The Top Gear guys have finally gotten their hands on the new 2008 BMW M3 coupe and have decided to pit it against the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG and the 2008 Audi RS4. Watch Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May duel it out in this really exciting episode of Top Gear.
A quick rundown of the competitors:
2008 BMW M3: 4.0 liter V8 /414 horsepower.
2008 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG: 6.3 liter V8 / 451 horsepower.
2008 Audi RS4: 4.2 liter V8 Quattro / 420 horsepower.
There’s something very raw and cool about this track. It’s instrumental and I like that. There’s this smooth sexy beat and I just want to close my eyes and drive fast at the same time. It’s dangerous and it draws me close. I see 700hp muscle cars power sliding around corners chasing each other through a dark city and its cold wet streets. . . this song is elemental, basic, and very very cool. It’s needs to be picked up for a sound track. Anyhow, enjoy . . .
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 TITLEto 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).
Jeremy Clarkson takes an Audi A8 Diesel across Great Brittan in an 800 miles trek from London to Edinburgh on one tank of gas . . . this means he will be averaging 40 mpg in a car that can go from 0-60mph in 6 seconds and has a top speed of 150mph. We need these cars in the USA badly!
Here’s the clip . . .it’s very cool . . . you have to see this. . .
Why, when there is so much to risk, do we desire to go fast . . . Jeremy Clarkson explores this question in his documentary about speed on BBC. This is part one of his series called “The Century of Speed.”
The TopGear presentors (James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond) are participating in a 24 hour endurance race at Silverstone. Their car, a used BMW 330i turbo-diesel. In leiu of Audi’s successful R10 TDI leMans victories, they set out to see how a road going car will fair in this grueling race of will and test of reliability.