Filed by Mars2012 on May 21, 2020
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Mar 1st, 2020 10:28 pm
Mar 2nd, 2020 8:09 am
1. I would contact the POE she will cross at to confirm as ultimately, it's the Border Agent's opinion that matters but I've driven a car from Canada into the US specifically for what you've described without waiting and returned to Canada immediately.krazykh wrote: ↑ I apologize if the information I am looking for is already in this massive thread but i could not find it. My situation is as follows
My Sister who lives in the US wants to gift me her old car. The car is already in Canada right now, she drove it here then the car developed some issue so she left it here and flew back, I got the car fixed later. She bought a new car and does not need this one anymore so is letting me have it for free. Now my questions are:
1. Once she has received the ITN number and faxed the title to the Border crossing ,and after waiting a minimum of 3 business days (72 hours), can she fly in and drive the car across the border back into USA and then just turn around and come back to the border again or is there some sort of minimum duration that she would have to wait ?
2. How will the title transfer take place as the car would be in her name when imported into Canada and she does not have a Canadian driver's license nor insurance here, so will it be possible to then get the title transferred over to me ? or Do I need to have the title in my name before the vehicle is imported into Canada ?
I would be most grateful for any and all help in this matter. Thank you
Mar 2nd, 2020 8:13 am
The exchange definitely hurts but it ultimately depends on the price you find the car at. Note that an "in-warranty" Honda might not be the best choice for Canadian import because you'll be paying a premium for a car that still has a warranty which will get voided as soon as you register it in Canada.
May 13th, 2020 10:07 pm
May 13th, 2020 10:17 pm
Oh wow! Welcome back OP! I first read your post years ago when I was looking, but never followed through with the import. Your info was really handy and I'm glad you were able to help many people. Initially I was looking to import a Porsche.Monsieurmaggot wrote: ↑ Hard to believe this thread is 14 years old. Over the years, I got emails from 100s of Canadians who successfully imported cars from the US. I still own the car I imported and it runs like new. Sadly, I still occasionally find my free import instructions copied and posted on other sites that charge for the information. With the Canadian dollar in the dumper and Subaru getting bad press over the years, it’s no longer financially beneficial to buy new Subarus in the US. I’m currently pricing new cars and for the most part, the savings aren’t there anymore. You can still find great deals on some used cars in the US. The import rules for used cars are much simpler. My website is still up but admittedly the information might no longer be applicable.
May 13th, 2020 10:33 pm
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Jun 23rd, 2020 10:41 am
Not sure if it's been posted in the thread but I just noticed that the RIV fee is now $310 + tax (as of August 1st 2018 so it's been like that for a while).michelb wrote: ↑Just an FYI, RIV has quietly increased the fee to $295 + tax as of Jan 1 2017. Not a huge deal but still an extra cost on what was already a money grab ...
http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/publications/cn-a ... 0-eng.html
Jun 23rd, 2020 11:14 pm
I completely agree with this fee increase.michelb wrote: ↑ Not sure if it's been posted in the thread but I just noticed that the RIV fee is now $310 + tax (as of August 1st 2018 so it's been like that for a while).
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publication ... 6-eng.html
Jul 7th, 2020 1:34 am
I haven't compared car prices lately, but around mid 2010's, I've noticed many cars/motorcycles were cheaper here than US. Another example is the cheapest items at Dollarama/Dollartree Canada has been CAD1.25 for about a decade now, so as Dollartree USA has been USD1. There are countless other examples like Starbucks, McDonald's, etc, I wouldn't say the prices have 'stabilized', we, consumers don't make noises when the way things are happening in our favor. I'm pretty sure things get cheaper in USA when the loonie gets strong again.
Jul 8th, 2020 10:20 am
I was wondering about this since I hadn't looked either, and you might be right.
Jul 8th, 2020 12:51 pm
Jul 9th, 2020 9:23 am
Agreed - lots of other factors to consider, just a quick check starting with MSRP. The exchange rate is the key issue.michelb wrote: ↑ Certainly the CAD$ is not great to buy in the US at the moment but you really have to look at individual cases and you can't even just look at MSRP as you really have to look at the actual "out-the-door" price (e.g. in the US, as far as I can tell, dealers typically sell at invoice where as in Canada, dealers typically sell at MSRP (although maybe not the big 3)).
Jul 9th, 2020 11:37 am
Aug 31st, 2020 1:36 pm
I want to thank you for your work in helping me and many others save money and also force the manufacturers to stop (well....at least minimize) the great disparity between US and Canadian car prices. I went to a Subaru dealership in October 2007 and was dismayed at the price. I then went online and found your postings. I bought my car in the US in November 2007 - at an exchange rate of 1.03 US dollars to one Cdn dollar to boot - and saved $17k in the process.Monsieurmaggot wrote: ↑ Thanks so much. Once Ryan left (one of the founders) and RFD was sold, the new owners quickly forgot my contributions and started putting restrictions on what I was able to post. Some insiders told me Canadian car manufacturers might have had a part in it. I simply stopped posting under my OP moniker and moved on. I would stop by from time to time. The thread was edited but it remains largely intact. I still have the thousands of emails I received thanking me for the thread. The highlight was when I appeared on CTV National News and CP24 with my story. The finance minister at the time was compelled to comment on why there was price inequity in Canada. Those prices have since stabilized and I’d like to think it was in part thanks to the negative publicity that National TV exposure could bring.
Dec 19th, 2020 3:34 pm
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Dec 20th, 2020 9:31 am
I was told by ON Ministry of Transport and CBSA that they don't extend the "tax exemption on family transfers" to imports and on import of a family gift, you will have to pay taxes (as well as the import fees) on an assessed value. (From my experience, at the border, CBSA will basically browse AutoTrader and Kijiji listings to estimate the value if you don't have a bill of sale / 3rd party estimate).