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Re: [T3] Moving cars across the border


<x-flowed>PhilC=> protocol for sending a car across the border from Canada to the US?

I've bought a car (not a Type 3) in BC and driven it here. This involved getting temporary insurance, which in Canada is handled entirely by the provincial authorities. You may be surprised to learn that this is way simpler and cheaper than the US system. The Canadian equivalent of the title is handled by the same authorities, so it's a one-stop process and there are offices all over in cities, and the counter people deal with your sort of problem frequently. The insurance is good in the US as well, so it will get you all the way home. If you're having the car shipped it's even simpler, as you can skip the on-road insurance.

The car will be inspected at the border by US Customs. Old cars are not subject to duty. Do yourself a favor before you get there and detach all interior panels and open as many body cavities as is practical. When you park in the inspection area, open all doors and compartment lids yourself. Customs is looking for drugs and weapons, and they're not gentle about it. They don't care how hard anything is to replace, they will break anything they don't understand how to open, they will prevent you from being present at the inspection to help, and there is no restitution or even apology for damage. Carry as little cargo as possible in the car, as this adds hassle. Expect the border crossing to take three or four hours, more during busy times. Smaller border posts can be better or worse depending on the mood of the day. The treatment you receive will probably make you angry. Resist all temptation to speak your mind.

Steven Ayres, Prescott AZ
'66 KG1600

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