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
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
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
You must also contact your local vehicle registration
office because different rules and pricing apply to vehicles purchased
out of the county.
If you have purchased a vehicle in the USA please
fill out the form below and let us know of your experience.