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How does a 'foreigner' register a car in the USA?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by F1Ace, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. F1Ace

    F1Ace F1 Rookie

    Mar 15, 2004
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    OK, I live in Canada.

    I can import certain Ferrari's into Canada, but a large number I can't, unless of course I do a stupid amount of 'improvements' to the car. But I would be better off if I could just buy a USA car and let it remain a USA car, register it there under my name, and then bring it into Canada and simply 'use it'.

    Is this possible? Do I only need a USA address and I'm on my way with this idea?

    Comments?

    Thanks!
    Wes
     
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  3. Mike J

    Mike J Formula Junior

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    You need a USA address.
     
  4. Dan Ciezniewzky

    Dan Ciezniewzky Formula 3
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    get a PO box down here :D

    or any friends down here that could help ya out? My dad did that with his parents when they were in Illinois and he was in Indiana :)
     
  5. jimwalking

    jimwalking Formula Junior

    Jan 3, 2006
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    When did Illinios relinquish its Canadian status?
     
  6. prototypefan

    prototypefan Formula Junior

    Dec 23, 2005
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    Bad idea

    One of the guys at our airport did the same thing on a plane and ended up having the plane impounded by the GST cops. The plane was taken away for over two years while he fought it and ended up paying storage fees and fines for evading the taxes that far exceeded anything that he would have encountered during a normal importation.

    The government wants their taxes and vehicles that meet the burocratic standards that are set in this country.
     
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  8. Dan Ciezniewzky

    Dan Ciezniewzky Formula 3
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    well then get a ligit address. Rent a barn or storage unit down here and keep it there, you wont be able to drive it all the time, but it beats not being aloud to even have one :)
     
  9. tatcat

    tatcat F1 Veteran
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    get the address in a state that doesn't require inspections like fl. buy a condo, rent it out and license the car here. your done. you might actually make money on the rental fees.
     
  10. F SPIDER

    F SPIDER F1 Rookie
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    The problem is insurance. Almost nobody realizes that US car insurance is strictly domestic. I you go to Canada, your car is not insured, unless you get an extension on your insurance. Many US insurances don't even have that service, and if they do there is a time limit attached.

    I have a car outside of the US with NY license plates (in Europe) and had a tough time getting insurance. It finally worked out as a bussiness car, but I still had to get local liabillity insurance in addition to the US insurance.

    I also had to fight the local customs, to extend the 6 month time limit, before local taxes became due. I now have a 30 month permit. I guess that Canada will not be too much different.
     
  11. DJ4200GT

    DJ4200GT Formula Junior

    Aug 18, 2004
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    My goodness you are the answer to my prayer, thats exactly what I have been trying to do have a car in Europe with NY plates, but no one could tell me how or figure out how to get through the insurance issue, PLEAAAASE tell me how you did that!
     
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  13. F1Ace

    F1Ace F1 Rookie

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    Thanks for all the input guys.....I think I'll just not try it!

    Kinda thought a 550 would be a nice car till I could get a DB9, but guess I'll have to suffer with 328's and 348's till then. Oh well..... ;)

    Wes
     

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