Buying a car online car certainly be overwhelming and a little scary. Much less, importing one from another country.
But really, the USA and Canada?
This isn’t a tall stretch. We’re almost the same country.
We’re siblings and we’re neighbors.
In all reality, the borders between New Jersey and New York are harder to cross.
From what I can tell difference-wise is that the people in Canada seem to be nicer, the health care is said to be better, and you like hockey way more than we do (at least in Texas).
This is just logistics and it’s not much different that if you were to buy a car in another providence and have it shipped to you.
For the past 5 years and have shipped many cars into Canada without any problems and from my experience, this is not a difficult procedure.
Based on my experience, here’s a summary of what you need to know and what you need to do:
1. The Registrar of Imported Vehicles program, is something you will need to become familiar with. So, the best first step is going to their site: http://www.riv.ca/
IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU WILL NEED THE TITLE to you car or it will not cross the border and a copy of the title needs to be faxed to the custom’s office 72-hours before the car ever gets there.
2. This is a game of trust so buy from an experienced and reputable seller and pay for your car via wire transfer — it makes the who process of getting you title quicker. The reason for doing this is simple, Canadian banks do not draft cashier’s checks in US currency. They write drafts off of US banks, who then clear the draft and then pay the seller’s bank — this whole process can take a couple weeks and the funds are never secured until they reach the seller’s bank.
Because of the high amount of internet fraud on seller’s, there are no experience sellers willing to released a title or a vehicle without cleared funds — it’s just bad business.
3. Set-up shipping with a carrier to the US / Canada border. Two good carriers to use out of Texas, where I’m located are Dependable Auto Shippers (www.dependableautoshippers.com) and United Road Transport (1-800-450-6816) . . . I personally prefer the latter because they generally have better rates, are a little quicker, and they have a better insurance policy. There are a handful of carrier who will ship across they border, but they are very expensive — with the cash difference, just pay a friend to pick your car up for you if you can not do it yourself.
Like I said, it’s easy (and with the US dollar being weak, it can save you thousands).
If you would like more information, you may want to check out this site, it has ton’s – http://www.importcartocanada.info/