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      09-25-2013, 12:04 AM   #89
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Hi all:

I need your help... I can't get a 2013 Alpine White on saddle brown 335i coupe (may go with xdrive or 335is model) with the colour/options I want in Cda any longer and am really scared to try to import a new car from the US. Can Cdn's import NEW cars? Will OEM warranty be honoured? Will I lose the free maintenance for 4 years and if so negotiate a lower price? Should I be using a broker like Fournier Leasing - can they be trusted? Can I still negotiate a fat discount given that it's last year's model line-up? Will I save any money after all mods, duty, etc.? Please help. I need to be reassured and hand-held step by step thru the process
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      11-10-2013, 01:31 PM   #90
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Great information here!!!!! Thanks to all that contributed.

Here is my story:
  1. Found my 335i X-Drive on eBay but was able to purchase privately from seller who was not a dealer.
  2. My conditions were simple and included this in 1 pager deed of sale, need inspection done by my choice mechanic in seller area and recall letter, seller agreed
  3. Inspection was perfect, and BMW manual scanned copy of "no recalls" on VIN was produced, but had all over doc "confidential" and "cannot be used to import vehicle". Not sure if RIV will still accept this report
  4. Since car was a not on a lease but a monthly payment with BMW FS, BMW FS made the transaction easy, I submitted the pay off amount, and I provided instructions for where they mail original title, I decided to mail it straight to US Customs Export at Champlain, NY
  5. Called my existing insurance and was able to get insurance and a letter with Make, model, Year and VIN.
  6. Flew to USA on a business trip, on way back stopped at Newark airport. Seller picked me up at train station
  7. Put my "temp" plate from older BMW on purchased BMW. I know this is not right, but it seemed very complicated to get a temporary without original title in my hands
  8. Drove car for 5+ hours towards Montreal, QC
  9. Stop in Plattsburgh to pickup some stuff I ordered at Sears online
  10. Decided to have a nice supper in Plattsburgh, before crossing border
  11. Decided to stop at Duty free and stock up on Glenlivet and cigarettes for my Dad
  12. As I walked out of Duty Free shop, 2 Sheriffs are blocking my new car, and asking me questions on car, and stating it is a rental car I explained that I just purchased car and proceeding my next step which is 1 minute away US Customs Export to pickup original Title
  13. They took my passport, and 10 minutes later, they said all ok, I had to ask and said what was the problem. Sheriff mentioned something about a helicopter checking all cars that enter and leave the country......
  14. Proceed to US Export office, provided copy of deed of sale, and US Customs Officer search file, and stamped original title, and handed it over to me. This step took 2 minutes. Too easy
  15. Drive to primary Canadian customs, answered a few basic questions, and then I mentioned that I just purchased car and need to import. Officer freaked and said what is car doing with a QC plate, I explained and said that I was transferring it to this plate.....
  16. Drove to secondary section, walked in building, and Agent was very nice, completed all forms manually, reviewed by TITLE and deed of sale, and gave me a TRANSPORT CANADA FORM 1
  17. Since I was in the USA for a few days, she was nice to reduce my total of car paid by 800$
  18. She was so nice, she also offered to do the RIV process online, I accepted, she completed most, and handed me the keyboard for payment
  19. Walked to cash payment area, they called my name, and I paid for the Duty, GST and 100$ AC tax.
  20. Drove all the way home, and now ready for the next 2 steps Federal inspections and provincial inspection

I need help with recall letter next steps. Here is what I have, and have not sent it by email to RIV yet:



Is this good enough for RIV?

Thanks!
Sergio

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      04-09-2014, 09:15 PM   #91
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Since when did the AC tax go down to $100, I paid $150 ....?
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      05-01-2014, 10:00 AM   #92
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Since when did the AC tax go down to $100, I paid $150 ....?
I paid $100 on a 335i as well. Got RIV sticker but no Recall letter asked , even though I had it !
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      08-25-2014, 03:42 PM   #93
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Yes, the RIV does a courtesey recall clearance check for you on most newer cars. I just brought in a Merc GL and they did it for me for free.

