet of the market. A far more accurate pulse can be taken by looking at the entire auction year, especially the Canadian-based RM Auctions, which sell not just muscle cars but the great classics, rare vintage exotics and specialty cars of all eras.

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Used-car glut omen of bumps ahead

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

‘Not buying anything’; Drag on economy could hamper green initiatives

Nicolas Van Praet, Financial Post

Peter Pauls runs a small used-car dealership northeast of Winnipeg and rarely has his lot been more jammed with metal than in the past several months.

Cars and trucks have been piling into Canada’s pre-owned market and into the hands of dealers like Mr. Pauls. And their prices have plunged as supply exceeds demand.

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Smaller vehicles make up majority of ’06 sales

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

50.7% were entry-level vehicles. Efficient models gaining popularity thanks to concern for environment, rising fuel prices

NICOLAS VAN PRAET, CanWest News Service

You’ve seen them on Canadian streets for years in ever-growing numbers – compact cars like the Honda Civic and Mazda3, subcompacts like the Toyota Echo hatchback, and baby-SUVs like Ford’s Escape. Now, the newest of those mite-size vehicles are the majority.

For the first time since car dealers opened for business in Canada, more than half of all retail buyers bought a small, fuel -efficient vehicle last year, new research shows. Read Full Article…

Imposition of Excise Taxes on fuel Inefficient Vehicles

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

On Monday, March 19, 2007, the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, tabled a Notice of Ways and Means Motion to amend the Excise Tax Act Relating to Excise Taxes. The Motion includes changes to the non-GST/HST portions of the Excise Tax Act (the Act). Under the proposed changes, section 6 of Schedule I to the Act will be amended to impose a new excise tax on certain fuel-inefficient vehicles. This replaces the existing heavy vehicle weight tax, which no longer applies after March 19, 2007. The fuel-inefficient vehicle tax will apply to automobiles (including station wagons, vans, and sports utility vehicles) designed primarily for use as passenger vehicles, but not including pickup trucks, ambulances, and hearses, in accordance with the vehicle’s fuel-efficiency rating. Passenger vans capable of transporting more than eight individuals are excluded from this tax.

Calculation and rates of tax
The excise tax on fuel-inefficient vehicles is calculated on the basis of the weighted average fuel consumption rating as determined in accordance with information published by Natural Resources Canada. For purposes of this tax, the weighted average fuel consumption rating is calculated by combining 55% of the city fuel consumption rating with 45% of the highway fuel consumption rating. Automobiles that have a weighted average fuel consumption rating of 13 or more litres per 100 kilometres will be subject to the excise tax at the following rates:

  • at least 13 but less than 14 litres per 100 kilometres, $1,000;
  • at least 14 but less than 15 litres per 100 kilometres, $2,000;
  • at least 15 but less than 16 litres per 100 kilometres, $3,000; and
  • 16 or more litres per 100 kilometres, $4,000.

A listing of 2007 model vehicles and associated fuel-efficiency ratings & excise taxes can be found here.

For more information on this tax click here.

Step-By-Step Guide to Importing a Car into Canada from the U.S.

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

If you’ve found the car you want to purchase that is located in U.S.A. you’re in luck! The current situation of the Canadian vs. U.S. dollars means you may be saving big bucks on your vehicle purchase.

Importing a car, truck, van, motorcycle and most other vehicles into Canada from the U.S.A. is a fairly straightforward process. There are no hidden catches as long as you do your homework first.

In this guide I will explain, step by step, the process of importing a vehicle into Canada from the USA, including some tips to make sure you don’t end up with a lemon, even if you are not able to see the vehicle in person before purchasing. The process is basically the same for all vehicles including cars, vans, trucks, motorcycles, busses, RV’s etc. however some types of vehicles will require different modifications, and other types may not even be admissible at all. Always check with RIV to make sure the vehicle is admissible at the VERY start of this to save your self a lot of grief and potentially a lot of money.

