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Old 02-07-2014, 11:37 AM   #1
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Importing a salvage car?

hi, I'm looking at bringing over a car from the states that has a salvage title. I've been reading up on the topic a little bit. the car that would be imported is 24 years old, does anyone have any insight on the steps needed to do something like this? any feedback is appreciated
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:48 PM   #2
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Do you plan on attempting to certify it ?

If you have no plans to put it on the road then just bring it over
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:59 PM   #3
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if you're bringing it over for parts/track/etc its very simple. it will be branded as irreparable here too but doesn't matter
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:02 PM   #4
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If on the other hand you want to put it on the road. It better be one hell of a deal. Be prepared to spend some time and money.

It will require a structural inspection. You cannot drive it to the inspection. It must be towed. No you cannot put dealer plates or temp plates on it. If it fails I would imagine it's scrap. Once you get the structural then it needs to be safetied, etc.
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Old 02-07-2014, 04:11 PM   #5
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thanks for the feedback , i forgot to mention its a rolling chassis! i'd be planning on making it road worthy as the damage to the vehicle is repairable. it is really is a good deal, from what i've seen. does anyone know if it's even possible to import a rolling chassis?
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Old 02-07-2014, 04:15 PM   #6
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You can import it all you want. Getting it back on the road is the tough part.

Customs doesn't care if it has an engine. They only care about the VIN.
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Old 02-07-2014, 04:37 PM   #7
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fair enough, i appreciate the input! how would i go about the whole import process, im a little bit in the dark when it comes to that part!
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Old 02-07-2014, 04:39 PM   #8
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are you bringing it up yourself ? It's 24 years old; right ? In which case just go get it and declare it at customs. You do need to tell the US side you are exporting it 72 hours in advance. riv.ca has details about the export process. You do not need to do the riv thing on the way in
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^^are you sure?

afaik you still gotta do/pay the RIV when you cross, just there's no requirements (you fill out RIV form 1, but you're except from the requirements).

Also a birdie told me that the CBSA doesn't actually give a shit if you get the stamp on the title from the US export side.


you'll want to check that its branded as salvage in ontario after its imported, not irrepaireable.

if its salvage then it will just have to go through the usual inspections. if its irrepairable you can not put it back on the road, period.
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^^^ We've had this discussion before and I think you are right.

And yes they do not look at the stamp from the US.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:24 PM   #11
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You will also NEED the original appraisal from the insurance when it was branded. Your life will be a nightmare without it, and will have to somehow get it...Unless its an E30 M3 shell, there is almost no point in doing this...
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:32 PM   #12
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thanks for all the replies, im slowly figuring everything out!
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:33 PM   #13
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You will also NEED the original appraisal from the insurance when it was branded. Your life will be a nightmare without it, and will have to somehow get it...Unless its an E30 M3 shell, there is almost no point in doing this...
thats why i want to go through all of this, because it is! im pretty sure the person im purchasing this from has the appraisal so ill make sure to get it from him.
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