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What is the “recall clearance” letter?2023-04-11T20:50:26+00:00

Recall clearance documents verify that any defects identified by the manufacturer as a potential safety risk to the vehicle’s operator, occupants and public at large, have been corrected.

Acceptable forms of recall clearance documentation are:

  • A letter from the vehicle manufacturer’s U.S. or Canadian head office.
  • A printout from an American or Canadian dealership’s vehicle service database.
  • The manufacturer’s web site.
Why does the vehicle have to be modified?2023-04-11T20:50:01+00:00

While U.S. & Canadian vehicle specifications and safety standards are very similar, there are still a few differences.
If the vehicle is NOT modified to meet Transport Canada regulations, it will NOT be road legal and you will NOT be able to register & plate it.

In Canada, the following are MANDATORY according to Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations:

  • Daytime running lights
  • Child seat tethers
  • Metric units
What are all the fees involved?2023-04-11T20:49:34+00:00

Import Trader only charges a flat administration fee depending on if the vehicle is driven or transported on a truck.
If the vehicle is self-driven, our flat fee is $495 CAD + taxes.
If you require access to our transport network, it is $595 CAD + taxes + wholesale cartage.

All other fees (HST/GST, duty, air conditioner tax, etc. are all flow-through and identical if you did the import yourself.)

  • The other costs & fees associated with importing your vehicle are as follows and are paid by Import Trader to their respective organizations, government bodies and companies and NOT kept by Import Trader: (All prices CAD)
  • Registrar of Imported Vehicles Fee: $195 + GST/QST/HST (depending on the border crossing used)
  • Letter of Recall (from manufacturer, varies, if applicable)
  • Wholesale transport/cartage (varies by location)
  • Air Conditioner Tax: $100 + GST
  • Gas Guzzler Tax (Green Levy): $1,000 – $4,000 (Doesn’t apply to pick-up trucks.)
  • Duty (for vehicles manufactured outside North America, VIN starts with a letter): 6.1%
  • Modifications: daytime running lights, metric instrument cluster, child seat tethers, etc. (varies)
  • GST
  • PST/HST/QST (when the vehicle is registered)
Why use Import Trader?2023-04-11T20:49:00+00:00

We allow you to deal locally, with a registered Canadian company based in the Greater Toronto Area. We handle everything at the Border as well as provide bonded/insured transportation of your vehicle.

When will I get my vehicle?2023-04-11T20:48:27+00:00

Your vehicle should arrive in 7-14 days, depending on availability and the required modifications.

Can I import any vehicle?2023-04-11T20:36:26+00:00

Import Trader can facilitate the entire import process of any used vehicle you wish to purchase, provided it is admissible. Transport Canada maintains a list of admissible vehicles.


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