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Poll: Are Canadian cars overpriced

  • Total votes: 335. You have voted on this poll.
I have no voice, Canadian Dealers/Manufacturers are taking advantage of the Canadian consumer
 
112
33%
In most cases, new cars purchased in the US are almost always thousands cheaper
 
149
44%
I owe no one a living, competition is good. Thank you NAFTA!
 
61
18%
With the exchange rate factored in, Canadian prices are roughly the same
 
6
2%
With the exchange rate and financing, Canadian prices are cheaper - Buy Canadian!
 
7
2%

Poll ended at Dec 28th, 2006 1:46 pm

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May 1, 2003
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I e-mailed subaru canada and asked if the warranty on a US purchased subaru would be honored in Canada and got this reply:

[QUOTE]
The reciprocal warranty agreement with Subaru of America covers US vehicle owners who have purchased US vehicles and currently reside and/or are traveling, transferred, or vacationing in Canada. The intent of the reciprocal warranty agreement is to allow US visitors the benefit of emergency warranty repairs while in Canada.

As it is an uncommon practice and only meant to offer assistance to US citizens vacationing or in transit through Canada your dealer may encounter difficulties determining if a repair is warrantable which may in turn delay the repair process. This program was not designed to accommodate Canadian residents who have purchased a Subaru vehicle in the United States for the purpose of importing the car into Canada.

Should you decide to import a US vehicle into Canada you will need to contact the NRIV (National Registrar of Imported Vehicles) at 1-888-848-8240 or online at www.riv.ca for additional information regarding this process.

We trust this information is helpful.

Sincerely,


Christina Morris
Senior Consumer Support Representative
After Sales
1-800-894-4212
www.subaru.ca
[/QUOTE]

So I read that as: Yes they will honor the warranty but don't really want people buying cars in the US and bringing them here.
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raymondy wrote:Statement of compliance label is usually not a letter you get from the manufacturer. It is the label you will find on the door jam of the vehicle saying that the car meets all US standards. Goto [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=78]EBAY[/rfdlink] and look at some of the listings and usually they show a picture of that label. Here is an example on a Volvo XC90.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-XC9 ... dZViewItem

Thanks Raymondy (and of course Monsieurmaggot) for that info. That's actually kind of what I thought it was, but I wasn't 100% sure. I'm gonna do this this weekend... I'll let you all know how it goes... probably won't be back until Monday or Tuesday though (long drive)...

Wish me luck!
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Dec 10, 2003
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If anyone has any pointers to a US Toyota dealer near the Ontario border that is willing to sell to Canadians, I'd really appreciate a PM. I haven't been having any luck. Subaru, on the other hand, was a piece of cake.
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Aug 23, 2003
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johnsa wrote:Avoid it if Salvage Title ..I looked into it and is near impossible in Ontario, anyways...Otherwise great deal...or consider importing a new one...Dealer invoice is about $25k on a new base model 350Z
I called that place to see if they had any more 350z's and they did. It is a salvage title though.
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Nov 1, 2005
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I'm looking at buying a 2003 BWM M5 in the states and was wondering if anyone knew if the CPO warranty was transferrable to a Canadian purchaser?

Thanks!
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Dec 30, 2005
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Monsieurmaggot wrote:Hi Nanirina:

I just sent you a PM with the Northtown Sales rep. who deals exclusively with Canadian buyers.

Monsieurmaggot, could you please PM me with the northtown Rep also...thx. I PM'd you, but don't know if it reaches your email.
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Jan 11, 2004
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hey...for those who bought a brand new car...what other charges are there?

so lets say i wanted a honda civic withg MRSP 19,950 USD. its build in canada so theres no duty. do i still have to pay canadian tax or any other fees? (i know theres the RIV, A/C, and few other things but anything major like taxes)
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anyone had experience with BMW or Lexus dealers in the US? how much did u pay for import and taxes?

how much did u save in the end?
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yyz2hkg wrote:Well, the MSRP price of 19950 USD is taxed at the border 7%GST and 7%PST when you register your plates.

Correct me if i'm wrong...
6% GST :cheesygri
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ok wait...so i would still have to pay 14% tax on my car that i imported?

so a car made in the NAFTA would be price + 14% tax + all fees?

and a car made in japan or some place elsewhere would be price + 6.125% duty + 14% tax + all fees?

that wouldnt be a hot deal anymore.

CAD cost for civic: total $27,251.70 MRSP - can probably get it for 26000ish after dealings
US cost for same civic: $19,010 USD = ~$21,601.11 CAD x 1.14 = 24625

so savings will be approx 2,000?

all that trouble for 2,000?....i think i'll just get it here.

correct me if i'm wrong.
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rfdmember, if you plan on picking up a Lexus or BMW, you would need to determine where the car is made.

A simple (not necessarily 100% accurate) method to determine if a car is DUTY EXEMPT, look at the VIN number. If the first character is a letter, there will be 6.1% duty. If it's a number, then it's DUTY EXEMPT.

While duty does add to the overall cost, depending on what you buy, you can still save thousands.

From what I was told by a RIV rep, I pay Duty first on the selling price (converted), then pay PST and GST based on that number. Essentially you pay PST and GST on the duty.
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Hey Mack;

I don't know how you compare pricing, but in the US, dealers sell cars based on invoice not the MSRP (like the whacky Canadian dealers). The invoice price for a base CIVIC is $13327 USD.

Convert it at 15% exchange works out to be $15300ish. That's a considerable savings.

Since the model options vary, you need to compare options to options.

Honda is notorious for letting you add $10k in options to a $15k car.

Here is a great link for generic price information:

http://autos.yahoo.com/new_cars.html
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Monsieurmaggot wrote:Hey Mack;

I don't know how you compare pricing, but in the US, dealers sell cars based on invoice not the MSRP (like the whacky Canadian dealers). The invoice price for a base CIVIC is $13327 USD.

Convert it at 15% exchange works out to be $15300ish. That's a considerable savings.

Since the model options vary, you need to compare options to options.

Honda is notorious for letting you add $10k in options to a $15k car.

Here is a great link for generic price information:

http://autos.yahoo.com/new_cars.html

ohh snap...i based my price on MRSP from their site..i guess its wrong....

w0w...thanks for the site you made my day...LOL...the civic coupe EX is $16,884 USD - W0W! so its like 21825 CAD after the conversion and taxes VS the 27000ish here

btw...does it matter what dealership you go to?...like would different states have different prices?

$6000 in savings!
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