Importing a car into Canada may seem to be a daunting task but it really isn’t too difficult. This past summer I imported one of the 2011 Subaru Outbacks and the process was incredibly smooth. In addition we saved over $9300! In this post I will detail how to DIY import a car to Canada from the United States.
How to DIY Import a Car to Canada
Here is the process:
- Make sure the vehicle you are interested in is on the Registrar of Imported Vehicles admissibility list. Some manufacturers do not allow their dealerships to sell new vehicles to Canadians.
- It is wise to determine if the manufacturer honours the warranty for your chosen vehicle once it has crossed the border into Canada. Not all manufacturers are on that list, such as Subaru. Some manufacturers have the owner pay for warranty expenses out of pocket and then apply for reimbursement.
- Find out if the vehicle you will purchase is subject to the high emissions excise tax. NRCAN is a great place to look this up as these taxes can run $1000-$4000 on inefficient vehicles.
- Check the list of vehicles that have had safety recalls.
- If you are buying used it is worth investigating the vehicle’s history and background. There are numerous online services that allow you to check the VIN number. The peace of mind is worth $20-30.
- Find out if you will have to pay duty on the car. Cars manufactured in North America are not subject to duty tax but those built outside North America are subject to duty under NAFTA. Duty is often 6.1% of the value of the vehicle. Even with duty, you can often still save thousands of dollars importing. Industry Canada can help you look up the vehicle you are buying.
- Arrange your currency exchange.
- Arrange payment, vehicle pickup or delivery. Delivery or the use of an Importer can make quite a dent in your savings, so carefully evaluate if you want to use these services. Some dealerships accept payment on delivery if you pick the car up in person. It is also wise to request a temporary licence that can be taped to your rear window. Don’t leave without an outstanding recall letter (if the dealership will provide one).
- Fax in a copy of the vehicle title to the U.S. border crossing where you intend to cross. This must be done 72 hours in advance of exporting the car.
- Arrange to get motor vehicle insurance for the car if you intend to drive it back to Canada.
- Plan your trip to the dealership where you intend to buy the car. Enjoy the journey.
- Meet with the dealership. Double check that the VIN on the bill of sale matches the one on the vehicle. There is usually a sticker on the driver side door that has the VIN on it. Complete the financial transaction.
- Drive to your desired U.S. border crossing and identify yourself with your passport and licence. The officers will check that the title, VIN and bill of sale. They will then release the title to Canada Customs.
- Drive to Canada Customs and identify yourself with your passport and license. Inform the officers you are importing your new car and fill out the Vehicle Import Form 1 (It will be provided).
- You also pay the 5% GST (QST in Quebec, GST portion of HST in Ontario and British Columbia). Your rewards credit card should handle these payments as most Canadian Customs offices won’t take cash or cheque payment.
- Customs will release your Form 1. Keep all your paperwork available in case you are pulled over, which is possible if a police officer sees a car with no plates.
- Drive home!
- You will now pay the $195+HST RIV fee, $100 A/C tax (if the car has A/C), duty (if so required) and possibly the aforementioned emissions tax.
- Within 10 days of submitting your Form 1 Canada Customs will mail you the Form 2 – Federal Inspection.
- You have 45 days from the day you submitted to get any required modifications done to your vehicle (common items include metric speedometer updates/display, daytime running lights, child tether anchorage) and have your vehicle inspected at Canadian Tire.
- At the inspection ensure you have all of the documentation you’ve accumulated. The Forms 1 and 2, letter of recall, title, bill of sale are all required.
- The techs at Canadian Tire will conduct their inspection. This will take 30-60 minutes. The inspection is included in the RIV fee you paid at the border.
- If the vehicle passes inspection, skip ahead to 25.
- If the vehicle does not pass inspection, determine where you want the upgrades done and get the work completed withing 45 days.
- Take your paperwork to the provincial licencing office and register your car. You will pay provincial tax at this point. Use your rewards credit card here as well.
A number of steps to take, but to save 20-30% on your vehicle purchase, well worth it. We will definitely DIY import a car to Canada again.
