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Old 04-18-2007, 01:29 AM   #1
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Has anyone done this?
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Old 04-18-2007, 02:21 AM   #2
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I imported an 07' brand new 2.5i from the state couple months ago.
Here is my thread:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1181544
For importing a used car, you may need to do your homework.
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Old 04-18-2007, 02:41 AM   #3
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wheres the pics?
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Old 04-18-2007, 02:47 AM   #4
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Has anyone done this? Did you do this yourself? Is there someone you know who can get me a mint one for the much better US pricing? Please help me get an STI using this route if you know a way. I don't mind as long as the car/price is good.
I pm'ed you... if you have any questions feel free to pm me back
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:48 AM   #5
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If you do a search there are also a number of threads on this, including a "how to" thread, all here in the VIC forum.
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:49 AM   #6
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I imported 2 STI's from the US last summer. An 05 from Portland OR, and an 06 that I kept from Edmunds WA.

Pretty easy but lots of little details...

I went through two different boarder crossings and they were both totally Different experiences... So don't think that all boarder crossings are the same!

Just make sure you have the TITLE!!!!!

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Old 04-18-2007, 02:42 PM   #7
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check out Richmond Subaru. I bought my US car from them for a great price.

I bring it up, only because I was at R.S. the other day and noticed they had about a half dozen STi's in stock. Something, something, supply and demand..... you may get a great deal yourself
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Old 04-18-2007, 04:07 PM   #8
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I'm about to import my 2000 RS to Canada soon. Its already here but its an american car. I got some information that if you are importing through the Blaine POE the car has to be in the states 72 business hours prior to it being exported, during which you have to fax them over the title, some other form and a bill of sale if you are not the owner of the car.

The 72 business hour thing seems a little retarded to me. Anyone else have to deal with that?
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Old 04-18-2007, 04:36 PM   #9
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Yeah, I faxed it over and then called to follow up to make sure they received it. Didn't want to drive over to the border and have them go "what title?"
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:45 PM   #10
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I'm about to import my 2000 RS to Canada soon. Its already here but its an american car. I got some information that if you are importing through the Blaine POE the car has to be in the states 72 business hours prior to it being exported, during which you have to fax them over the title, some other form and a bill of sale if you are not the owner of the car.

The 72 business hour thing seems a little retarded to me. Anyone else have to deal with that?
Everyone has to "deal with that", it is part of the process. The 72 hour rule at Blaine, Washington is actually 3 business days after they receive the paperwork. You can only have your title stamped exported when the export office is open, and the 72 hours do not accumulate on days the office is closed.

The other sheet you have to fill out and send to them is the vehicle/equipment export worksheet.

http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/linkh...export_wks.doc
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:17 PM   #11
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^^^ You guys need to get your fact strait!

The 72 hour rule is for the car's Title. You have to fax the front and back of the title to the specific crossing you are planning on using 72 before you plan to cross the boarder. If for some reason you have to go through a different boarder corssing good luck unless you faxed the title 72hours before to them as well!

That 72 hours is there so they can check to make sure the car isn't stolen or have anything else on it that might hold you back from exporting it.

Then when you arive at the boarder, you have to have the original title in your hand so they can stamp it for export approval.

It has nothing to do with how long the actual car has been in the US for....

Don't forget to get your Recall Clearence Letter from Subaru before as well or else you will not be able to get insurance on it... I can't remember if you need that letter at the Can boarder....

Also don't wait to get your Form 2 mailed to you! It can take a very long time. Just call the RIV and get them to fax it to the Crappy Tire you are getting your inspections done at.

Remember you can't get insurance until you have the inspections done!

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Old 04-18-2007, 09:21 PM   #12
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^^^ You guys need to get your fact strait!

Also don't wait to get your Form 2 mailed to you! It can take a very long time. Just call the RIV and get them to fax it to the Crappy Tire you are getting your inspections done at.

Remember you can't get insurance until you have the inspections done!

