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Importing a Car: Checklist

Importing a Car to Canada 

When importing a car into Canada, there are guide lines that you must follow. The first step it to make sure you’ve compiled the proper documentation and information on the vehicle. Prior to crossing the border, you will need to submit specific documentation to insure that you are safe to cross. We’ve created a check list to make sure that you have all the prerequisites needed to cross the border.



 Car import CheckList


If you have completed the check list above your car will be able to cross, but we are not done yet. You’ll have 45 days to have the necessary changes made to your car, and have it inspected. Once you pass the inspection, you will be aloud to plate the vehicle and drive safely on Canadian roads.


Please note: Not all vehicles that are manufactured for sale in the United States can be imported into Canada. Please ensure your vehicle can be importer prior to purchase

If you arrive at a CBSA office and your vehicle does not meet the requirements of both the CBSA and Transport Canada, you must either export or destroy your vehicle under the CBSA’s supervision. You are responsible for all the related costs.  In such circumstances, duty and GST may not be refunded. Remember that it is your responsibility to meet all import requirements. Call the CBSA and Transport Canada (or the RIV) before you attempt to import your vehicle.


Tips & Tricks: Vehicles with a first-digit character other than 1,2,3,4 or 5, indicate the vehicle was not produced in North America.


To find out exactly how much your car import will cost, use’s Car Import Calculator 


For more info on Car imports to Canada, check out the CBSA car imports page here

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