Here are some important links and resources such as websites and phone numbers you need to know when importing a car into Canada.


  • Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) -You won’t likely be importing a vehicle into Canada without learning a little something about these guys. Don’t import a vehicle without visiting this site first.
  • Canadian Vehicle Import Admissibility List – PDF Document contains a list of all vehicles and their Admissibility status into Canada. Never import a vehicle into Canada without double checking this list first.
  • Natural Resources Canada Website – Search your vehicle model to see if it will be charged a high emissions excise tax upon importation
  • List of 2007 model high emissions vehicles
  • List of Cars with Automotive Recalls – Check this list to see if the vehicle you are purchasing has had any safety recalls. If it does make sure the vehicle is up to date and there are none outstanding before purchasing.
  • Canada Border Services Agency – responsible for assessing and collecting duties and taxes
  • Ebay Motors Canada – If you’re even thinking about importing a car into Canada from the USA, this should be the first place you look. I have personally found countless great deals and I highly recommend purchasing a car off eBay.
  • U.S. Customs Website – Go here to find the phone and fax numbers for the American port at which you plan on exporting (importing to Canada) the vehicle.
  • Transport Canada – They will know more about the Canadian Transport and Vehicle laws that govern the RIV program. Go here to find out more information if you can’t find it on the RIV site
  • Carchex Vehicle Inspections – Order a car inspection for almost anywhere in the U.S. for as little as $99. This is a must for anyone buying a vehicle off Ebay.
  • AutoCheck Vehicle History Reports – Definitely get one of these reports before you buy. They only cost about $19 and they will tell you the true story about the vehicle, therefore not having to rely solely on what the seller is telling you.
  • Dependable Auto Shippers – The most reliable, safe, and inexpensive vehicle shipping service. These guys made everything SUPER easy for me and I would definitely recommend them if you are getting your car shipped.
  • A&A Customs Brokerage – Same as above, but are recommended when making eBay car purchases that require importation into Canada
  • Duty Tax & Fee Calculator – Very useful online tool. This will show you right up front all the fees, taxes, and duties (if any) that you will be charged when importing a vehicle to Canada bought off eBay. It also displays the total cost after import in Canadian Dollars.
  • American Sales Tax Institute – Frequently asked questions about U.S. state sales taxes.
  • Is That Car Admissible? – This little tool checks any vehicle you are interested in purchasing against the RIV’s list of vehicles admissible into Canada
  • Pay your RIV fees online – Save time at the border, just make sure to print out and bring in your receipt with you when you import your car at the border
  • Canadian Tire – Here is a store locator for Canadian Tire in case for some reason your don’t already know where the closest one is! You will need to drop by Canadian Tire for an Inspection and to possibly have some modifications done once you have crossed the border with your new vehicle.

Phone Numbers to Know

  • Registrar of Imported Vehicles – 1-888-848-8240 – Fax: (416) 626-0366
  • Canada Border Services Agency – can be reached at 1-800-461-9999 (in Canada) or (506) 636-5064 (outside Canada).
  • Transport Canada – In Canada: 1-800-333-0371 – Outside Canada: (613) 998-8616 – Fax: (613) 998-4831

Provincial Transportation Ministry Contacts

Other Links

  • Atlas Van Lines on importing a car into Canada.
  • Americarr – Cars, Vans, Trucks or SUVs at Wholesale Auto Dealer Auction Prices
  • – Subaru Information Research site, all years and models
  • All About Car Selection – Information to help you research anything from a new hybrid SUV to a classic car for sale.
  • MaP Support – Helpful Information on Moving overseas
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