  1. The first thing to do, if you haven’t already, is check the car against the Registrar of Imported Vehicles’ vehicle amissability list. This can be done by going to or by going directly to the PDF document. Find out if the vehicle will need any modifications in order to pass federal inspection requirements, and how much it will cost. Some manufacturers such as Merecedes Benz will require that any necessary modifications be done at the dealership – which may be costly. Call the vehicle’s dealership if you are concerned about this.
  2. Check to see if your vehicle will be charged a high emissions excise tax. These could typically run from $1000 to $4000 on high emissions vehicles. Your vehicle can be searched at the Natural Resources Canada Website. Click here for a list of 2007 model high emissions vehicles and their corresponding excise tax.
  3. Check the list of vehicles with safety recalls. You may also want to verify this with by going to a local dealership and providing them with the VIN number of the vehicle you wish to purchase and ask them to make sure it has no outstanding vehicle recalls.
  4. Get an AutoCheck vehicle history report online and/or order an inspection from to be done on the vehicle to make sure there is nothing wrong with the vehicle that you aren’t expecting.
  5. If all is good, arrange payment, vehicle pickup and/or shipping.
  6. If you are having the vehicle shipped, you will need a customs broker to have all the paperwork taken care of for you. Some companies, like A&A Customs Brokers, will take care of everything, including shipping.
  7. Get the seller to FedEx you the vehicle title, the bill of sale, sales receipts and recall clearance letter (if they are the vehicle’s manufacturer’ dealership, if not contact your nearest dealership and have them get you one for your vehicle.)
  8. Fax in a copy of the vehicle title to the U.S. border crossing where you intend to cross. This needs to be done at least 72 hours in advance of when you plan to cross. Note that this does not include weekends. Give them a call to make sure everything is in order and they will be open at your time of crossing.
  9. If you are picking up the vehicle yourself (as opposed to having it shipped), arrange for insurance on the vehicle, or get a vehicle trailer to tow the vehicle home.
  10. Drive down to your destination and meet with the dealer or person selling the vehicle. Check to make sure the VIN on the bill of sale matches the one on the vehicle. Also make sure there is a North American coompliant sticker on the vehicle. This is usually located on the beam in the driver’s side door. If it a dealer ask them to show you.
  11. If you are purchasing the car privately and will be driving it home, you will need to go get a temporary permit from the local motor vehicle office.
  12. Drive to the US border crossing where you faxed your title to, and identify yourself with your passport and driver’s licence. They will check out your vehicle title, bill of sale, and the VIN number on the vehicle. All should be good and they will stamp your vehicle’s title to release it to Canada Customs.
  13. Stop at Canadian customs, again identifying yourself with driver’s licence and passport. Tell them you are importing the vehicle and they will have you pull in and park to go fill out Vehicle Import Form 1 (they will provide this).
  14. You will have to pay your RIV fee ($195+GST in all provinces, plus QST if you are importing into Quebec) GST (5%), possible Air Conditioning excise tax ($100CAD), possible high emissions excise tax, and possible duty (6.1%) if the vehicle was not build in North America (ie. Mexico for some American brand cars, and sometimes Germany for some VW’s). Make you you have your credit card with you for this as most Canadian Customs offices do not accept cash or cheque.
  15. If all is good and once everything is paid up, they will verify your insurance coverage, stamp your Vehicle Import Form 1 and send you on your way. Keep this form in your vehicle along with your temporary American permit in case you get pulled over on the way home – these will be used to verify that you are legally compliant.
  16. Within 10 days of submitting Vehicle Import Form 1 at the border, Canadian customs will send you Form 2 – federal inspection.
  17. You have 45 days from the day you submitted to get any required modifications done to your vehicle (such as daytime running lights, child tether anchorages and metric speedometer conversions) and have your vehicle inspected at Canadian Tire.
  18. When you take the car in to get inspected, bring all supporting documents with you such as the title, bill of sale, Import Forms 1 & 2, and the outstanding recall letter.
  19. Canadian Tire will do all necessary inspections free of charge as per the RIV program.
  20. If the vehicle passes they will put a sticker on the drivers side door frame stating that the vehicle is Canadian Safety compliant. They will fill out your Form 2 and provide you with the necessary paperwork you will need to register the vehicle in your province.
  21. You can now take it right over to your provincial vehicle licencing office along with all the paperwork you’ve accumulated to get it registered, where you will pay whatever your provincial sales tax is on the sale price of the vehicle!

You’re done, you can now go enjoy your American / Canadian vehicle that hopefully will have saved you a nice chunk of money. If there is anything unclear about this guide, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions, or ask a question in the forum. I would love to hear from anyone who this guide has helped, or if you have imported a vehicle yourself I’d like to hear your version of the process!

Good Luck, and enjoy your new vehicle!

Seeking a cheaper car? Cross the border

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Loonie’s rise gives Canadians a break south of the border


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The massive gap in prices that led Americans to flood into Canada to buy vehicles has vanished, so that now Canadians can save thousands of dollars if they purchase a new car in the United States.

Canadians buying luxury sport utility vehicles will save as much as $14,000 if they buy them in the United States, auto industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers said yesterday in his annual comparison of vehicle prices between the two markets.

“It appears that, to date, auto makers have not adjusted their MSRPs [manufacturers’ suggested retail prices] to reflect our dollar’s new-found strength and Canadian vehicle buyers have not reaped the benefits resultant from a strong currency,” he noted.

The reversal of the price gap that hit its peak in 2002 means that the flow of cars from the United States into the Canadian market is growing, vehicle brokers and others said yesterday.

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