Jay
Yes you can get a up to a fourteen day permit which I did only to find out that the Guy at RIV was really nice and email me form 2 to me in 2 min. So I ended wasting money on a 14 day permit. Like I want to give ICBC an extra $200. for two weeks insurance. but it was still cheaper then renting a car.
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:47 PM   #13
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and you can't rent a STI Ltd.
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Old 04-18-2007, 11:55 PM   #14
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Yes, there is one 72 hour period where you have to have the stuff faxed to them.

Information I recieved from them ALSO states that the car has to be IN THE STATES for that 72 hours prior to export. That was the part I was referring to having to deal with.

How do they even know if your car is in the states or not??
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Old 04-19-2007, 05:05 PM   #15
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Yes, there is one 72 hour period where you have to have the stuff faxed to them.

Information I recieved from them ALSO states that the car has to be IN THE STATES for that 72 hours prior to export. That was the part I was referring to having to deal with.

How do they even know if your car is in the states or not??
Interesting part about the "In the states" for 72 hours... Don't see why that would make any difference... Unless you are buying a car from Japan or over seas and it was going though the US... That I can see making sense...

I guess they would know if its been in the US due to the paperwork... Import/export docs... Its probably all electronically monitored now...
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:45 PM   #16
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if you don't want to deal with customs and all that suff. get hold of Ben from Hansen's Forwarding. (he deals with Joe@Carter's Subaru all the time.) They will pick up the car for you (flatbed truck), take it through the border with all the paper works done and drop the car off at the burnaby warehouse for about $500 bucks. you just go in pay for the duty and taxes in the building, and drive the car off. Call riv the next day, and have them to fax you the inspection paper so you can get the inspection done and get the car insured.
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Old 04-20-2007, 02:43 AM   #17
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if you don't want to deal with customs and all that suff. get hold of Ben from Hansen's Forwarding. (he deals with Joe@Carter's Subaru all the time.) They will pick up the car for you (flatbed truck), take it through the border with all the paper works done and drop the car off at the burnaby warehouse for about $500 bucks. you just go in pay for the duty and taxes in the building, and drive the car off. Call riv the next day, and have them to fax you the inspection paper so you can get the inspection done and get the car insured.
But what's the fun in that??? It's an adventure to go down to Seattle for the weekend and bring it back Monday Morning. I would do it in a hart beat again.. But they way the New Imprezza's look it might be a 2008 Evo instead...j/k
The reason I say that I saw one today driving home from Vancouver!!! It Looked sweet, I didn't know it was avaible yet?? Maybe it might have been up here for a commercial it was by the studio's in Burnaby by the Home Depot.
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:20 PM   #18
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Do I pay PST too?

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Old 04-25-2007, 06:35 PM   #19
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For brand new cars, when you register in BC, you pay PST (at any autoplan).
So I think you better go to autoplan and ask to made sure, or just call ICBC (604) 661-2800.
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:52 AM   #20
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Yes, you will pay PST+GST+6.1%Duty!

GST is paid at the boarder, PST is paid when you get it insured! Remember, because it's from the US, NO taxes have EVER been paid on it. Therefore, it doesn't matter if its new or used!

Unless you have Parents, Grandparents who live in Alberta to buy the car for you and then Gift it to you.

When I purchased my first 05 STI in Portland, OR. I bought it, then drove to Banff where my grandmother lives. Had to drive to Calgary to get the Inspections done on it at Crappy Tire.

After the inspections, I had my grandmother insure the car and get Alberta license plates. Then I had her sign a gift letter saying she is gifting me the car!

Then, got back to Kelowna, had to go again to Crappy tire and get the BC inspections done. Then once those inspections were done, when I went to insure the car, I had the gift letter with me and HAHA NO PST! FU government!!

My dad buys all his cars through his mother in Alberta! Its kind of a pain in the ass but depending on the price of the car it can def be worth it sometimes!

6% on $40,000 is $2,400! which is worth it in my books!

Now all those "extra" expenses do cost money so you are not going to save all of that... But I bet I saved about $1,800 or so...

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