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#429 of 452 Re: Important thing to know. [rathahonni]
May 23, 2012 (6:45 pm)
Do you still have the brokers name that you used? I have the same problem as you did.
#430 of 452 Re: Purchasing a U.S made car in Canada and bringing it back into the U.S. [jamjet]
May 28, 2012 (11:02 am)
I am in the process of doing the same thing. Vehicle manufactured and originally titled/registered in US for many years. Was imported to Canada and then offered for sale. I (US citizen) bought it on ebay and now need to import back to US at the Ambassador Bridge near Detroit. I called US customs there twice and received two answers:
Answer #1: Obtain a letter addressed to me from the vehicle mfr (Toyota) stating compliance with EPA emission regulations. This person was a bit nasty and even said something that was untrue: That the vehicle could receive an EPA emission test at a Toyota dealership in Ontario.
Answer #2: If the vehicle has two stickers, one from DOT (on door pillar) and one from EPA (on underside of hood), then no problem to re-import. This person was fairly friendly but somewhat authoritative in their tone and asked me intrusive questions. He also said he was too busy when I asked for more info.
I called another POE in Maine and they confirmed that answer #2 was correct. Except in the case where the EPA sticker was not present, then I would need the letter. This person was very friendly and down to earth and seemed sincerely helpful. He also said that this is the current regulation but to check with the specific POE to see if they any other (unnecessary) requirements.
I've decided to at least try to get #1 satisfied, because you never know who will be waiting at that POE and what kind of info or attitude they have.
#432 of 452 Re: I am on TN Visa, Would like to import Canadian Vehicles to the U.S. [schnizzle]
Jun 08, 2012 (8:02 am)
I am the same issue in California for my SantaFe, I appreciate if you give me some insights, i brought the car from Canada and I can't get the letter of compliance from Hyundai USA nor from Canadian one! did you get the car registered already and how?
#433 of 452 Re: I am on TN Visa, Would like to import Canadian Vehicles to the U.S. [fsantafe]
Jun 11, 2012 (5:26 pm)
Any luck with the process? I have the same issue and looking for some guidance in getting my SantaFe into the United States and can't get the letter of compliance from Hyundai USA or Canada. Please help.
#434 of 452 Re: Purchasing a U.S made car in Canada and bringing it back into the U.S. [drinkthis]
Jun 17, 2012 (10:47 pm)
Any luck with getting the Compliance Letter from Toyota Canada?
They just simply refused to provide me that letter and telling me since a few month ago they stopped providing that letter due to their policy changes.
Please let us know how your process went?
#435 of 452 Re: Purchasing a U.S made car in Canada and bringing it back into the U.S. [drinkthis]
Jun 22, 2012 (10:22 am)
Regarding the bringing of a original US car that had been imported to Canada back to the US, we just had to do this for a move to FL. I'm not sure that the rules are the same for your state, but because the car was built in the US for the US market, it already complies to US standards - you just have to have the appropriate party in your state verify it. For FL I just had to take the car down to the local FL DOT office that handles the "verification" and get a form filled out. They looked for/at the sticker on the driver door pillar and verified that "yes, it was a US vehicle". The fact that a CDN sticker was also there (from when we moved/imported the car to Canada 10 yrs ago) did not matter. Then I took that verification letter to the Dept of Motor Vehicles with the registration from Canada and registered the car in FL.
The first answer that you received regarding Customs would be for importing a Canadian vehicle to the US (we have to do THAT, too). You shouldn't have to "import" your vehicle, however, because it is a US vehicle.
I don't know anything about the EPA stuff, but that seems like it would be for the Canadian built car that you are importing. The car met EPA standards when it was manufactured in the US, so unless something has been done to change it's exhaust, etc., it would still meet the EPA standards for that make, model, year. You shouldn't have to bring it up to current standards...
just my 2 cents...
Another aside: when we went to cancel the auto insurance in Canada (BC in this case) we were penalized because I only had a COPY of the original registration. I was supposed to keep the original and FL was supposed to get a copy. I was lucky I asked for a copy at all - the guy in FL was just going to take the original and let me go on my merry way.
Hope some of this is helpful.
#436 of 452 Re: Purchasing a U.S made car in Canada and bringing it back into the U.S. [drinkthis]
Jun 22, 2012 (2:10 pm)
Short follow-up (I promise!). Found the following on the US customs website:
"Re-Importing A Previously Exported Vehicle
A vehicle taken from the United States for non-commercial, private use may be returned duty free by proving to U.S. Customs that it was previously owned and registered in the United States. This proof may be a state-issued registration card for the automobile or a bill of sale for the car from a U.S. dealer. Repairs or accessories acquired abroad for your vehicle must be declared on your return and may be subject to duty."
Here's the link: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/basic_trade/importing_car.xml#FreeEntry
#437 of 452 Re: Purchasing a U.S made car in Canada and bringing it back into the U.S. [ls11j]
Jun 22, 2012 (2:44 pm)
The letter of compliance has to come from the US division of the manufacturer, NOT the Canadian one. The US division has to verify that the Canadian car meets the US Dept of Trans & EPA requirements.
#438 of 452 Re: Purchasing a U.S made car in Canada and bringing it back into the U.S. [ls11j]
Sep 15, 2012 (9:21 am)
Toyota Canada absolutely refused to provide me with a compliance letter. I had to go through a registered importer (RI) in order to properly import my car in to the usa. Hyundai Canada refused as well.