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Buying a car from Canada

October 3 2017 at 2:37 PM
BAKE  (Login BAKES69ER)
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Going to Canada this wkd. (just found out today) to pick up an original cj powered Merc. I have never bought a car from Canada and was just curious if any members can share with me what to expect and what I need to do to get the car back to Iowa. Any input would be greatly appreciated! I know I will need the title signed and a bill of sale with vin number and previous owners name on it. Do I need to provide some sort of other paperwork at the border?

Thanks in advance,

Bake

 
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cliffrod
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Have you got your passport?

October 3 2017, 3:08 PM 

Used to go over the border drinking when the bars closed earlier in VT, but understood now you gotta have a real passport to continue the bender with French beer...
1967 Galaxie 500 Red original Q code 428
1967 Galaxie 500 White with Black stripes 428PI clone- car is dead & long gone, sold near Oak Ridge TN 2000, would love to find it.....
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farnorth
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canada

October 3 2017, 5:51 PM 

yes you will need a passport. You should check the rules with American customs. When coming the other way U.S.A. needs a broker and Canada wants 72hr notice at the crossing you are using. No sweat use a broker , they get it right and small extra cost.

 
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Anonymous
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Border information

October 3 2017, 6:46 PM 

Hi Blake
Two years ago I bought a 1979 low rider Harley from my cousin in Canada.He called the border and asked what we had to do to get the bike back into the states. They told him that the seller and the buyer had to meet at the border with the bike and with a clear title. So I went to international falls and met up with my cousin. Then we met with the border guard and he looked at the title and made sure it was clear and then at the bill of sales to me. Then he stamped the title with some other paper work to be used for when you apply for the title in the states. That was how it worked at that border crossing. The border guard said we did it the right way by calling and checking first. He see a lot of cars,trucks,snowmobiles,bikes,ect. go to the states. Sooner then later that piece of equipment what ever it is. is back at the border and the buyer is madder then hell. because he could not get a title in the states because he did not have the border guard stamp of approval on that special piece of paper. So now to get the paper work needed to get a title in the states. You will have to go back to the last port of entry to get every thing you need for a U.S. title. Sorry so long hopes this helps and do it right the first time. It will save you time in the long run.

Dan


 
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BAKE
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THANKS

October 3 2017, 8:22 PM 

Thanks everyone for the input. My seller says all I need is the title and bill of sale with vin number, etc. I do have my passport and thought of that. I'll try and reach border entry tomorrow to see if I do need broker. I'll ask about the border guard stamp of approval too.

Headed there on Friday/Sat. to pick up 68 1/2 formal roof Montego 428 car. I'm stoked!


 
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Tom P
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Re: THANKS

October 3 2017, 9:13 PM 

I don't think you need a broker or the seller to be with you. In Canada we need to give the title (or a fax of it) to the US Customs 72 hours in advance to bring a car into Canada... that is exporting it from the US, at the Canadian side you just show up afterwards with that US document. I've heard it's easier to bring one into the US from Canada than the opposite and that is not too hard.

 
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DanW
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Let us know what happens

October 4 2017, 6:28 AM 

Bake, When you get the car home, please let us know what happened and how it all went. This is something that I am interested in, as I live in MN and border our fine northern neighbors in Canada.

 
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Button
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X2 I would like to know more about the process as well

October 4 2017, 9:49 AM 

Thought someone here posted it also matters somehow if the vehicle was originally titled In the buyer's country and is being repatriated. I've only sent vehicles out.
1967 Galaxie 500 Red original Q code 428
1967 Galaxie 500 White with Black stripes 428PI clone- car is dead & long gone, sold near Oak Ridge TN 2000, would love to find it.....
Please visit http://carolinasculpturestudio.com/ for pictures, information and video links to my work.

 
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farnorth
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its simple

October 4 2017, 3:46 PM 

If going into states call U.S. customs, if coming into Canada call Canada customs.Its been done millions of times . Just be informed and things go smoothly.

 
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Gary B
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have you ever actually called customs?

October 5 2017, 10:29 PM 

That has to be one of the most difficult agencies to get information from. On other matters I've had to call them, they feign total ignorance of what I am asking and when I slightly change the wordage to match the bureaucratic speak, suddenly they remember an answer or a specialist sitting 4' away. There simply is no way to get good advice by 'calling customs". I've had customs officers question me why I was declaring a $1500 canopy I was importing, other times they will make a big deal out of something that would seem trivial

When importing in to the US several years ago, it was important to have a notarized bill of sale (I believe that was a Washington State requirement). Not a big deal to find a notary in the USA, but very formal in Canada.

 
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BAKE
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DanW

October 9 2017, 12:05 PM 

Got home to Iowa on Sunday. All went smooth except the person I had helping me was very rude and belligerent. Long story short.....someone else ended up helping me and getting me on my way after wasting over an hour in the customs office in Port Huron. What should have been simple and easy was made very frustrating due to a gal that must absolutely hate her job. As I was waiting in the office watching other people (mostly truck drivers) come and go.... I noticed all the US Customs Agents were cut from the same cloth. All rude and very impatient. What I finally had all my paperwork signed and released, the 2nd agent that took over did tell me "welcome home". I thought to myself I'm glad I am a US citizen. I wonder how badly I would have been treated if I would have been a Canadian citizen?

Rant over, just glad to get my 68 1/2 Montego R-code to its new home and I look forward to restoring it to its former glory. Car was sold out of Sandy Elliot Motors. Border Bandits for all of you FE guru's that are in the know about they're racing heritage.

Gary

 
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