If the car is located in the United States, there are a few extra things to consider. First, is the car admissible in Canada? Does it require modification? You can check the list for typical modification requirements, or call the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) at 1-888-848-8240 FREE 1-888-848-8240 . If it needs modification, you should check with a mechanic for an estimate. And you should check with the manufacturer or dealer of the car to obtain a recall clearance letter to pass the federal inspection.
What are the duty and taxes? Visit My Border Pro to get a detailed quote for the landed cost of your vehicle, including duty and taxes.
Also, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), responsible for assessing and collecting duties and taxes, can be reached at 1-800-461-9999 (in Canada) or 1-506-636-5064 or 1-204-983-3500 (outside Canada).
I'm buying a car from the United States. What else do I need to know?
There are a few different ways to buy a car on eBay.
First, you can place a bid during an auction. Enter your maximum bid into the box at the bottom of the listing and click "Place Bid". eBay will then automatically bid on your behalf up to the maximum amount you input if there are competing bidders.
The duration of auction will be specified so you know how long you have to bid on the car. Often the seller will have a reserve price (the minimum price the seller will accept). If the highest bid does not meet the reserve, then they don't have to sell the car.
If you see a Buy It Now icon on the listing, then you can purchase the car immediately for the set price without waiting for the auction to end.
Some sellers may also give you the option to make a Best Offer. Best Offer allows you to make an offer to the seller which they can accept, reject or counteroffer. Each Best Offer is binding, just like a bid, and is good for 48 hours
You are the proud owner of a new (or used) car. Congratulations! Now down to the details of closing the deal.
You need to contact the seller to arrange payment, shipping and documentation.
If you bought your car from a seller outside Canada, you will need to arrange for its entry into Canada. The easiest way to do this is to use an importing service. They will take care of the all the paperwork for you or ship your car over the border with clearance or do both. It's up to you.
If you'd like to handle the import process on your own, check out our Importing a Car from the US checklist for step-by-step instructions on how to bring a car into Canada.
Make sure you have all the right papers: title documents, registration, sales receipts, statement of compliance label, and manufacturer's clearance letter.