Re: RE : [ImmigrationQuebec] Drive to Canada from the US
- Thank you very much Rice for this info it is very useful!!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Rice Matters <cubeice24@...>
> Hey Paty,
> I also plan to move in May and I'm still hesitant
> about driving my own car up. If it were a little more
> reliable I wouldn't mind keeping it so I'll most
> likely sell it and rent a U-Haul van to carry my stuff
> Many people have mixed opinions about it but the
> majority I've heard from say that cars are cheaper in
> the US and also cars in Canada get worn much quicker
> due to the harsh weather conditions, salt on the roads
> etc. Some exaggerators even state that a 3 year old
> car in Canada is equivalent to a 10 year old one in
> the US in terms of wear and tear.
> I saved an old post from somebody who'd shared their
> experience on importing a car to Canada from the US.
> I've copied it below. Hope this helps and good luck
> with your move.
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> Hi Denis,
> If you currently like your car, I'd recommend you to
> keep it when moving to Canada. Usually, you lose money
> when selling a good car and buying another one.
> I brought my car from US and I had to take it through
> importation process.
> Its not too painful. At least it wasnt for me.Here
> goes the list of documents you'd need to export car
> from US and import it into Canada:
> 1. Vehicle title
> 2. Recall clearence letter - a letter from
> manufacturer or dealer of car stating that all recalls
> on specified car are complete
> First of all, it is necessary to possess the title of
> the car. In case if it still belongs to bank (credit
> not paid fully) you would first have to get the
> permission from bank to take car out of country and
> get the title of the car as well from them.
> Next step is to inform US customs that car is going to
> be exported. In few websites describing exportation
> procedure I saw people mentioning that one can fax the
> car title copy to the US port of entry 3-4 days prior
> to exportation. HOWEVER, that is NOT what US customs
> officers told me on the border. They told me that I
> have to present actual title at the border post so
> they could stamp it and take a copy of it 4 days
> before the exportation. After stamping car has to stay
> in US for 4 days before actually leaving. I was lucky
> to ask them this question when was coming back from
> Canada couple weeks before moving there for good and I
> had car title with myself. They took copy of it and
> stamped it and I was clear to go when arrived to same
> border post 15 days later. They just put a special
> stamp on title and thats all.
> Now, you have to import the vehicle into Canada.
> Canadian customs officer verifies that car is properly
> exported from US and gives you 2 forms. You will have
> to pay about 200 canadan dollars of importation fee at
> this moment (credit card is good enough). You can
> drive the car inside Canada now.
> But things are not over yet, there are 2 inspections
> to pass.
> First, you car must be taken to Canadian Tire where
> they will conduct federal inspection of it. This is
> free of charge. In Canada all cars are supposed to
> have Daytime Running Lights (DRL). If your car has no
> DRL, you would have to install it, costs about 120$.
> might be other modfications you car could need - at
> Canadian Tire they will tell you what exactly needs to
> be done with car. I would recommend to take your car
> to the exact dealer of car (Honda service center for
> Honda's for example) cause they know how to do hose
> modifications right.
> After installing DRL take the car to Canadian Tire,
> they will do the federal inspection and stamp your
> Form 2 with "Passed" stamp.Now you need to get a
> canadian license plate. I dont know how that works in
> other provinces, but in Quebec you need to take car to
> provincial inspection first. Any CAA (Canadian
> Association - version of AAA) can do that for you for
> 70$. After inspection they issue you a positive
> inspection form which you would have to take to SAAQ
> in Quebec (equivalent of registry of motor vehicles).
> There they will issue you a license plate right on
> spot. By the way, registration in Quebec is expensive
> - costs around 270$ a year.
> Roughly, it took me about a week to complete all these
> --- "Paty A." <pamacifuen@...> a écrit :
> > Hi all,
> > I'll be moving to Canada on May and was thinking of
> > driving there with
> > all my belongings.
> > Anyone knows what is the procedure arriving to the
> > border? Is it
> > worthed take my own car up there?
> > What are the requirements?
> > Thanks for your help!
> > Patty
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