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Crazy4Banger
04-29-2006, 02:46 AM
The US/Canadian exchange rate today was at 1.11, I think its really worth it to buy a car from the states now.

bmdbley'sBro
04-29-2006, 12:18 PM
depends though...

if the car is 15yrs old (?) or newer you'll get raped in duties, tax's all that.
or so i remember reading.. :confused:

djcontra
04-29-2006, 12:47 PM
actually not true. My father bought his hummer from ebay believe it or not and got it shipped from the US for just the cost of towing (roughly $2000 or so). My next car I buy used I plan to get from one of the southern states where rust isn't an issue *th-up*

Redster
04-29-2006, 01:13 PM
What about safety/emission? What adjustments have to be done before car can be registered in Canada?

So there was no dax/duty at all??

Crazy4Banger
04-29-2006, 03:09 PM
there is tax and duty, its 7% ontario tax and 6% duty, its little less than the total tax you're paying when buying a car from a canadian dealer (15%). The paper work at the border isn't that bad also. As I know of if the car is road worthy in the US its fine here also, you might need to do emissions here. If you're buying a new car your saving alot $$$, a new M3 in the states MSRP is $49000 compare to canada's $74000. $49000 * 1.11 = $54000.

propr'one
04-29-2006, 03:13 PM
AMG_Power pointed out this difference a while ago when he was thinking about a sl55, its becoming very worth it

Understated
04-29-2006, 03:21 PM
yup recently with the rising dollar it's becoming more favourable for us....but it's still not THAAAAT much of a difference unless you are getting a greaat deal on the car....tehre is a LARGE writeup somewhere around here....

If i can't find a clean drop top e46 when my search begins i will look into importing from south of the border :)

Darkness95m3
04-30-2006, 04:44 AM
I purchased my 95M3 for $12,000 Canadian with duties in 2003. The average asking price for an 95 M3 then was anywhere beween $25,000 and $32,000. Also my vehicle spent all of it's life in Arizona. In my books I would say go for it.

Redster
04-30-2006, 10:08 AM
How did you guys go about checking history of the car there? Also, what's the rpocess to drive it back here (what plates, insurance, where do you transfer ownership etc)?

M3ti Compact
04-30-2006, 11:57 AM
It really depends on what your buying.

You have to first check if it's allowed into Canada (there is a list), then you got to modifiy the car to Canadian specs.

Used cars you would probably save money- new cars you probably won't.

My dad's place sells new grey market Scions, by the time they get them over here, shipped, converted and certified, they are around $25,000 and they are hardly making any profit off them.

spooner_dee
04-30-2006, 03:25 PM
actually not true. My father bought his hummer from ebay believe it or not and got it shipped from the US for just the cost of towing (roughly $2000 or so). My next car I buy used I plan to get from one of the southern states where rust isn't an issue *th-up*


rust maybe not, but flood cars are, watch your self on them

V-Thang
04-30-2006, 06:58 PM
US cars are good to get, DEPENDING from which area. Florida for example is a good place cuz the cars orginal paint still looks amazing even if the car is 10+ years old... only problem is, if there was a flood there (hurricanes, tornadoes..etc) then you gotta inspect the fully!

Cars from arizona are good because they dont get much rain which means hardly any rust buildup at all... only thing is, theres lots of sand there and sand = sometimes damages/scratches the paint or causing it to fade/dull.

Redster
04-30-2006, 07:19 PM
Any good shipping companies for this? How much, aprox, would shipping be?