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#4723 of 4763 Re: Importing new BMWs to Canada [robertaz]
May 18, 2011 (1:42 pm)
Roberta, If you car is under warranty, CDN dealerships should service your vehicle.
What you will not get is of course the included scheduled maintenance package.
For the included scheduled maintenance you will have to drive to the nearest US BMW Dealership.
check out www.bimmerpost.com and go to the forums corresponding to your vehicle.
Many importers have successfullly serviced their car under warranty at CDN dealerships. Remember BMW Canada/North America reimburses the service department at the dealership.
#4724 of 4763 Re: Importing new BMWs to Canada [bav_fan07]
May 18, 2011 (2:53 pm)
When you say "Many importers have successfullly serviced their car under warranty at CDN dealerships. ", do you mean warranty service (i.e., defective part still under warranty) or maintenance? I expect to pay maintenance costs, as I know they're not covered.
#4725 of 4763 Family wants to 'bring' a car - US to Canada
May 22, 2011 (6:13 pm)
Wondering if somebody can help me with this issue.
My brother is in States who wants to send me a suv. He has offered me that he can drive it all the way up to Toronto. It will help me save a huge amount which i'd have to pay to auto movers if he sends it on a trailer.
Is this at all possible? A family member bringing a car and leaving it in Canada? Any legality issues?
Any advice is highly appreciated.
#4726 of 4763 Re: Family wants to 'bring' a car - US to Canada [toronto2011]
May 24, 2011 (7:49 am)
Is this a new SUV? If so, it's a bit more complicated. You'll have to get some paperwork completed.
You will also have to install daytime running lights and a speedo that indicates km (if needed). The vehicle will also have to pass an emissions test and you will need a letter from the dealer or manufacturer indicating that the vehicle is not under any recall advisories.
#4727 of 4763 Re: Family wants to 'bring' a car - US to Canada [robertaz]
May 24, 2011 (8:17 am)
Thanks for your response. Have couple of follow ups..if you dont mind.
Its a Honda CR-V, small suv. Day time running lights? Ok let me check if the car has this option, if not, how much it will take to do this. I wonder if this comes as a standard in all North American vehicles?
There was another thing i read on Canadian website about Electronic Immobilizer system. Perhaps will have to install that as well.
Lastly, any ideas if a family member is driving this vehicle across the border to give it to me? I was wondering how this will work. So far i've only seen two options, either a Canadian resident going down to buy and then drive the car themselves or buying it but then shipping it to canadian address.
Any comments on that?
#4728 of 4763 Re: Family wants to 'bring' a car - US to Canada [toronto2011]
May 24, 2011 (7:19 pm)
I don't know anything about an electronic immobilizer. Once again, is the car new or used? Here's a link to a site that can answer your questions:
I don't think it matters whether you or a relative brings the car up. YOu will still have to follow all of the procedures. Is the car manufactured in the U.S.? If not, you will have to pay 6.1% duty on it. In addition, there's a $100 tax if the vehicle has air conditioning. You will need to get a recall letter from the dealer or manufacturer and will have to clear the vehicle at the U.S. border at least 72 hours before physically bringing it across to Canada.
Check the above link for all of the details. Good luck!
#4729 of 4763 Export/Import Location...
Jun 24, 2011 (10:48 am)
Does anyone know if Windsor or Sarnia can be used for the export/import? I previously had to go to lewiston NY. Source for this info.
Also, if anyone needs info on importing new 911, as I did, serious questions are welcome.
#4730 of 4763 Re: Import a new Acura MDX into Canada [good2all]
Jul 17, 2011 (12:47 pm)
Not sure if you already purchased your MDX. We just imported endf of April a brand new 2011 Odyssey from the US. Of course, I take a chance not having Honda warranty, but we saved over $10K in the process.
We had a relative in US purchasing the new car, then resale to us once they received the title from their state DMV (Dept of Motor Vehicle).
You need the title in order to export from the US into Canada.(you have to show the title to both US and Canadian Customs and to plate the car at provincial level). By the way, my relative have to pay state tax 3,12% when they register/title the Odyssey.
Not sure how the dealer asking you only the US address can provide the title. Perhaps, they can get the MSO ?
#4731 of 4763 Re: Import a new Acura MDX into Canada [tthanh]
Jul 17, 2011 (3:08 pm)
Why was it necessary for the vehicle to be purchased in the US first? When I bought my Subaru in 2008 I purchased directly from a US Subaru dealer. Does Honda not allow it's dealers to sell new vehicles directly to Canadians? I believe this is the case with some manufactures such as Toyota (both Toyota and Lexus), but I did not think such was the case with Honda.
BTW, I am still sending out copies of my purchasing experience/steps to those people who want a copy. My doc has been updated to incoporate the experiences of 2 addional people who purchased after I did. Just send your request to:
All I ask in return is that you send me any updates that you can provide to help keep my doc as current as possible.
Aug 19, 2011 (2:11 pm)
As you know, Lexus won’t sell new vehicle to Canadians, I am planning to buy it on my friends name and then my friend will sell it me. The only problem I see is I will have pay sales tax two times on that vehicle. First, when my friend will buy it for me and then when I register the vehicle in Canada.
I will pay anywhere between 3.5K to 4K gst in USA. Is there a way to get around this?
Thx for your help.