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Old 02-14-2007, 09:00 AM   #1
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Driving a USA Car In Canada

Does anybody know how long I can drive a USA car in Canada (Calgary).

Here’s the Deal...

My brother lives in LA (US Citizen) and has a Lotus Elise. He is thinking of driving it up to Calgary for the summer, then he’s off to Italy for five months.

He is willing to let me drive the car for the rest of the year. He has already put me on as a second driver on his insurance.

Since I am Canadian Citizen & I was wondering how long I can drive the Car before the “Cops” say something.

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Old 02-14-2007, 02:33 PM   #2
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Although I can't relate to this situation directly, I always thought you could ude a US car in Canada for as long as you like. I mean it's not like me shipping a UK car over there and using that. Having said that, It is still a different country, and I haven't though about this much before, lol. As far as I'm aware you can use a US/Canadian car in the UK for a few months until you're forced to register it in this country with the DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency), but again, different countries have different licensing laws I guess
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Old 02-14-2007, 04:09 PM   #3
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I don't see any problem with that, and don't know why the cops would hassle you. If you're worried contact your DMV though. They will know for sure.
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:45 PM   #4
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I would ask a cop to make sure. But sweet deal on getting to drive an awsome car for a year
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:50 AM   #5
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I would ask a cop to make sure. But sweet deal on getting to drive an awsome car for a year
better to do what giant016 says
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as long as you want, until the cops stop you, i beleive you get three months legally, and then you have to have 2 inspections done. 1 will be an out of state inspection apparently ONLY canadian tire can do that inspection and then an out of province, crappy tire should be able to do that too, if the car doesnt have daytime running lights, being sold in america it probably wont, youll have to have that installed to pass inspection, you also need a proper km/h speedo if it is a current vehicle, ask a licensed inspection facility for all the details of bringing american cars into canada, they'll be happy to tell you all about it and alberta will be happy to rip your butthole for 2 inspections at 200$ a piece. this province blows, no wonder we have all the money in the country.
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as long as you want, until the cops stop you, i beleive you get three months legally, and then you have to have 2 inspections done. 1 will be an out of state inspection apparently ONLY canadian tire can do that inspection and then an out of province, crappy tire should be able to do that too, if the car doesnt have daytime running lights, being sold in america it probably wont, youll have to have that installed to pass inspection, you also need a proper km/h speedo if it is a current vehicle, ask a licensed inspection facility for all the details of bringing american cars into canada, they'll be happy to tell you all about it and alberta will be happy to rip your butthole for 2 inspections at 200$ a piece. this province blows, no wonder we have all the money in the country.
Most cars built after like 2000 have day time running lights here in US. What year is the Lotus? I bet it has them...
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Most cars built after like 2000 have day time running lights here in US. What year is the Lotus? I bet it has them...
I think the first year for the Elise in North America was 2005, so it should have them. It should also have km/h as well as mph.
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I think the first year for the Elise in North America was 2005, so it should have them. It should also have km/h as well as mph.
Yea, I think it should be fine in both ways. All the cars we own have km/h and mph.
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Old 02-15-2007, 08:11 AM   #10
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Thats the thing - Transport Canada says the Elise is not allowed here at all.

This is BS - they selling the same car in Toronto for $65000.00 CAD. The US has them going for $40000.00. That is way too much of a mark up.
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All cars have MPH and kph (all cars I've seen anyways), depending on the country the car is from originally, either the MPH will be larger, or the kph (like here it'll be the MPH that's larger, and in the US I guess it'll be the same?....other way round in Canada though). I also forgot to mention what Banff has stated already, that obviously regulations will be quite different from country to country.

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Thats the thing - Transport Canada says the Elise is not allowed here at all.

This is BS - they selling the same car in Toronto for $65000.00 CAD. The US has them going for $40000.00. That is way too much of a mark up.
I am a little confused by this. Are you saying that you already knew it wasn't allowed in the country? Or have you just received this information?
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:14 PM   #12
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This is BS - they selling the same car in Toronto for $65000.00 CAD. The US has them going for $40000.00. That is way too much of a mark up.
I might be wrong here, but I doubt you can get an Elise for sticker. Also, with the CAD/$ conversion it wouldn't be that big a difference, even if you could get one for sticker.
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I might be wrong here, but I doubt you can get an Elise for sticker. Also, with the CAD/$ conversion it wouldn't be that big a difference, even if you could get one for sticker.
Actually, the exchange rate is only about $1.16 Canadian for $1 U.S. Cars are also more expensive here too...A decent 2004 G35 from autotrader.ca is about $28,000 while in Michigan they're about $20,000. The difference is about $5,000 (Canadian) though; far off from the $18,000 he says lol.
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All cars have MPH and kph (all cars I've seen anyways)
The new Pontiac Grand Prix has only MPH. First car I've seen that way.
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ive seen a few american cars that only had MPH speedo's, and no daytime running lights, built after 2000, so, nothing is set in stone, and i highly doubt you cant bring that car into the country, for what legal reason could you not? i am gunna look and see. i wouldnt be surprised, ive heard more ignorant thingss come out of transportation canada than that.
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