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Hamann3
11-20-2007, 02:00 PM
I just imported a 2002 530I from the U.S, but starting to have some problems here in Canada with registaring it.
Is it true that the recall letter can only be valid if its from the BMW dealership at that it costs $500 for just a letter? Has anyone done this before can I get this letter somewhere else or perhaps anyone work at BMW that can get me this for for a little less.
From what I heard it should be free? Any input would be appreciated

Kal
11-20-2007, 02:43 PM
hey i dont know the answer to your question but I've been in the market for the exact same car and been thinking about looking to get one from the states .. Do you mind giving a little bit more detail on the car and how much you picked it up for?

BimmerNewbie
11-20-2007, 04:06 PM
I know its going to sound dumb, this is one of the ways that BMW Canada is making cross border shopping more difficult. They have instructed all dealers in Canada to charge the $500 for this letter. You are correct to say that in the states it is free however, all US dealers have also been instructed not to give these letters to Canadian buyers. There was an article in the Globe a few weeks back interviewing one of the Big Wigs at Bimmer Canada and this is one of the things that they talked about.

Boots R
11-20-2007, 04:10 PM
I know its going to sound dumb, this is one of the ways that BMW Canada is making cross border shopping more difficult. They have instructed all dealers in Canada to charge the $500 for this letter. You are correct to say that in the states it is free however, all US dealers have also been instructed not to give these letters to Canadian buyers. There was an article in the Globe a few weeks back interviewing one of the Big Wigs at Bimmer Canada and this is one of the things that they talked about.

It has been $500.00 for a while. It's nothing new.

Alaric
11-20-2007, 09:07 PM
There is a way around this. RIV is aware of BMW Canada charging $500 for the letter. So they are allowing you to bring in a "Warranty Vehicle Inquiry" letter, along with the screenshot of the actual screens (showing that there are no open campaigns with your car). make sure your VIN is on it somewhere as well.

I did this when I imported my ZHP last week, with no problems whatsoever.

BigD
11-20-2007, 09:32 PM
There is a way around this. RIV is aware of BMW Canada charging $500 for the letter. So they are allowing you to bring in a "Warranty Vehicle Inquiry" letter, along with the screenshot of the actual screens (showing that there are no open campaigns with your car). make sure your VIN is on it somewhere as well.

I did this when I imported my ZHP last week, with no problems whatsoever.

How can I get this letter and the screen shots?

Alaric
11-20-2007, 09:37 PM
You can get one (for free usually) at an American Dealer

tominizer
11-20-2007, 10:58 PM
I got this recall letter directly from BMW USA when I imported my '87 E30 M3. Talk to their customer service. OR better yet, find someone in the USA to do this on your behalf............ say off one of the BMW forums........ and have them send it to you.

MGYVER
11-20-2007, 11:07 PM
I also got this letter free from BMW USA when I imported my 91 M5 last December. They may be more lenient on cars more than 15 years old though, since they don't have to meet any CSA safety or RIV requirements. ie. child seat tether and DRL

Hamann3
11-21-2007, 12:25 AM
what is riv stand for? is that in us?

Boots R
11-21-2007, 12:59 AM
what is riv stand for? is that in us?

RIV stands for Registrar of Imported Vehicles. It's Canadian.

BigD
11-21-2007, 11:08 AM
You can get one (for free usually) at an American Dealer

If it's from the dealer, they will tell you to go to BMW Canada to get it, new rules. Which dealership did you go to, to ask for it?

tlinkletter
11-21-2007, 01:45 PM
I imported a few of them a couple years back.. All you do is call BMW NA. You can find the phone number on the main website. You give them the VIN number of your car and they do a check to see if all the recalls have been done. If they've been completed they will fax you the letter or mail a copy out if you want. If not your supposed to have the recall done before the car enters the country. I don't know what you would have to do if it needs a US recall an is already in canada. Hope this helps ya. Oh and I never had to pay for the letter and it usually only took about an hour from the time I called till I actually had the letter. Easiest part of the importation process.

///MP
11-21-2007, 03:39 PM
I imported a few of them a couple years back.. All you do is call BMW NA...<snip>...Oh and I never had to pay for the letter and it usually only took about an hour from the time I called till I actually had the letter. Easiest part of the importation process.