I paid $150 for my AC tax and my M3 came over many years ago.... maybe it's because the car was 15 years old...?

Anyway... it's easy... CBSA is a joke... just watch them... I had to correct them several times... they do not know there own rules and regulations... . just double check all your figures before you pay.
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      12-04-2014, 05:23 PM   #94
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2011 535i In Limbo Need Help US Import

First post.
I have a line on a very well equipped 2011 535i sport pack. Price has been set, most of the negotiations have been resolved. I am stuck with getting either a Recall Letter or a Warranty Inquiry Report. I am dumbfounded that BMW would make it this difficult for fans of their product to buy it. BMW Canada will issue one (for $500.00) only after the car hits Canadian soil which is counter intuitive to the RIV's mandate that the Recall Letter be presented upon import.
Does anyone know of any friendly BMW shops that would assist me with getting either document.

Thank you in advance.
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      06-23-2015, 10:23 PM   #95
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Is it really that beneficial to import a car from the US into Canada?

Given the exchange rate!?
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      06-24-2015, 03:20 PM   #96
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Is it really that beneficial to import a car from the US into Canada?

Given the exchange rate!?
Do you realize you just bumped a thread from 2010 when the exchange rate was like at par?

If the math doesn't make sense to you for whichever car you are looking at, then don't do it. I am guessing that at 1.25 plus 6% duty on German made cars and other fees, it won't make sense vs. buying in Canada.
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Lots of good information here. Thanks to the OP et al.

So, my situation is slightly different and am wondering if someone clarify it for me. I'm a Canadian whose been living and working in VA the past 10 years. Last year I bought a 2006 330i. I'm now returning to Ontario and will remain here for the foreseeable future.

It appears the import process is the same. As anyone done the above (moving back with car). I've searched online and do recall seeing something that says taxes are exempt if the car is your personal vehicle etc?

Being that the car is 10 years old (Mfg date is May 2005), do I still need the Vehicle Warranty Inquiry document? Thanks!
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      06-29-2015, 06:49 PM   #98
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Do you realize you just bumped a thread from 2010 when the exchange rate was like at par?

If the math doesn't make sense to you for whichever car you are looking at, then don't do it. I am guessing that at 1.25 plus 6% duty on German made cars and other fees, it won't make sense vs. buying in Canada.
A couple of other things to consider.
US warranty is much better than Canadian
US speedometer is in both metric and US measurements
Much better selection at US dealers
US dealers actually want to sell you a car

With todays exchange rate, the savings are not as good as they were when we bought our car, but you can still save some money, and if you buy a Bimmer made in their Carolina plant, there is no import duty. Because there is no BMW factory in Canada, the low dollar has pushed the Canadian prices up.
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      06-29-2015, 08:28 PM   #99
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A couple of other things to consider.
US warranty is much better than Canadian
US speedometer is in both metric and US measurements
Much better selection at US dealers
US dealers actually want to sell you a car

With todays exchange rate, the savings are not as good as they were when we bought our car, but you can still save some money, and if you buy a Bimmer made in their Carolina plant, there is no import duty. Because there is no BMW factory in Canada, the low dollar has pushed the Canadian prices up.
Do you have anything to back up your statements? The second half of your post especially sounds like a bunch of generalizations.

The first one about Warranty for one, is wrong. The warranty is the same. It just transfers. I think you're confusing it with the free service during the warranty period, where down there they include brake pads and rotors, plus something else. But if you buy a US car under warranty, and bring it up here, the free service isn't going to transfer. So one less advantage that you should count if you are going to buy a CDN car within warranty - the free service.

As far as the car itself, did you actually look up a US car's price that was built in Germany, multiply it by 1.25 (1.30 is more like it - good luck buying it at spot, the rate Bank of Canada does), add 6% duty, and import fees, recall letter, etc. and see if and how much you're saving? Would love to see a real life example.

