Thinking of purchasing a car in the USA and bringing it to Canada?
What’s driving Canadian consumers south of the border? It is not the value of a canadian dollar, it’s the difference in prices between cars sold in Canada and USA. There are lots of different things you must know before crossing the border and buying your dream car.
First of all you need to know if the car you’re trying to buy can be brought to Canada. Yes, our government sets strict regulations and not all cars can be imported to Canada. Some of the vehicles will also require certain modifications to meet Canadian standards, for full list of vehicles allowed to be imported please see Transport Canada.
You will also need a Recall Clearance Letter. This letter is issued by the manufacturer and it simply states if there are any outstanding recalls on particular vehicle. If there are any recalls on your car you will have to complete all repairs required by the manufacturer before you cross the border. Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) will not release Inspection Forms to you unless you have your recall clarence letter.
You must also be aware of additional costs, such as duty and taxes. You should contact Canada Border Services Agency, before leaving and find out what the duty and tax you will have to pay. You can reach them at 1-800-461-9999 or (506) 636-5064 (outside Canada).
At the border you must also present all necessary documents, registration, insurance and sales receipts. If you plan on driving the car back to Canada it musts be insured. Your province might also have different requirements, please visit your province for more details.
U.S. Customs also require that you send the required documentation to them at least 72 hours before crossing the border (that’s 3 days). It is also recommended that you contact the place of crossing to determine exact documentation requirements and hours of operation.
You must also contact your local vehicle registration office because different rules and pricing apply to vehicles purchased out of the county.
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