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  You want to know more about the person who's selling the car. And you need to get more details about the car itself. You should also learn the terms and conditions of the sale. Follow the steps below to get answers for all your questions.

Learn about U.S. cars

If the car is located in the United States, there are a few extra things to consider. First, make sure to print off the Buying from the U.S. Checklist to walk you through each step in detail. 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. 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).