They changed it a few months ago. No more freebies from BMW!

Also (I think it was mentioned in another thread as well) the '95 M3 is no longer admissible to Canada. I don't know when T.C. changed it, but I just saw it on the updated list.

MP

Hamann3
11-23-2007, 12:28 PM
I was just scammed from this scam artist he emailed me to my thread "imported a 530I form U.S need recall letter" these guy James aka "dephrag" pm'd me and said he had a link to get these letter for $125 and promised me that if it didn't work he would refund me the money.

Yesterday I came back from the RIV and they said that it was not the original but a fake that it had no stamp and it didn't have the authentic letter head on it, and also they will not accept the American recall letter, but the Canadian.

Today I went with the Canadian recall letter from BMW Canada and they accapted it so I called James, and he now says for me to fax the original to him, in your dreams buddy so you can turn around and scam Max Members $125 for a photo copy.

The authorities will be advised, and so will every BMW forum in Canada aswell as Maxbimmer board members

VSanj
11-23-2007, 01:10 PM
^^Thats shitty..........mess him up!

Bmwstylz
11-23-2007, 02:16 PM
so BMW Canada ended up screwing you out of $500?

what bull****!!! there's gotta be a way around this. The warranty info / screen shots way sounds reasonable - but does RIV still accept this?

BigD
11-23-2007, 04:04 PM
I was just scammed from this scam artist he emailed me to my thread "imported a 530I form U.S need recall letter" these guy James aka "dephrag" pm'd me and said he had a link to get these letter for $125 and promised me that if it didn't work he would refund me the money.

Yesterday I came back from the RIV and they said that it was not the original but a fake that it had no stamp and it didn't have the authentic letter head on it, and also they will not accept the American recall letter, but the Canadian.

Today I went with the Canadian recall letter from BMW Canada and they accapted it so I called James, and he now says for me to fax the original to him, in your dreams buddy so you can turn around and scam Max Members $125 for a photo copy.

The authorities will be advised, and so will every BMW forum in Canada aswell as Maxbimmer board members

It's probably a real letter. All you have to do is use the info on it to make it look like the Canadian letter and they'll accept it. But first you gotta get the US letter (I'd like to find it for free) and they won't do it.

dephrag
11-23-2007, 07:04 PM
Ok, since this thread hasn't yet apparently being deleted, I'd better step up and give some facts..

1st of all the Recall letter is real and legit from BMW of North America. I in fact today registered a vehicle as well today (via fax, and called back for confirmation) AND the same letter from BMW was accepted by the RIV earlier this morning. (However I have yet to receive the paperwork which could take upto a week)

2. Since I did this myself this morning, I knew there would be no problem, so I couldn't understand why he was having this problem. I then went to the RIV with him this afternoon to the receptionist desk to ask if the letter was acceptible, she consulted a few ppl and in the end say no, but wouldn't say exactly why. (They told Adam it had to now be from BMW CANADA instead of BMW North America for some reason).

Adam showed me what it was that he ended up showing (A screen shot of the car info from the bmw terminal). And the lady also confirmed they now want a 'screen shot' of info and recall history.

I did not bother at this point to say 'oh well then why did they take my letter this morning, in case they would reverse that on me'

Right after this I got Adam to drive me straight to the bank where I refunded his money in cash (Although I was paid in Paypal, so I have still yet to recieve it via paypal, 5 day bullshit :s)

In the end everything was cool.. there was no scamming or ripping off whatsoever. I just noticed these messages now, and I think he was just a little quick on the draw as I just gave him the letter just this morning!

I still don't understand exactly what it is the RIV is looking for, I'm a little confused as I called BMW North America, and a local dealership AS WELL as the RIV and they both said what I submitted and had was perfectly fine... so maybe there's so many changes at the RIV they're all confused.

If anyone can shed some light what it is exactly they're looking for it'd be helpful as I plan to register another car soon.

PS, Adam feel free to post a screenshot of the letter I got for you from BMW NA so ppl can give any input if it's what the RIV wants or not.

-James

BigD
11-23-2007, 07:20 PM
Like I already said, the BMW Canada letter just looks different. You have the needed info on your BMW NA letter. Find a Canadian sample, format the info so it looks right, and you're done.