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Old 04-23-2005, 10:20 AM
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Do you need to stop at US customs when you purchase something from US?( a car )

Do you need to stop at US customs when you purchase something from US?( a car )

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Re: Do you need to stop at US customs when you purchase something from US?( a car )

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Do you need to stop at US customs when you purchase something from US?( a car )

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Typically the Americans don't care what you're taking out of the country. It's Canadian Customs that will be where all your fun begins. Make sure you have a title for the vehicel, bill of sale and proof of purchase where it shjows how you paid for it, ie Cash, Cheque etc. Also, if it's a newer car you'll have to prove that there are no outstanding recalls on the vehicle before CDN Customs will let you bring it back.
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Don't you have to send the title to customs 72 hours before arriving at the border with the vehicle? Or something like that?
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I believe US customs will want 72 hours notice so they can make sure you're not exporting a stolen vehicle. (Or maybe it's Canadian customs - I don't remember the details that well.) Best to check Transport Canada's website, they have a full list of (lots, and lots, and lots of) requirements.

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Yes, as Cobrastang said - you have to send the actual "title of ownership" to US customs - 72 hours before you arrive at the border to exit with the car. This rule applies to all self propelled vehicles being exported from the U.S.

And as JAYh says they will run an ownership search and check for outstanding liens, etc.

Be carefull when you call Transport Canada - or U.S. customs for info - they will all tell you what they want and need but they know very little about other requirements. There is no one-stop shopping.
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Or just have a friend who is a custom's officier
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... or start here: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/E/pub/cm/...12-1-01-e.html Ccompliments of a retired Customs and Excise Officer. )
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My friend and I brought a 1969 Dodge Charger back an had go through the 72 hours notice thing/title search. You have to export the car from the U.S. as well as import the car into Canada. It's actually pretty easy if the vehicle is more than 13 years old. If it's newer, things get way more complicated in regards to safety standards and such. And there are several vehicles that are on Transport Canada's "banned list" (Like the Evo.) That you can't bring in no matter what.
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You should also visit www.riv.ca.

Here you will find a list of elligible vehicles, as well as an explanation of the procedure.

Things have changed regarding kit cars, so if it is a kit, be careful. I'm sure others can explain this point better than I.

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I just brought back my M3 shell, and even though it is a shell destined to be a track-only car, I had to go through RIV.

First step: Look up your vehicle on the RIV web site. See if it is admissable, inadmissable, or admissable with modifications.

Second step: Get the title. If the car is inadmissable, the title must be a salvage title. You cannot bring any kind of inadmissable shell, car, or parts car unless the title is salvage.

Step 3: Fax the title to US Customs at the border crossing you will be using.

Step 4: Pick up the car and check in at US Customs. They will pull the VIN from the US registry. Your car can now never be licensed in the US.

Step 5: Tell Canada Customs that you are importing the car for parts or to be licensed. If it is for parts (or track, or not to be licensed) then you pay $80 and they pull the VIN from the Canadian records. If the car is to be licensed, then you pay $210 and the VIN is added to the records. If mods are required to make the car legal (daytime running lights, french labeling), then you have 30 days to have the car inspected to show that it is compliant.

Step 6: Pay the GST, PST, and RIV fee.

Don't make the mistake I did, and let them indicate that a car is inadmissable when it is admissible with mods. They wanted me to take the shell back to Nevada and have the state issue a Salvage Title. When I pointed out that the car was admissible with mods, they backed down, and let me pay my $80 and be on my way.
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Great Report Rob

Rob you answered all the ? I ever had about the dredead importation of a car. Great report!!!
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Step 6: Pay the GST, PST, and RIV fee.

I paid $182 (since I did not declare it as scrap, and originally intended to put it on the road). I only had to pay the GST at the border. The PST is payable to the MTO when the car is registerred. However, since I never plan on registerring it now, I will never pay the PST. I'm not sure if this is a loop-hole, but I sure saved about $700
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Rob,

Did you have to send a copy of the title to the US customs 3 days in advance?

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Where's the best place to look for US cars?

autotrader.com
ebay.com
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