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#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.
#439 of 452 Re: I am on TN Visa, Would like to import Canadian Vehicles to the U.S. [babacole]
Sep 15, 2012 (9:26 am)
You will have to go through a registered importer to import your Canadian vehicle if the manufacturer wont state compliance with DOT and EPA. The importer will ensure the vehicle complies with the requirements that the Canadian manufacturer will unfortunately not do in a letter.
#440 of 452 Re: I am on TN Visa, Would like to import Canadian Vehicles to the U.S. [flapjack007]
Sep 23, 2012 (7:26 pm)
I bought my car in US when I was living there, After 2 years I moved to Canada and now moving agian back to US. What I understood from discussion that according to state( New Hampshire for me) , I need to go to DOT & DMV for registering car in US. Do I have to do any formalities at the US border? If yes, do all port of entries do that ( I will be going from Toronto to Boston side via Buffalo).Any help is appreciated!
Also my Canadian registration has my old address(does not match to my recent address in Canada) , do I need to get new registration before I import?
Thanks in advance!
#441 of 452 Re: I am on TN Visa, Would like to import Canadian Vehicles to the U.S. [andy168]
Oct 04, 2012 (11:03 am)
CBP will want to see a previous in state registration in order to not charge you duty on the vehicle.
CBP will get you to fill out two forms basically attesting that your vehicle complies with EPA and DOT standards. They will confirm that your vehicle complies by looking at EPA sticker (likely under your hood) and the DOT plate in your drivers door.
#442 of 452 Paying Qebec tax on car imported to the US
Oct 25, 2012 (4:41 pm)
I paid the Qebec sales tax on a used car purchased a few months ago in Montreal that I imported to the US; I was told it would be refunded to me. Then I finally got a letter (3 months after filing the paper-work) that refused it. Does anyone know what the law is about here?
#443 of 452 Re: Important thing to know. [rathahonni]
Dec 05, 2012 (11:19 am)
Hi! I'm buying a used 2003 GMC suv from a NY dealer. The problem is that there is no title, (because it's a Canadian vehicle) that was apparently bought in an auction. I found out that I need to get it cleared through US Customs, along with a bill of sale, insurance and inspection. I was worried that it may not pass an inspection (being a Canadian vehicle) and I'd be stuck not being able to register it ...until I read your post! Can you tell me the name of your broker? Thanks!
#444 of 452 Re: Purchasing a U.S made car in Canada and bringing it back into the U.S. [jolie4]
Dec 25, 2012 (2:43 pm)
I just want to follow-up on your posting.
Your posting was very informative.
I bought a Range Rover in Texas, designed for the U.S. market and I exported it to Canada.
I want to bring the car back with me to Florida and sell it in the U.S. and buy something else.
When I exported the vehicle to Canada, I had to supply U.S. Customs with the Title Paperwork from Texas and they made sure that there were no liens on the vehicle.
Without the Stamp from U.S. Customs, I could not bring the vehicle into Canada.
Do I need to get anything from Canada Customs aka Canada Border Services in order to sell my vehicle in the U.S?
This vehicle although it's made in the UK meets all the U.S. Standards.