So are you shopping for a new car? Know what the dealer paid, get secret rebates and big discounts. It is wise to educate yourself about the pricing in Canada prior to looking to the south – you never know how much of a discount you will get by importing the vehicle until you really understand how Canada pricing works.
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One of the most effective ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle is to downsize. Downsizing your lifestyle involves cutting out the things that are less important, and finding contentment with a little bit less.
If you are ready to downsize your lifestyle here are a few tips that can help you get on the right track:
1. Decide What’s Important to You
Before you can downsize your lifestyle, you need to figure out what you want that lifestyle to look at. What’s most important to you? What are your priorities? Downsizing isn’t always about getting rid of everything and moving into a tiny house. Instead, take a look at what you like best about your life right now, and then figure out what spending serves as a distraction. Once you figure out what’s important to you, and prioritize, it becomes easier to know exactly what to cut out of your new lifestyle.
Recently, one of the bloggers I read decided it would be her last post on her website. All of her readers were told not to worry, as she had created a new site that would encompass more things and more information. Her new site (Mike and Mollys house) has a lot of great stuff, but one thing that really caught my eye was this article on papercrete. I had never heard of this before, immediately decided to do more research on the stuff. What I’ve found has been really interesting, and I’d like to let you all know more as well.
Papercrete is basically ground up old pieces of paper, water, portland cement and some dirt. It seems like mixes can vary based on your ingredients, but they all typically include those four things. It can be made then formed into anything, from bricks for a paved walkway outside to bricks for the walls of your next shed (or home!)
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By now, most people are aware of the links between deodorants containing aluminum and Alzheimer’s. Aluminum is one of several highly toxic substances the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t protect us from. The non-aluminum deodorant choices stacked on mainstream market shelves don’t do a lot to disinfect or cloak the sweat emerging underarm, either. Consumers wanting the healthiest alternatives are turning to do-it-yourself approaches and figuring out how to make deodorant or the sometimes pricey options available from a few of the more prominent green brands.
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Fortunately, where affordable deodorant is concerned, the do-it-yourself formula couldn’t be easier to put together.
How to Make Deodorant:
If you don’t already have them in your kitchen, you’ll want to gather a box of baking soda, a package of arrowroot or cornstarch, and a bottle of organic coconut oil (organic canola makes a suitable stand-in). Essential oils are optional and not necessary. If you opt to use them, lavender, lemon, and tea tree oil are traditional selections with anti-bacterial qualities.
Set aside the container you’ll keep your deodorant in. If you prefer a tube, you can find new deodorant tubes available for purchase online. Before transferring the deodorant to a roll-up applicator, you’ll want to mix it in a separate bowl or container.
Mix together a half-part* baking soda with a part arrowroot (or cornstarch). The dry mix should be thoroughly combined. If you need an extra-strength deodorant, mix equal parts of the baking soda and cornstarch (be careful when working-out with it, in large amounts baking soda can slightly bleach clothes). Add a half-part coconut oil (or canola oil) to the mix, stirring it in thoroughly.
Clumping is natural, just be sure you get everything thoroughly hand-blended. If you’re adding essential oil, keep it to a minimum of a few drops for an amount fitting a 4 oz container. Essential oil is concentrated and when overused it can be pungent and overpowering.
When your deodorant is mixed and optionally scented, cap it or transfer it to your roll-up deodorant container. If you keep water away from the mix, this can easily keep for a year – more likely, it’ll be used within 6 months when used daily. A little goes a very long way. You’re unlikely to look back, and you’ll be healthier for it.
*Note on how to make deodorant:
With this how to make deodorant recipe you can mix it up in large batches to store away for the whole family.
Parts can be any size you choose. If you designate a part’s measure as a teaspoon, a half-part would then be a half-teaspoon. If you assign a part’s measure as a cup, a quarter-part will equal a quarter cup. Using parts as measurements is often easier on the memory.
Do you how to make deodorant? Any additional suggestions or tweaks to the recipe?
Guest Post Author Bio: This post was written by Miss T, who blogs at Prairie EcoThrifter. Miss T. grew up in the Canadian prairies and still lives there today. She is passionate about saving money, being healthy, looking out for our environment, and most of all having fun. Her blog shares tips on how you too can live a green, debt free, and fun life.
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