Yes, it's true that the act of importing the car into Canada voids the factory warranty, unless you can claim that you were domiciled in the US and then moved to Canada.jgmaull wrote: ↑I have read a lot of the posts in this thread, and just wanted to confirm in case i have missed this. Is it true that Honda canada will NOT recognize ANY warranty of USA cars in Canada, whether it is bought new or Used. I have been looking at a some almost new MDX's for the price, but if there is no warranty, I cannot take the risk. I had been looking at Ford and GM crossovers here in Canada, but if I could get a MDX in usa for a couple of thousand more, the difference is amazing, and it will hold its value so much better. It is time to get rid of my '99 TL - love the car , but need more space with the kiddies.
I think the decision of buying in Canada versus the US depends on one's tolerance for risk. If you think about it, buying in Canada amounts to paying thousands (potentially 7-8 at a guess on an MDX) for a warranty that will cover the potentiality of a problem. Buying in the States, you don't get the warranty but you do save that money which could be used to fix any problems that might arise. You can do an awful lot of work on a car for that kind of money, and Hondas/Acuras are not known for their unreliability so the odds are in your favour.
If you want coverage, there are third party warranty companies you can buy it from. If you go this route, you have to be careful from whom you buy; some warranty companies disappear and take your premiums with them. Unfortunately the most reputable company, Lubrico, will not warranty privately imported vehicles.