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#4734 of 4763 Re: Importing new BMWs to Canada [robertaz]
Aug 19, 2011 (1:51 pm)
Yes you are correct. Their cars were serviced under warranty for defects to the vehicle.
Maintenance costs, like oil changes and so forth are not covered by Canadian dealers. Some US based BMWs even have ware and tear maintenance packages - those are also NOT honored by Cdn dealerships.
#4735 of 4763 Re: Q 5 audi [ginda]
Sep 09, 2011 (10:45 am)
Were you able to import an audi q5? We are thinking of getting one from the States and seems like noone is selling near the border.
#4736 of 4763 Re: Family wants to 'bring' a car - US to Canada [robertaz]
Sep 19, 2011 (10:44 am)
I need some help here, I've been calling different places and the information is so confusing.
First a little background:
I am married to an American girl, we are currently in the process of getting her permanent residency here.
In the meantime she is going to Plattsburgh State University.
Her uncle (lives in NYC) wants to give us his car, mint condition 2000 BMW 323i.
I know to bring it here, I have to send in a form to the RIV (registry of imported vehicles).
I know I also have to pay a 100$ tax for the A/C
In quebec, they do not charge tax on a car that is 10+ years old, but they say if the border charges federal tax, they have to charge tax as well.
The border says the use the Canadian Red Book for evaluation, how far back does that go?
Can I get around this because it's a gift from her uncle, if not, we can always give it to her mom first and then to me.
Also I was told I might have to pay duty because the car is made in Germany.
Any experts on this here?
#4737 of 4763 Re: Family wants to 'bring' a car - US to Canada [darkseeker]
Sep 19, 2011 (10:56 am)
There are so many issues with importing a BMW into Canada, especially one that is 11 years old, that I would recommend that the uncle sell the BMW and give the money to your wife. Then buy an 11 year old BMW in Canada if that is really what you want. Or buy a used, but newer, Toyota or Lexus in the US with the money received from the uncle, which are much easier to import, and the warranty is honored here in Canada.
Just my 2 cents worth
#4738 of 4763 Re: Family wants to 'bring' a car - US to Canada [darkseeker]
Sep 19, 2011 (11:01 am)
If the title is in your girlfriends name when she officially moves up here and takes up residence, there should be no sales tax or duties due. (they wrongly made me pay with my similar situation at the border, but I got it refunded later. I think the problem at the border is they mostly see Canadians importing cars to save some bucks, and aren't very familiar with the tax exemptions for people moving to Canada who already own the vehicle). Try and get a recall letter from a friendly dealer in the states before you bring the car to Canada. It's just a printout from their computerized car history confirming that any safety related factory recall work has been done. They don't need it at the border, but the crooks at BMW Canada charge $500 for this one or two page computer printout. My American service advisor did it for me in no time at allwhile I was getting my keys back from him after an oil change, he just asked that I not use his name if anyone asked where I got it. If the car has Idrive, you can turn on the daytime running lights yourself, that is all my 06 3 series neede to comply with Canadian laws. BMW Canada will also insist that you need a new instrument cluster with big kilometer numbers and little mph numbers, which is not a legal requirement, as long as the kilometer numbers are there. Good luck to you.
#4739 of 4763 Re: Family wants to 'bring' a car - US to Canada [pkfolly]
Sep 19, 2011 (11:09 am)
Thanks for the insight.
If i do it now, do you know if I will pay taxes on a car that is gifted and 11 years old.
#4740 of 4763 how not to import a vehicle
Oct 05, 2011 (6:28 am)
Canadian border agents said they seized a brand new Porsche Cayenne SUV after a man failed to declare it at the Lansdowne international border crossing. The man told border officials he was borrowing the $67,000 vehicle from a friend. The Canada Border Services Agency said in a news release that an officer flagged the man for inspection on Sept. 28 as he attempted to drive the SUV over the Thousand Islands Bridge southwest of Brockville. Officers discovered documents showing the man had bought the luxury SUV in the United States four days earlier and had registered it under his friend's name. Police charged Mohammed Shakir of Richmond Hill, Ont., with smuggling, making false statements and evading compliance under the Customs Act. He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in Brockville court on Nov. 4.
#4741 of 4763 Re: how not to import a vehicle [michaelnorbert]
Oct 05, 2011 (11:59 am)
I wonder if he will be able to eventually keep the vehicle and how much of a fine he will have to pay on top of taxes owed.
Also, how did he plan to insure the vehicle? If his friend insured the vehicle for the US and he then had an accident driving the vehicle in Canada, I'm pretty sure the insurance would have been null and void. It is pretty risky to drive around a vehicle without insurance, especially without public liability insurance.
It would be very interesting to know the answers to these questions.
#4742 of 4763 importing car from usa/florida to canada/toronto
Oct 10, 2011 (3:08 pm)
Hello, I live in toronto/canada and my brother is US citizen. He has Honda Civic 2004 2 door coupe and i want to bring it here. Please advice me which would be the best way to bring it here and how much would be the cost including taxes and everything. Is it considered as gift from family and some benefits of that? Is it good to ship it or to drive it ? Should he sell it there and send me money to buy another car here if costs are more? Please guide me..
#4743 of 4763 Re: 2008 nissan frontier [scarlet52]
Feb 23, 2012 (12:49 pm)
Did you get the EIS problem resolved?