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Old 04-08-2016, 12:32 AM   #1
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Buying and registering car in USA as Canadian



I've had my eyes peeled for a Vanagon Westfalia to do some travelling in.

Last August I did a 10 day road trip from San Diego to San Francisco and loved it. I would really like to explore more of the states and take my time doing it in a classic Vanagon. Here's my dilemma: I have the money for one, and I would really like a clean one, but pretty much all of them up here in Canada have rust. I don't necessarily want to go through importing one into Canada from the states to drive it in the states anyway. If I end up really liking it, I would probably import it back into Canada, or store it there.

I'm wondering if it's possible to purchase, register, insure and drive a vehicle in the USA, as a Canadian citizen.

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Old 04-08-2016, 05:51 AM   #2
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I don't think citizenship is the issue. Having a perm residence may be. Perhaps all you need is a mailbox.
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Old 04-08-2016, 06:42 AM   #3
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You need a US residence with a US license that matches, then you can get insurance. Citizenship is irrelevant.
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:36 AM   #4
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Yes it is possible.

A US license isn't required for insurance, but it might be to register a car, I'm not sure, it may also vary by state. Getting a US license would reduce your rate as well as proof you've been insured in Canada and your driver's abstract.

I believe FL gives Canadians a Temporary 1 Year license with proof of a US address (utility, credit-card, etc bill) and your Canadian passport. So it should be fairly easy to get a US License, then register it and insure it.

Be warned, you will not be able to drive it across the border without importing it, so it will have to stay in the US.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:58 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. I called Arizona DMV as there was a car I was interested in there. At least in Arizona it's extremely easy. All you need is an address (confirmed a friend's is fine) and you can register the car there and get plates ($18 for the year might I add). Even easier, you could drive away on a 90-day temporary permit.
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Ah that sounds about right. I heard about Arizona being the easiest state which is why all uHauls are registered there.
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