Importing a car from the United States into Canada doesn't have to be a difficult process, though there are important steps you will need to follow. Whether you are importing a car for your own personal use or you are bringing it into the country to sell it, the procedure is the same. Read on to learn how to import a car from the United States into Canada.
- Check Transport Canada's List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States to see if your car can be imported, and if it must be modified, to meet Canadian requirements. This information can be found on the Registrar of Imported Vehicle website at: https://www.riv.ca/. The list of admissible vehicles covers passenger cars, trucks, trailers, motorcycles and snowmobiles that are less than 15 years old, as well as off-road vehicles manufactured after May 1, 1988 and buses manufactured after January 1, 1971.
- Obtain a recall clearance letter from our dealership or original equipment manufacturer of your car. The recall clearance letter is absolutely necessary to pass the federal inspection. You can call the manufacturer and provide your vehicle identification number to inquire about any pending recalls.
- Obtain any modification information from the manufacturer or our dealership, including costs and parts availability for any required modifications. Any modification costs are up to the car owner.
- Determine any additional costs, including taxes and if applicable, duty. Most information is on the Registrar of Imported Vehicle website at: https://www.riv.ca/
- Make sure that you have all of the paperwork that you need for you car. You will need the Title documents, Odometer statement, Sales receipts, Statement of Compliance, if applicable and the Recall Clearance letter. Our dealership will provide these documents but it is your responsibility to confirm all paperwork is in order, otherwise there will be delays in getting your car.
- Once we receive payment for your vehicle via wire transfer, we will fax these documents to the U.S. Border. After 3 business days, excluding U.S. Holidays and weekends, the vehicle can go thru U.S. Customers into Canada.
- Find out about safety inspections or emissions test that need to be done. There may also be additional provincial or territorial requirements. You should arrange for insurance for your car before importing it to make the process easier.