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Old 11-20-2007, 01:00 PM   #1
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imported a 530I form U.S need recall letter

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
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:43 PM   #2
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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?
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Old 11-20-2007, 03:06 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 11-20-2007, 03:10 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 11-20-2007, 08:07 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 11-20-2007, 08:32 PM   #6
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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?
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Old 11-20-2007, 08:37 PM   #7
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You can get one (for free usually) at an American Dealer
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:58 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:07 PM   #9
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Letter

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
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:25 PM   #10
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what is riv stand for? is that in us?
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:59 PM   #11
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what is riv stand for? is that in us?
RIV stands for Registrar of Imported Vehicles. It's Canadian.
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Old 11-21-2007, 10:08 AM   #12
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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?
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Old 11-21-2007, 12:45 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 11-21-2007, 02:39 PM   #14
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I imported a few of them a couple years back.. All you do is call BMW NA......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.

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Old 11-23-2007, 11:28 AM   #15
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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
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