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Old 12-19-2011, 03:00 PM
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Crossing US/Canada Border With Oil

Well, the prices for oil here in Canada seem astronomical and seem much more reasonable only 30 minutes away, so I ask the .org; how much can I purchase in the US and bring back over the border in a day?

Edit, Oil and maybe some other auto parts.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:38 PM
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If I was you I would get the Rotella T6 at the closest US Wallmart and not even say anything when going back accross the border. Trust me when I say they arnt looking for oil even if they searched your car. I get mine for (US) $20something cant remember the exact price sorry.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:29 PM
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Awesome, will most Wally Worlds carry it in stock on a regular basis? And what about Motocraft filters?

Edit: spelling.
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Filters: maybe. Oil: yes! I think I get it at $17 and change.
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Well, the prices for oil here in Canada seem astronomical and seem much more reasonable only 30 minutes away, so I ask the .org; how much can I purchase in the US and bring back over the border in a day?

Edit, Oil and maybe some other auto parts.
AFAIK, you are 'technically' not allowed to bring anything back 'tax free' on a day trip, but most of the time they don't really care as long as it is a reasonable amount of stuff. I always declare my stuff as it really is not worth being red flagged at the border!! It is usually hit and miss and I have just been waved through with over $300 of stuff, yet sent in for tax with $50 in goods. I don't take any chances with the border guys, just really not worth the hassle. I found that I just put all of my receipts in my passport and hand it to the CBSA guy in the booth and usually they just wave me through.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:53 PM
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i just got motorcraft filters at wally world $18.00 each
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Where are you crossing? I cross several times a year in Detroit and have never been questioned for fluids I always carry on roadtrips. I always have at least 2 gallons of oil 1 gallon of coolant and misc other stuff. Sometimes even filters. The Canadian side has never questioned or even looked for it. Just don't have a full truck load and you should be fine. Or just make a friend and change the oil in the states before you go home.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:46 AM
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Just bring some catch cans with you and do it on the US side, get rid of the oil at Autozone, etc, and bring the empty catch cans home with you. Is there really that much price difference north of the border.

Oh ya, I have always been able to get the filter at wally world. Though, for your next trip it might be a good idea to get 2, just in case they don't have one on future trips.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:17 PM
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There is a MASSIVE difference up here. Rotella T6 or Premium Blue (not Extreme, just PBlue) will run me $40.00 plus tax for a jug of it and filters I'm looking at $30.00 plus tax. It's insane...
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That is a pretty significant difference in price. I pay between 20-25 a gallon for the oil and around 17-18 for the filter. That does add up. I would make the drive and change it on the US side if I were close enough.

I don't know what that works out to with the exchange rate either.
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