Marzipan wrote: ↑Here is a brief account of getting a pre-owned vehicle from Oklahoma to Yukon. Is this the record distance for an import at 5,000 km?
Searched the Internet for a specific used 2008 Chevy product for months, keeping a spreadsheet showing total cost to get it home and value of each vehicle that scored well. When one popped up in Oklahoma (with less than 200 mi.) it took 3 days to be satisfied with the vehicle, make an offer and get it accepted. I got the Carfax vehicle history and the GM vehicle inquiry printout showing no recalls outstanding before buying. (RIV also advise we get recall letter before buying.)
As per earlier post, wired the money in full via Vancouver Bullion and Currency Exchange at about 1.07 CAD per USD. When money was confirmed as received booked non-refundable flights 3 weeks in advance - 4 hops - $520. Asked dealer not to send me any documents except fax of bill of sale.
Got the Montana export worksheet off the Internet. Filled it out boldly. Faxed it to dealer and asked them to fax it with title (back and front) and bill of sale (not yet signed by me) to US Export office. A week later, checked with the export office to get confirmation of clearance to export.
Went to my friendly insurance agent and added this extra vehicle to coverage effective on day I would pick it up. Pink slip added to my wallet.
For licence plates in USA, OK law requires dealers to affix paper plate to all new and pre-owned vehicles - good for 30 days. (Included in $69 dealer's document fee.) For Canada, Yukon law permits us to take a plate from another vehicle along with the registration just to get home.
Salesman met me at airport. ( Mexican salesman had car heater on because it was only 70 deg F.) Vehicle looked fine so signed bill of sale, odometer declaration, and other places where clerk put an "X". Got the original "recall letter", which was printed out 3 weeks earlier. Had title clerk put dealer's stamp on it to make it look official. (Beware, RIV require letter to be no more than 30 days old.) Also got 3 copies of title (in dealer's name) and bill of sale (dealer to me).
Three days later at Sweetgrass, MT export process was uneventful. Officer did not want any copies - just checked that the original title jived with faxed version. Very little traffic - so had time to look for "Export Vehicle Parking" sign. At Canada Customs, agent filled out Form 1. Paid GST on value using 1.15 exchange rate. Got ripped off by not getting my $400 exemption for being out of Canada for 72 hours - miscommunication. One other importer was bringing in a Camry.
Pulled over at the weigh scales to put on my Yukon plate. Got out Owner's Manual to find out which buttons to push to switch from US to metric. Then off to encounter the madness of Calgary and Edmonton drivers.
Back home, sent RIV fee by Internet. Also faxed "recall letter". Minor glitch was that a few days later RIV "had not received or could not read" their copy of Form 1. (Border agent had tiny handwriting which may not have faxed clearly.) RIV helpfully invited me to fax Form 1. Next day they emailed me Form 2, the inspection form.
Canadian Tire did the inspection. One other vehicle also in for a RIV check. Seems their cut of the $195 RIV fee was $53.
Prior to buying used in the US, I asked local GM dealer for a price on the new vehicle but got the usual about very little marjin to work with. Also called GM Canada and pointed out there was a 10,000 CAD pricing difference after the only incentive - a gas card. Was there anything they could do? No!
One more call to GM Canada to clarify warranty status. It is: no warranty in Canada until vehicle has been in service for 12 months AND has 12,000 km on the odometer. The contact at GM recorded me as the owner of this vehicle in their system. Also she eagerly gave me the 800 number to buy a recall letter.
I won't attempt to tell you how many $$$ I saved. Here are the salient facts.
New from local dealer, with zero on odo and full warranty - taxes and all - MSRP before dealing - 31,300 CAD
Used from OK, back at my driveway, 5,500 km on the odo but restricted warranty - air fare, gas costs, 3 motels, RIV fee, taxes and all - 21,500 CAD.
Congrats! Another happy RFDer!