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Old 05-03-2010, 06:58 PM   #1
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Is anyone crossing the border to pickup parts ?

Willing to make it worth his/her while. $$$$

If anyone is interested in joining in or making the trip themselves ($$$), please post below.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:36 AM   #2
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I do this a few times a year. There is a warehouse I use to collect my US purchases. I have plans to go there in 2 weeks.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:30 PM   #3
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I may be interested; where in the US is the warehouse? Buffulo?
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what parts, is it way cheaper than maranello?
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Old 05-05-2010, 02:44 PM   #5
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The warehouse is just 2 mins drive from rainbow bridge.

Http://www.cbiusa.com

I am not affliated with this company. They charge flat rate per parcel (plus surcharge on oversized items like bumpers). No ongoing fees.

Most parts I picked up in US are way cheaper than in Canada (even including the Canadian online dealers like autopartsway).
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Old 05-05-2010, 02:47 PM   #6
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what parts, is it way cheaper than maranello?
I don't think maranello can match any of the pricing by the parts department in US BMW dealers. Some examples are

http://www.getbmwparts.com
http://www.realbmwparts.com
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:05 PM   #7
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I found prices to be significantly lower from the US. Given the exchange rate to save so much it worth the drive to the US.
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I do this a few times a year. There is a warehouse I use to collect my US purchases. I have plans to go there in 2 weeks.
Since you already do it a few times a year, would you be interested in making some $$$ by bringing back other members items as well ?

Like you said, the price difference is WAY cheaper in some cases.
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:36 PM   #9
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I don't mind doing it for other members ... but some details will need to be sorted out, plus I cannot commit at this time the frequency of these trips ... I have a full time job so it is not like I am starting a business of bringing in car parts ... besides, if I do it too frequently the Customs may give me a hard time.

If anyone would like tips on doing it themselves I am open to sharing my experience ...
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:48 PM   #10
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This is the place I use. First exit from the nearest bridge (Queenston/Lewiston), 5 bucks for a week of storage:

http://www.usaddressinc.com/
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I don't mind doing it for other members ... but some details will need to be sorted out, plus I cannot commit at this time the frequency of these trips ... I have a full time job so it is not like I am starting a business of bringing in car parts ...
Thats understood. I don't think anyone would want you to drive over the boarder with an 18 wheeler full of car parts

It would obviously be on your terms.
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:42 PM   #12
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If anyone would like tips on doing it themselves I am open to sharing my experience ...
How about some tips ?
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:44 PM   #13
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well ... first you'd need a mailbox that allows you to receive parcels in your name. Quite a few companies do it in Niagara Falls, NY. They charge differently and have different policies in handling different sizes of parcels. I prefer CBI since they have no problem keeping large items and they have no problem holding something for you for a month or 2. The rate is per parcel so there is no running cost on the mailbox.

I tried ordering a few things around the same time so I don't ended up having too many trips from Toronto to Niagara Falls in a year.

Buying from US very often is cheaper, not only because parts are cheaper in US, but shipping is also free (in many cases) so you'd end up saving quite a bit compared to buying in Canada.

Most folks in bimmersforum would be able to recommend a few places for ordering OEM parts at great prices, e.g.,

www.realbmwparts.com
www.getbmwparts.com

These are parts dept of BMW dealers in US and their pricing beat our Canadian pricing hands down (and most of the time cheaper than US dealer pricing).

Make sure everything is declared properly to Canada Customs when bringing them across the border. It is not worth the risk of non-declaring / under-declaring the items if you'd plan to buy US items on an ongoing basis. Once you are on a black list you are almost guaranteed to be strip-searched in every single crossing. They rarely charge any duties (even for items made outside of NA) based on my experience. 13% is all you'd need to pay to the Customs.

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