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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

Newbie
Aug 13, 2006
10 posts
Mikeroyal, i also have looked into buying then reselling but what I have found "i was told by an custom agent" was that the canadian govenment does track cars and the persons importing the for tax reasons. Since you are importing with the intent to sell you MUST declare it this way. He did say however that if you were to do one about every 9 months or so they would likely look the other way and not worry about it as some people do buy new cars almost every year for work.

To run it as a buisness I decided to not look any further so I cant offer any help that way
As for the Tribeca I too have decided to go this route for
a. the price difference!
b. the warranty
c. no issues with duties and getting the car certified
d. ITS a Subaru what else can be said.

Since your in Summerland have you considered contacting Joe Spitz from http://www.cars101.com/canada.html

I was looking for used but Im going to consider new now too.
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Mar 17, 2006
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Hi Htpcuser
Yes am aware of Joe Spitz and his web site, no I haven
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Jul 19, 2006
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I'm interested in buying a car from Washington State as I live in Vancouver.
Can you tell me how you would drive it over from the US to Vancouver?
What plates would you use, and how do you insure it?
Do you purchase a couple days insruance in WA state? And then purchase insurance from ICBC???
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Aug 13, 2006
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F1ash wrote:I'm interested in buying a car from Washington State as I live in Vancouver.
Can you tell me how you would drive it over from the US to Vancouver?
What plates would you use, and how do you insure it?
Do you purchase a couple days insruance in WA state? And then purchase insurance from ICBC???
For plates you need to have the dealer get you temporary intransit plates, these are usually good for 30 days.
For insurance you MUST prearrange for it with your insurance company.

And remember you cant just buy your car and drive it home the same day.
All the paper work must be at the boarder crossing a MINIMUM of 72 hours in advance.
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Nov 16, 2005
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Calgary, AB
aZnRYcEbOi wrote:It is valid for Nissans. I called both Nissan USA and Nissan Canada.

Nissan Canada says as long as there aren't any hidden clauses in the Nissan USA warranty, and that the USA warranty continues to be valid after import, then Nissan Canada will honour the warranty and you can get work done in Canada.

Then I called Nissan USA to confirm whether there are any hidden clauses regarding importing a car to Canada, and they said the USA warranty will continue to be valid.

I would presume it is the same policy for Infiniti, but someone should call to confirm.


One consideration though - I know someone who imported a 350z from the states last year, and although the warranty is valid, he says he had to jump through a few hoops in order to get Nissan Canada to perform warranty work.

Can you provide more info on this? I just purchased a new 2006 Nissan from the USA and was told at the dealer before I signed the paperwork the warranty was NOT valid in Canada. The warranty pdf files on both Nissan USA and Nissan Canada's sites seem to confirm this.

Goes something like if the vehicle is bought in one country and registered in the other within 6 months the warranty is no longer valid.

In the end, with how much I saved, I'm not overly concerned. Still would be nice to have it though. Also, it's one of the few manufacturers not listed in the previous thread so it could be helpful to find out and update that.
We are vigilant...
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Nov 2, 2003
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Sih wrote:Can you provide more info on this? I just purchased a new 2006 Nissan from the USA and was told at the dealer before I signed the paperwork the warranty was NOT valid in Canada. The warranty pdf files on both Nissan USA and Nissan Canada's sites seem to confirm this.

Goes something like if the vehicle is bought in one country and registered in the other within 6 months the warranty is no longer valid.

In the end, with how much I saved, I'm not overly concerned. Still would be nice to have it though. Also, it's one of the few manufacturers not listed in the previous thread so it could be helpful to find out and update that.
Nissan/Infiniti is transferable, read my post here with Sample Warranty from Infiniti site.
This warranty applies to a relocated
vehicle which is returned to, and is registered and
normally operated in the United States, the U.S. territories
or Canada, except for conditions due to the vehicle
shopper-X
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Jul 17, 2003
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Sih wrote:Can you provide more info on this? I just purchased a new 2006 Nissan from the USA and was told at the dealer before I signed the paperwork the warranty was NOT valid in Canada. The warranty pdf files on both Nissan USA and Nissan Canada's sites seem to confirm this.

Goes something like if the vehicle is bought in one country and registered in the other within 6 months the warranty is no longer valid.

