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Old 12-29-2003, 10:34 PM   #1
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Buying a car in the USA vs Canada.

Hey!

I live in Canada and would like to get a BMW M3 when I'm older, and I was just checking out prices here in Canada and comparing them to prices in the US. Here is what I found:

USA: MSRP $60,943 CAD (converted from $46,500 USD)
CAN: MSRP $73,950 CAD

That's 13 grand saved if the car is bought from the States rather than here in Canada!!

Why is that?? Is there a catch? (ex: would taxes, duties, etc bring up the price a lot?) Are there any other restrictions? The reason I am asking is because first of all, a lot of money can be saved if I buy from across the border, and second; I always thought/have heard that cars are generally cheaper priced here in Canada.

If you guys can help me out and let me know if I am missing something, then that would be greatly appreciated! If not, then I'm looking forward to saving quite a bit of money

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Old 12-30-2003, 05:07 AM   #2
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Well, I have to admit the first time I read your post I thought you must have your numbers wrong. Then I looked at BMW's Canadian website and was completely blown away by the price difference. The cars at a quick glance have the same content. The only real difference is the Canada required DRL's but I think that can be overcome. So...

Take a look at http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/mj/import.htm. Although the article is specifically geared toward used cars, it also briefly covers new cars. It even includes government links that explain the requirements in detail. I haven't done the math but with all the duties, fees, etc, plus the hassle you'll go through to make it legal, it might not be worth your time to import from the USA.
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the canadian ones might have things that the american ones dont... cuz somethings that are allowed to be on cars arent allowed in america. what those are i dont know
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how about the exchange rate between US dollars and canadian dollars?
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how about the exchange rate between US dollars and canadian dollars?
He already has that figured into his numbers. See, right there in his post. Which makes me wonder, is this important enough for him to come back and say thanks?
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oops....i guess my vacation has gotten to my head...
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