And try the same with an X3? A 2015 X3 35 is $46,000 US. Add 1.25 even on that, not 1.30 exchange. You arrive at $57,500. The CDN one is $49,000. Explain to me how you're saving $? That's already 15% higher. I'm not suggesting you'd buy a new one down there, but this is just for comparative purposes, since both cars will depreciate about the same in both countries.

Oh, and when doing comparing, make sure you compare apples to apples, because a lot of times, our cars up here have more options and packages (like cold weather package) included in "base" whereas you have to add them down there.
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Do you have anything to back up your statements? The second half of your post especially sounds like a bunch of generalizations.

The first one about Warranty for one, is wrong. The warranty is the same. It just transfers. I think you're confusing it with the free service during the warranty period, where down there they include brake pads and rotors, plus something else. But if you buy a US car under warranty, and bring it up here, the free service isn't going to transfer. So one less advantage that you should count if you are going to buy a CDN car within warranty - the free service.

As far as the car itself, did you actually look up a US car's price that was built in Germany, multiply it by 1.25 (1.30 is more like it - good luck buying it at spot, the rate Bank of Canada does), add 6% duty, and import fees, recall letter, etc. and see if and how much you're saving? Would love to see a real life example.

And try the same with an X3? A 2015 X3 35 is $46,000 US. Add 1.25 even on that, not 1.30 exchange. You arrive at $57,500. The CDN one is $49,000. Explain to me how you're saving $? That's already 15% higher. I'm not suggesting you'd buy a new one down there, but this is just for comparative purposes, since both cars will depreciate about the same in both countries.

Oh, and when doing comparing, make sure you compare apples to apples, because a lot of times, our cars up here have more options and packages (like cold weather package) included in "base" whereas you have to add them down there.
LOL You must work for a Canadian dealer.
You should know that a US dealer is not allowed to sell a new car across the border. But used is a different story. So as you suggest, comparing apples to apples, a buyer needs to compare used to used, where my statement about a bigger selection comes from. As for a better warranty, if you want to call it "free service during the warranty period," you are welcome to do so. But the bottom line is that if you need a brake job during the warranty period, and you have a US car and go to a US dealer, you will get it for free. If you have a Cdn car at a Cdn dealer, you will pay.

The duty on all BMW's made in Germany is 6%, but thanks to NAFTA, there is no duty on the ones made in the US. I don't know about the ones made in South Africa. As for the cost of importing, look back in this thread, it is all explained there, including that the recall letter is provided free by US dealers.

We bought our car (when it was 10 months old) from the Buffalo dealer. They have many Canadian customers and are very familiar with the importing procedures. After all was said and done, we saved $11,000 over a similar car at the the KW dealer. The Cdn dollar was 98 cents at the time. We went back to Buffalo for the little warranty work required (we did not need new brakes during the warranty). Our car has never been to a Canadian dealer. The fact that I am still driving an 8 year old car is a testament to how good a car it is.
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      06-30-2015, 08:30 PM   #101
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I bought my own 535 wagon from the US a few years ago when the $ was at par. Imported it from San Fran, so I know a thing or two.

If you don't know / can't tell the difference between warranty and service, that's a problem if it's semantics to you.

Not everyone lives right at the border and has the luxury of time to spend a few hours to go across for maintenance, instead of dropping it off at their local dealer. Plus, the only point you have about maintenance is the one thing that's NOT covered? What about all the other regular maintenance? It's one thing to drive down there for a $1000 brake job, but you have way too much time on your hand if you're willing to drive all the way down there for an oil change.

You haven't refuted anything I've said, so I'm not sure what your point is now. You yourself even bought your car at par. I'm saying do the math right now, and prove to me it's worth it. Go on and give me a real example with numbers in it. You're just talking concepts right now, which is all fine and dandy, except when the #'s don't back you up. LOL.

Otherwise, you've proven my points. Thank you.
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