Can we import U.S or Euro cars here, and register them?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by ara, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. ara

    ara Karting

    Dec 30, 2003
    Westmount, Quebec
    i'm wondering because i see a lot of euro cars in the states and people drive them but without warranty, what is to stop canadians to do the same and import euro cars for cheap?

    Anybody got an answer for me?

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  3. of2worlds

    of2worlds F1 World Champ
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    Apr 6, 2004
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    If you try to import a vehicle it is much easier to import a US market version. Depending on how the vehicle was built it may need new bumpers and certain technical changes-day time running lights, KM speedo, child safety seat fittings etc. This can be very expensive. Also certain models are restricted and not legal to import.
    The real advantage over the Americans however is in vehicles that are 15 years old and older. Then all the restrictions are waived. It is OPEN SEASON and anything can be imported. The only requirement is that the vehicle must pass an emissions test level that is based on the 1980 standard. This figure is applied regardless of the year of manufacture once the vehicle is 15 years old. Also duty is paid based on the 'black book' value, not the buyers purchase price. The only disadvantage with this is that a Euro version automobile would be difficult to resell in the US.
  4. TLKIZER660

    TLKIZER660 Formula Junior

    Jul 30, 2004
    In Feb. 2003, I immigrated to Quebec from Michigan and imported a 1969 365 GT 2+2. Because it is more than 15 years old and because I owned it more than a year before I immigrated, I paid NO duties and was NOT required to pass a Federal inspection, normally required by the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV). I was, however, required to pass a "Verification Mecanique" in Quebec before being allowed to license it. NO emissions test was required - fortunately. It's a European model - the hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide are so thick, you can cut them with a knife.
  5. jpl

    jpl Formula Junior

    Dec 4, 2003
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    JP Lavigne
    I also imported a 15 year old Ferrari a few years back into Ontario. No big deal, just paid duty and GST. No tests, no nothing. If it is newer than 15 years olds, then there is work to do on your part, older than 15 years and it is just a matter of writing a cheque.


  6. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
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    May 29, 2001
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    Hugh G. Rection
    There are threads on this subject within this section...try scrolling through. Also, try a "google" search of the subject. Here is what I found in a couple seconds of searching:
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