They charge you GST at the border, and then PST once you get Ontario ownership. Also theres a general processing tax or something of 200-400, can't remember. And A/C tax.
I bought mine used from texas, luckily they have temp status for their cars so I could drive it home without paying taxes.
Also legally you need an Ontario temp plate to drive it here during the time that it isn't registered here. I got away with using my texas dealer tag.
You won't pay 10-15k in taxes. 14%, plus small other taxes that won't add up to more than 1k. At 22,000 US it cost something like 3k in taxes out the door.
You need to forward the vin to the border crossing your bringing it accross, so they can monitor the vin for theft. May be different for new cars.
Once its across you need to bring it to a canadian tire to get it certified for it to be registered. They'll check stuff like daytime runnings, and other safety crap. I took mine to the one on the queensway near 427. The guy didn't even go out and look at the thing, peered out the window, check check sign. Sweet. Although I new a guy that was frequently registering there.
Also one thing thats very important. There is a list of vehicles that are exempt from being able to be imported for some reason. Don't remember the link. I'd check that because if you try to import anything on that list they'll kick ya in the *** and send you back on your way to the states. Theres only a few vehicles, few and far between. Only one I remember is chevy blazers late 90s to early 00, not that it matters.
Thanks, AvroAero ... that's very helpful info.
If I can find the truck I'm looking for in the US for no more than $40-50K, then I am looking at GST+PST of no more than $7K, which is a lot ... but even with the extra (max) $1K for handling, it would be a max of $8K. That is still less than the $10-15K difference in prices between the two countries.
And here's the thing: Presumably I would have to pay GST and PST in Canada, too, if I were to buy it here? So it isn't as if I am paying more
taxes ... just the same
taxes. So the bottom line is that in the end I would save the entire $10-15K of price differential. That's not too shabby.
I have actually looked at the list of what vehicles can be imported, and the Ford Super Duty is not
excluded ... so I'm OK on that front.
That's useful information about the "temp status" from the Texas dealer. Definitely convenient.
One question: did you have to pay sales taxes in Texas, when you bought it? Texas isn't a sales-tax-free state, and that's what I am concerned about
: paying both
US and Canadian taxes.
(If I pull this off I'll be sure to track down that Canadian Tire guy.)