a) Payment to dealers / private sellers in the U.S.
b) For driving back to Canada. How do you get U.S. temp. plates/insurance.
Dec 27th, 2012 9:52 am
Dec 27th, 2012 10:28 am
Having said and done it all, how much were you able to save roughly.Haps13 wrote: ↑Jun 5th, 2012 7:45 amImport Report:
Bought a 2012 Honda Pilot in New Mexico. It had 1000 miles on it. I had no success arranging shipping to Sault Ste Marie, MI. So I decided to fly down and pick it up. We had already fedexed paperwork back and forth so the dealership picked me up at the airport. I dropped the guy off. They gave me a temporary New Mexico plate and off I went.
I had faxed my title and bill of sale to the US customs about 9 days in advance. I pulled up to the bridge toll and asked the attendant for US customs. She told me to pull over under the balcony(where they do vehicle searches). I pulled up and their were 2 border agents there. I told them I needed to export a vehicle. The one guy took me inside while the other gave the vehicle a quick once over and checked the VIN.
Inside at the counter I said I was exporting the vehicle and I had faxed in the paperwork last week. I handed over the title and bill of sale and 5 minutes later I had a stamped title and was off to the Canadian Customs.
I pulled up to the booth and told the attendant I was importing the vehicle. She asked how much I paid and wrote it down on a yellow slip and gave it to me and told me to pull under the vehicle inspection canopies.
I went inside and handed the slip to the guy at the counter. He wanted to see bill of sale, title, ID. He started fillling out RIV's Form 1 and collected their fee. He converted sale price and calculated tax and sent me to cashier to pay the 5% tax portion. Then he sent me on my way.
I got home and scanned title front and back and recall clearance and emailed it to RIV at around 7:20AM. 8:20AM I got an email back with FORM 2 from them. I printed it and headed down to Canadian Tire. They did the RIV inspection but I also had to pay $75 for a safety certificate because it was a used vehicle.
An hour later I was standing in the MTO office. Handed her the title, bill of sale, form1, form2, the safety, and the reciept from paying the tax at border. Paid the provincial portion of the taxes and had a green ownership slip in my hand 10mins later.
All in all a very simple process. I remember how daunting it seemed at first and in all my research everyone who has done it says it's easy. I'm one of them now. It really is easy.
Dec 27th, 2012 11:59 am
a. Certified cheque, direct deposit via wiring money
Dec 27th, 2012 3:21 pm
Dec 28th, 2012 3:54 pm
Dec 28th, 2012 5:43 pm
Yup I bought my tribeca from him before Subaru stopped selling new cars to Canadians. Joe is a very straightforward no BS guy. You have to know exactly what you want and he'll get it for you. He doesn't waste time trying to sell you junk, you have to tell him what you want. Model/Colour/Options. When I went to pick up my car, I was in and out of the dealership in less than an hour, and at least half that time was him showing me how stuff worked on the car. He sold quite a few cars to Canadians before (there is a secontion on cars101 about it) so he should know the procedure.
Dec 28th, 2012 9:15 pm
Dec 29th, 2012 12:30 am
Just out of curiosity, are you referring to invoice price as the price tag on the vehicle or a price that dealer pays for the car?
Dec 29th, 2012 12:13 pm
You probably have this sorted, but thought I'd mention the "large amount of cash across the border" thingy for others that are opting for this method. As you've likely seen in US customs forms at the airport, you have to declare amounts of cash > $10K. You can actually bring along any amount of cash you wish as long as the proper form is filled out beforehand, but it is a separate form. I think I posted the form details in this thread a long time ago - a search should find it.koleso wrote: ↑Dec 28th, 2012 3:54 pmWanted to get everyone's opinion.
I pretty much decided what I want but i cant seem to rationalize what sort of buying power I have.
Say I found a 2 year old vehicle I like priced at 20K in SC. If I show up and start negotiating with cash payment is it realistic to pay 17k? Just trying to understand how low the dealers are willing to go in states if you show up with cash on hand.
Dec 30th, 2012 1:10 pm
When did this happen? I bought mine just a couple of months ago.
Dec 31st, 2012 1:26 pm
Jan 1st, 2013 12:58 am
I imported a 2011 X3...no changes neccessary...but if u want to have the 4 yr/50 mi scheduled maintenance done in Canada you'll probably need to spend upwards of $2000 to get the dash changed over...thats just a guess on my part though
Jan 1st, 2013 1:54 pm
Jan 1st, 2013 5:45 pm
Did that change recently? I had thought it had been to keep the warranty it required modifications (Cluster) to be done.
Jan 2nd, 2013 5:00 pm
Joe sent me an email some time ago explaining that some Canadians were beating him up for a couple of hundred bucks. His pricing was amazing and I guess people weren't satisfied saving $5000-8000 or more on a loaded Subaru, they wanted to save an extra $100 so they could have bragging rights on getting the best deal. Joe simply shut those folks down by simply opting not to sell to Canadians.