Solid information about bringing US car to Canada

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Subject: Solid information about bringing US car to Canada
  I have reviewed the archive and the online material and still cannot figure out the tax implications of bringing a used US car to Canada.

If I bring a $20,000 car already registered in the US to BC, will I have to pay a 14% duty?

Also, does anyone have experience with the costs/hassle of modifying a US car to meet Canadian requirements (2005 Subaru).

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

[22-06-2005,21:13]
[**.227.105.95]
Tim
(in reply to: Solid information about bringing US car to Canada)
If you are coming as a new immigrant i don´t think there is any tax if you bring with you first time when you land.
[22-06-2005,22:12]
[***.161.133.105]
Anonymous
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I found this in the various landing tips that I came across in the net:

Bring car registration, if you are bringing your car. Cars must meet Canadian safety and pollution control standards. Many cars are not allowed into the country. If you are not sure, contact :

Transport Canada Place de Ville

Tower C 330 Sparks Street Ottawa

Ontario K1A 0N5 (613) 990-2309

*********

CAR INFORMATION

Registrar of Imported Vehicles, P.O. Box 217, Pickering, Ontario, Canada L1V 2R4, Telephone: 1-800-333-0558 (Canada or U.S.), or 1(905) 837-7918.

try this link:

http://www.canadajobsandimmigration.com/version4/c25.htm


[22-06-2005,22:34]
[**.39.44.102]
joe05
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additional link


http://www.riv.ca/english/html/how_to_import.html

[22-06-2005,22:42]
[**.39.44.102]
joe05
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I was working in the US under a TN Visa. I am a Canadian citizen, born in Ontario.

I purchased a Nissan Sentra in the US, and imported it to Canada.

You have to pay like $185 to register it with the Import Registrar (or whatever its called).

You will have to pay GST and PST... its part of the Auto Pact, and there is no way around that. GST is due at the border, and PST when you register your car with the province.

They may use the sale price on your car for both taxes, in this case, you may loose your shirt. I forget what BC PST is, but in Ontario, I had to pay 7% of $5000 and 8% of $5000... or $750 in just PST and GST. So, if my car was $20,000 I would have paid $3000 to bring it to Ontario.

You then need to get your car inspected before a certain date. If it is a US car manufactured to California emmisions, you will only need to get day time running lights, and anchors for baby seats in the back. The inspection cost money... but if you tell a few jokes to the guy, and make him laugh, he will write down that he fixed the lights and added baby seats, even though he didn´t... well that´s what happened with me.

In all, I think this is what I paid:

$185 Import Registrar
$100 Luxury Tax as the car had an air conditioner (also part of the Auto Pact)
$350 GST
$400 PST
$75 for the inspection at Canadian Tire.
No alterations needed because the guy was nice at Canadian Tire.

Dave

[22-06-2005,23:55]
[***.116.147.37]
dave
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Oh yeah... importing a car... if I had to do it again, I wouldn´t!

Dave

[22-06-2005,23:56]
[***.116.147.37]
dave
More confusion (in reply to: Solid information about bringing US car to Canada)
In doing a little more research, I called Canadian Customs (204-983-3500) and the woman said I DO NOT need to pay the taxes as long as I list the car as part of my household goods when I land. I will need to pay the other fees: $182, AC fee, inspection fee, etc.

It seems like Canada is not even totally clear on this. Take a look at what happened to this fellow, he was incorrectly charged GST tax at landing and then had to get it refunded: modena.intergate.ca/personal/rajanr/Van_File/Land_Exp.html

But if anyone has gone through with their car at landing and NOT had to pay tax, I would appreciate your confirmation that this is the case.

Thanks for all your help.

[23-06-2005,13:44]
[**.41.102.25]
Tim
One more link (in reply to: Solid information about bringing US car to Canada)
This site says it clearly, except for the mention of local taxes: www.cbsa.gc.ca/E/pub/cp/rc4151/rc4151-e.pdf
[23-06-2005,14:04]
[**.41.102.25]
Tim
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I brought a 4-wheeler when I moved here and DID NOT have to pay any taxes. I paid 182CAN$ at border, had to pay Can Tire to inspect and put silly things like day-lights, but tnothing else. I haven´t bought Canadian plates yet (you can drive till your current US registration expires before getting the Canadian plates) but I don´t need to pay any taxes (I confirmed this) except for the new title fee and registration fee.
[23-06-2005,14:50]
[***.202.107.231]
In Canada
Thanks (in reply to: Solid information about bringing US car to Canada)
Thanks.
[23-06-2005,18:43]
[**.41.102.25]
Tim
(in reply to: Solid information about bringing US car to Canada)
Tim, I paid taxes, but in my case, I was not immigrating. I was coming home from a work VISA in the US, and I had bought a car in the US while working there.

I guess if you are immigrating, you can bring things without paying tax...

[23-06-2005,18:56]
[***.116.146.227]
dave