View Full Version : BMW being sued over vehicle import rules

03-01-2008, 03:31 PM

Coles Notes: basically two leasing companies are suing BMW and Mercedes-Benz Canada, and RIV (i think) for failing the Competition Act. As we know there are outrageous fees for documentation in order to import a vehicle from the US. These leasing companies are seeking an alarming 1-billion dollars in damages over this. I think its crazy and out of nowhere, the poor people and BMW and Mercedes-Benz Canada are probably freaking out! Good news is that importing vehicles from the US is probably going to go back to normal now.

03-01-2008, 03:40 PM
Good news for me indeed!

03-01-2008, 04:02 PM
Great news. The people that make those rules up are hardly "poor."

03-01-2008, 04:35 PM

03-01-2008, 04:41 PM
i didn't mean it like they are poor, financially or anything. I meant it as an "i feel sorry for them that this fell on their plate out of nowhere," type of comment. I know some people in the Communications department of BMW Canada and they work hard dealing with every issue that comes up with the BMW brand. And this for sure is huge, I mean they are getting sued for a BILLION dollars.

03-01-2008, 04:51 PM
it didnt fall on their plate out of nowhere, they made a stupid decision and now i hope they suffer the consequences.

03-01-2008, 04:59 PM
Hopefully that will force these companies to adjust their pricing. e.g. an e92 M3 is MSRP 71,000 CND and 55,000 USD in the states. That's almost 30% difference! which is outright ridiculous given the current state of the canadian dollar.


03-01-2008, 05:04 PM
i hope they have to pay out 1,000,000,000$.

we have antitrust laws for a reason, just because this circumvents them because it deals with import export to another country shouldn't mean they should get away with it. This is a cash grab by bmw, let em know how it feels.

03-01-2008, 05:26 PM
****en right!

03-01-2008, 06:14 PM
the rules were made to make it difficult and expensive to import BMW products from the states, and no other reason. just look at the timing! why o why would they implement such regulations exactly when our dollar was strong? Now they can price their cars however they want and get away with it. I say they should have to make the full payout, its clear as day that this violates antitrust laws and hurts competition.

craz azn
03-01-2008, 08:16 PM
linky no worky?

Dr. Flyview
03-01-2008, 08:28 PM
Saw this in the Metro paper on Friday.

03-01-2008, 08:33 PM

03-02-2008, 04:23 PM
Another form of price fixing - hope they pay dearly!

03-02-2008, 04:30 PM
So wait, does this mean that the pricing now is gonna be like the US instead of retarded price differences?

If so, Hooray!

03-02-2008, 04:41 PM

03-02-2008, 10:37 PM
dont think there's much of a chance they will drop prices like Porsche and other companies have done. They've already said in recent weeks that BMW doesnt respond to short term fluctuations in the currency market. They feel it could cause instability in the premium market, and i dont blame their reasoning. But it is a class action suit, so if anyone has imported a Bimmer recently and paid those outrageous recall letter prices there's a chance you can get your money back. stay tuned folks.

03-03-2008, 12:54 PM
This is good news to regulate what BMW and Benz are doing. If anything, it will force them to provide the RIV Recall letters for a minimal fee.

It would be nice if OMVIC found BMW and Benz in violation of the “Motor Vehicle Dealers Act – MVDA”, and loose their license for a month or so. :D

This will force them to play nice in the automotive industry, and make it known to the general public what BMW and Benz are doing!

03-03-2008, 12:58 PM
Call me a skeptic, but I don't see it going anywhere.

03-03-2008, 02:12 PM
hey guys, what are the disadvantages of bringing BMW from US?

03-03-2008, 04:49 PM
hey guys, what are the disadvantages of bringing BMW from US?

just the headache with all the paper work. It takes about a month to get everything done.

03-03-2008, 04:56 PM
just the headache with all the paper work. It takes about a month to get everything done.

Nah it takes a week max.

03-03-2008, 05:32 PM
The longest wait is in reporting the VIN number to the US customs on exit. That process takes around 3 business days but may take longer if you don't follow up on it.


Boots R
03-03-2008, 05:52 PM
Nah it takes a week max.

I'm pretty sure Julian JUST went through the process. He would know better than anyone.

03-03-2008, 07:28 PM
Nah it takes a week max.

takes a month. The recall letter takes 15-20 days alone.

03-03-2008, 07:30 PM
takes a month. The recall letter takes 15-20 days alone.

well that sucks.... why so long my buddy bought a car but it was a year ago and he got recall letter within a day or two.

03-03-2008, 08:32 PM
I guess they changed things up a bit.

Once you find the car:
Wait for car to be delivered to the border: 5 days
VIN to border, 72hrs in advance: 4 days essentially
Admissability Letter from BMW: 2-3 days

Pick the car up from the border, 1 day.
enable DRL's on the car, and whatever else needed for canadian standards: 1 day.
wait for recall letter: 15-20 days
apply for RIV inspection letter: 2 days
Inspect car at canadian tire/emissions/safety: 1 day
Go to ministry for plates: 1 day.

They add up a lot in the end.

Some of them overlap obviously, but the shortest time you can do it is like 25 days.

03-04-2008, 02:44 AM
wait for recall letter: 15-20 days

What letter is that? From BMW USA?

03-04-2008, 03:02 AM
BMW canada