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Thread: Canada Closed to Any Modified Imports

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    Senior Member 88.5countach's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackScorpion View Post
    The title of this thread is a little misleading. You can import some completed replicas/kit cars into Canada.
    Here's a link to the current government rules:

    Note specifically the section titled "Importing completed kit cars into Canada" about half way down the page:

    "Most kit cars do not qualify to be imported to Canada. The exceptions are kit cars that are over 15 years old.Kit cars older than 15 years are not regulated by the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. They are referred to as "age-exempt." This means that you can import the completed kit car into Canada if it meets entry requirements from the Canada Border Services Agency."

    (Print out the above section of the official website as you may need it when your cross the Canadian border.)

    What it comes down to is the year of the vehicle on the title, and if it is modified from the original car then you need proof that it was built over 15 years ago.
    When it comes to Countach/Diablo/F40 replicas, chances are they were built at least that long ago.

    Canadian and U.S. border agents (CBSA) will look for a proper VIN plate on the car.
    They will also look for the manufacturer's EPA/safety regulations/compliance decal.
    Chances are if it's a 308/F40 replica which kept the original Fiero doors, it will still have it on the door jamb (if I recall). Otherwise you could get one from Ebay/Pennocks.

    It's important that you declare it "age-exempt" per the above rule. If not, you will have to through an RIV (registrar of imported vehicles) process, which requires a very strict inspection, and you have a time limit to do so. There's also RIV fees. Avoid that route if at all possible.

    The age-exempt rule allows you to just bring the car into Canada with a simple "out of province" inspection, which essentially checks for lights, brakes, wipers, etc. That inspection happens much later.

    In other words, you're not going to be driving it through the border because you won't have it registered and insured under your name in Canada.
    Expect to tow it across the border.
    Perhaps you can first register it in your name in the US and get some sort of insurance binder into Canada, but I've never explored that route.

    Also note that when importing a vehicle into Canada, it first needs to be exported out of the U.S.A.

    So here's the order of steps:

    1) Prepare car for export out of the U.S. To do that, ensure the border crossing that you will be going through has a copy of the title and copy of bill of sale at least 72 hours before you plan on bringing it across.
    You will also need to hire the services of a brokerage company to do the paperwork and request an ITN (internal transit number) through the AES (Automated Export System). I was told there's no getting around that, but it only costs around USD$150 for the brokerage.

    2) The day of the export/import, you bring your car to the U.S. side border first, along with the original title and bill of sale.
    Present your brokerage paperwork/AES number as well to the U.S. border guards.
    They will inspect the car and check that the VIN numbers match the title.
    Once all is clear, they will stamp your U.S. title with an "Exported" stamp.

    3) You then proceed to cross the Canadian border.
    There you will present all of the paperwork again and they will also inspect the car again.
    You will have to then fill out an Form 1 for import.
    Ensure that you specify that it is an age exempt vehicle and bring along copies of the government page that I linked above, as border agents do not deal with age exempt cars on a regular basis.
    You shouldn't have to deal with an RIV registration because you're age exempt.

    They will look for the VIN and the compliance label again.
    Once all is good, they will charge you the duty (if applicable) and a GST tax on the vehicle and stamp your Form 1.

    You will then take it home to Canada, and take your time preparing it for the inspection.

    4) Once it's inspected, you can register it and insure and at that time you will pay the provincial taxes for it.

    Worst case scenario, if the Canadian side doesn't approve it for import into Canada and you're stuck at the border, ask to have it imported as a race car or parts only.
    This will let you bring the car through, but you will not be able to register it for street use in Canada.
    You can then buy a registrable beater Fiero back home, and swap out the body - that should only take a couple of days (or years), but at that point, you won't need an inspection because you're on an already Canadian-registered Fiero.
    Well done, I got as far as the 15 year exemption years ago and was going to look to a broker to help with all the boarder because trying to wrap my head around all this was crazy. Excellent work, thanks!!!

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    Do you guys know if I can only import body kits??

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    Senior Member 88.5countach's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exoticarslover View Post
    Do you guys know if I can only import body kits??
    Yes that is not an issue I believe. The explanation I was given years ago is body and chassis were ok. Thinks like motors, tranny, things that could be purchased locally they don't like to see.

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    Junior Member Don C's Avatar
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    How's a guy register a out of province kit car into Ontario with some of the essential things like wipers and bumpers non exsistant?

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    As far as I know you will need an out of province inspection done. Usually the inspecting company will look at your old registration and use that as the criteria needed to pass the new inspection.

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