In the end, with how much I saved, I'm not overly concerned. Still would be nice to have it though. Also, it's one of the few manufacturers not listed in the previous thread so it could be helpful to find out and update that.
Try calling head office yourself, and double check.

Also, now that you've bought the car, can't you just stop by an Infiniti dealer and get them to run your VIN to check your warranty status?
Deal Addict
Feb 7, 2006
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Adding to some info many pages earlier...

Daytime running lights.

I figured it was as easy as adding the module from Hamsar to the car. This is not the case. I purchased three separate modules from hamsar and one from NAPA. In the end I went with a auto electonics specialist (245.00).

Basically all they added was a relay like the hamsar module which keeps the headlights a full intensity all the time. Yes bulbs will burn out quicker but hamsar should have updated relays available for the new japanese cars soon.

Honda changed all the lighting modules so now you have to have a separate relay for each light. Plus they have something called a multiplexing unit to control the lights.

Check in advance with the dealer to see if they can have the vehicle setup before it leaves the dealership. I turned this down as I thought it would be an easy fix.

The Hamsar tech guy was very helpfull, eventually we would have got the problem working but I probably would have blown the car up in the process.

Lastly make sure to purchase three trip permits. Ask that one be kept blank for you to fill in later if unforseen problems occour. Each permit is good for three days and costs roughly 25.00 US.

Mike
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Mar 27, 2006
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I'm also looking at a Subaru Outback. Can get a new 07 for about $25,500 Canadian plus the taxes. Same car in Canada is around $34,000. However, the 07's are not on the approved list yet....so I'm waiting. The Dealer in Maine (closest state) does it all the time and looks after the paperwork. Added bonus....the Outback and Tribeca are made in USA...no duty and they also come standard with daytime running lights....so no mods needed.

Toyota dealer said he couldn't sell me a new car. So Subaru seems to be the best bet right now.
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Mar 12, 2005
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I am very interested in buying a pilot from states. It is definitely a big saving. A base model will only cost US$24,000, compared with CAD$39,000 in canada since Honda gives $3000 rebate in states now. It is still a good bet even without warranty. I asked a dealer in d.c. They said they can sell to me by cash. Any one has idea of the whole procedure to buy a car from states. This thread is just too long to get it clear.
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May 31, 2002
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Oakville, ON
I'm looking at Toyota Sienna. I have contacted five NY state dealers in near proximity to Buffalo and unfortunately, three of them said that they are not allowed to sell a new car to Canadians.

Does anybody know of an dealer near by (from GTA/Toronto) in states who is still willing to sell Toyota car to Canadians?

Thanks.
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Oct 25, 2005
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How about LEXUS? Does anyone who knew the LEXUS Dealer willing to sell to Canadian? :)
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Jul 15, 2003
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As long as our dollar stays strong, could I conceivably fly one way to Florida in December or maybe Myrtle Beach in March, buy a new Toyota Camry, drive it home and with the money I save offset the depreciation for 1 year? What I'm trying to say is: if I did this each year could I basically have a nice trip someplace warm, have a car to drive around for the week and sell the car used after 12 months for what I originally bought it for new thereby basically driving a new car every year for free?
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Feb 28, 2003
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stock_junkie wrote:As long as our dollar stays strong, could I conceivably fly one way to Florida in December or maybe Myrtle Beach in March, buy a new Toyota Camry, drive it home and with the money I save offset the depreciation for 1 year? What I'm trying to say is: if I did this each year could I basically have a nice trip someplace warm, have a car to drive around for the week and sell the car used after 12 months for what I originally bought it for new thereby basically driving a new car every year for free?
LOL that could work in your favor unless Toyota decides to adjust their MSRP inline with their US dealerships.
I can imagine the brutal drive back from florida to the cdn border every year would discourage most rfd'ers.
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Mar 2, 2005
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ecgz88 wrote:How about LEXUS? Does anyone who knew the LEXUS Dealer willing to sell to Canadian? :)
toolin4 wrote:To anyone interested, a Detroit area lexus dealer keeps advertising there used stock here in Windsor. They also offer to pay the duty (6.5% non-NAFTA tax). Prices seems reasonable.

http://www.meadelexus.com/en_US/

Most of the stuff their advertising is late model 04's and 05's.
toolin4 posted this a couple pages back.. can anyone confirm?
i guess since toyota wouldnt sell any new cars to us, lexus would be under the same rules?
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