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Old 09-06-2000, 04:37 PM
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How to get import from Canada?

I have a friend who is interested in some of
imports in Canada due to weak canadian dollar.
How hard is it to get it over to sate side?
What modifications do you have to make?

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Old 09-06-2000, 10:09 PM
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I have dealt with Asia a bit, but not Canada.

My guess would be that Canadien Benzs would be US Versions and no modifications would be necessary other than maybe if you are moving to California, where the emmisions are tougher.

I do not think that there is an additional sales tax in addition to the state tax that you would pay, but not sure.

It also depends what year your cars you are selling, if older, may not be even tested for emmisions, if newer, you'd have to pass your state emissions.

I would assume that the only major difference is that your speedometer may read in KM in large numbers???


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Old 09-06-2000, 11:08 PM
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I think the only difference between Canadian vs. US models is the speedometer of course (kph vs. mph) and daytime running lights. I don't see how you could have trouble importing the car into California in regards to emissions, since I ASSUME that a Texas Mercedes, is the same as a New York Mercedes, is the same as a California Mercedes, and is probably the same as any Mercedes from Canada other than the two little quirks I mentioned above.

I also did notice that in W124's, Canadian M-B's have a button for snow chains, while American M-B's don't seem to have it.

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Old 09-07-2000, 01:46 AM
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Duck Muck

I don't want to get mushy, but those ducks are cute.

Anyway, I don't know about now, but for many years, to my understanding, California cars had tighter emmissions, thus dubbed the name "California cars", even Mercedes sold there were modified. Both my 300s are "California cars". Not sure what they did to them, but supposedly they are a little more expensive ..

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Old 09-07-2000, 01:53 AM
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Actually anymore most all the vehicles are CA emmissioned, except they don't have the CA emmissions tag certifying it for CA. If bringing a vehicle into the State, at least from out of state, as long as it is equipped with all the emmissions equipment, and everything is working, and the car can pass the CA smog check, you're good to go. Up until recently there was a $300.00 environmental impact fee that was imposed on vehicles brought in that did not meet CA emmissions (no tag), that fee has since been ruled unconstitutional. Now if I can find the VIN's of a couple old Texas tagged trucks I brought with me, I can get a rebate.

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Old 09-07-2000, 03:06 AM
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No sure about specific models but the only major difference between Canadian and U.S. model cars are that Canadian models are metric (since 1981), DRLs (since 1992) and all have block heaters standard.
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Old 09-07-2000, 04:26 AM
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Won't you get taxed like crazy goin' across the border? As an example, I bought a Dell laptop in the states, and brought it back in to Canada, and they taxed me 25% on the value of the laptop ($1000CAN), so the damn machine ended up costing me $5000CAN. The conclusion of the story: any savings that you get for purchasing outta the country is probably gonna be lost after bein' taxed! I dunno how it works goin' in the other direction, but I would DEFINITELY find out! Also, all those emission tests and other formalities are probably gonna be a pain too...factor that in...

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Old 09-07-2000, 09:19 AM
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Mike,

You're from a very nice part of CA. Went there a few years ago and visited a local winery. Loved the wine learned how to taste it.

Duck Muck,

It all depends on the country you are taking it to. For example, some countries have import taxes as high as the value of the car , to encourage buying domestic. I don't think that autos coming in the US are that harsh as the more competition, the lower the price, the better the quality, etc., the better the capitalism.

From my understanding, Canada and a lot of out other good allies around the world, although are proponenets of the free enterprise system, are not as tax or (nontax) friendly as to the US. That is one of the reasons why so many countries import to the US (The US does not hammer them as much as other countries)

As far as the import penalty, I am ignorant on that matter. I do know that you are going to have to pay your State tax when you register it and probably Customs something when it crosses the border (maybe based on the value).

Somebody needs to call US Customs.
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Old 09-07-2000, 10:16 PM
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good idea to call U.S. customs, and to prearrange paperwork. MB car importation is for sure not covered by NAFTA, hence, all applicable duties will apply.
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