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Experiences on buying A US Vehicle

Discussion in 'Canada' started by rob01, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. Jan 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM
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    rob01

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    With the dollar on par looking to buy a 2009-11 Tacoma in the States. What experiences have you guys had with bringing it across the border. Did you have to do many mods and how was the paperwork.
     
  2. Jan 19, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    sam_i02

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    I brought my Taco over from the US in July 2010. Overall it was a smooth experience.

    When you buy one, make sure you get a "Recall Clearance Letter" from the dealer in the US. This is one of the items RIV Canada will ask for. It is just a simple letter on dealer letterhead stating that the vehicle has no open recalls.

    Mine was an 05, so I had to do the DTRL mod. And that was it.

    Took it to Crappy Tire for an inspection, they signed it off and i got my title in the mail in 5 days. Done deal.
     
  3. Jan 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM
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    When you get the RIV form, it'l say that if it's equiped with a "LIFT KIT" call RIVimmediately so beware of that
     
  4. Jan 24, 2011 at 6:23 PM
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    You're not allowed to import a vehicle with a lift kit. If they don't catch it at the border, they will during the inspection. I have a friend who is a CBSA agent and he tells he it's not uncommon to have people removing lift kits in their parking lots.

    I imported my truck a few months ago and it went mostly smooth. After I got into Canada, the truck had to sit in my driveway for two weeks while Toyota mailed me a revised safety decal on baby seat mounting - my only outstanding recall. Once I got my decal, I took the truck to the dealer to have them put it on and give me an invoice for the completed recall, then off to RIV and my truck was inspected, registered, and insured by the end of the day.

    Other than that, it was easy. My truck is the fourth car my family has imported from the US. Savings are usually between $4000-10000.

    Here is a post my Dad made on a different forum going over the whole process: http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/...-import-under-200-a-307601/1153/#post10034875
     
  5. Apr 28, 2011 at 6:32 AM
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    I'm looking to do the exact same thing! I've been pricing the new ones, the savings is there but not like it was 2 years ago! Just my luck, I guess!!
     
  6. Apr 28, 2011 at 4:43 PM
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    Ditto. My plan is to buy new (or very close to new) this coming Fall...assuming the exchange rate holds. Fly to US and drive it home. Import process is a piece of cake.

    (I'm in newf as well).
     
  7. Apr 29, 2011 at 4:42 AM
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    You won't be able to buy from a dealer unless you have an american address I believe!
    Where in Newfie? I now live in Paradise!!
     
  8. Apr 29, 2011 at 4:55 AM
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    I'm betting paying cash trumps that.
     
  9. Apr 29, 2011 at 9:20 AM
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    I have one option currently to buy new in US. Won't get the same price as an American would but still significant savings at existing exchange. PM if you'd like more info.

    Otherwise, the best/easiest route is if you happen to have a trusted relative or friend residing in US. Flow title through them from the dealership (technically a used vehicle to you..but who cares). Most if not all US Toyota dealerships couldn't care less if you're Canadian as long as their asses are covered...
     
  10. Apr 29, 2011 at 9:46 AM
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    You maybe on to something there...
     
  11. Apr 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM
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    You may run into problems buying new from a Toyota dealer as a Canadian in the US. Toyota USA goes to great lengths discouraging dealers to sell to Canadians. Typically, you will need to go through a third party buyer (might charge around $1k) who will then sell it you.

    Good luck.
     
  12. Apr 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM
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    Yep. I've contacted a bunch of them and get same reaction. Can't sell new but we have great used models...

    Hence why we will not get the same deal as an American buyer on new.....unless you have a "broker" who happens to be your sister/brother/uncle/buddy who lives in US....
     
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