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Importing a car from Canada: instructions

Are you looking to treat yourself to a beautiful American but you can’t find what you’re looking for in the USA? All is not lost! You can also import a car from Canada. If you’re wondering how to go about it, Easy Import Auto gives you all the keys to turn your dream into reality. 

If we naturally turn to the US market to treat ourselves to a beautiful American, we too often forget our northern neighbor. And that’s a shame, because the Canadian market is a veritable gold mine for American vehicle enthusiasts. You can find almost all models at very attractive prices. Especially since at the moment, the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar and the euro is more than advantageous (1 euro = 1.54 Canadian dollars on the day of publication of the article). But you still need to know where to look… and how to import a car from Canada.

Importing a car from Canada: where to find the rare pearl?

The easiest way to comb through the Canadian auto market is to browse the classified ads on the Internet. But beware of online scams, because there are many of them! To limit the risks, we have compiled our best addresses on the web for you.

If you’re looking for a professional seller in Canada, look for these two platforms that are known for their reliability:

Among the websites offering offers from both professionals and individuals, here are our recommendations:

A word of advice: don’t hesitate to scour the Facebook Marketplace, it’s probably the best place to find a beautiful American in Canada. And if you have difficulty communicating with the seller, or if you have doubts about the reliability of an offer, don’t hesitate to call on a specialized company like EASY IMPORT AUTO, which has the advantage of having French-speaking teams and being located in Montreal. She will be able to support you from the search phase, to put all the chances on your side to find the car you have been fantasizing.

Essential checks before buying a car in Canada

Once you have found the object of your desire, you will have to carry out checks to ensure that the car is in line with the advertisement. And for that, unless you know someone you trust in Canada, we advise you to go through a professional.

With EASY IMPORT AUTO, you have no chance of falling into the traps set by unscrupulous sellers! The company will start by verifying in detail the identity of the merchant, as well as the seriousness of its advertisement. She will then proceed to check the vehicle’s official documents, and review its history on Carfax Canada.

For even more peace of mind, EASY IMPORT AUTO offers an optional complete inspection of the car before purchase. Regardless of where the vehicle is located in Canada, experts will travel to inspect it in detail. History of damage and accidents, condition of the bodywork and paintwork, condition of the underbody, presence of leaks, condition of tires and rims, operation of the engine… Nothing is left to chance. Once this step is completed, the buyer receives dozens of photos and videos of the different parts of the vehicle to ensure that it corresponds to the offer posted online. If this is the case, EASY IMPORT AUTO will pay the seller itself, before repatriating the vehicle to its Quebec warehouse where you will have 30 days of free storage.

Importing a car from Canada: Transporting it to Europe

For the transport stage to Europe, you will have no choice but to call on a specialist such as EASY IMPORT AUTO. It’s the guarantee of reliable and fast shipping to Europe (only 14 days at sea), all for the very affordable sum of 1,690 euros per vehicle transported from Montreal. And for the more cautious, know that it is possible to purchase optional marine insurance at this stage of the process (you never know!).

Note that for Canadians moving to Europe, EASY IMPORT AUTO also provides car moving from Canada.

Essential administrative procedures

But where EASY IMPORT AUTO will be of great help to you is when the vehicle arrives in Europe. In particular, it will take care of all the administrative procedures necessary to obtain the car’s customs clearance certificate (customs fees, payment of the import tax). This document is essential to subsequently register the vehicle in Europe.

If you have subscribed to the turnkey option, EASY IMPORT AUTO will deliver your new “toy” to your home. But be careful, you will still have a few steps to take before getting behind the wheel. First of all, you will have to homologate your car, as North American standards differ from European regulations. Even if Canadian cars have the advantage of having km/h meters, which makes homologation easier than American cars displaying “miles per hour”, it is very likely that you will have to make some modifications to your vehicle.

Again, if you don’t feel like tearing your hair out, you can call on EASY IMPORT AUTO. The company offers a comprehensive homologation service that will save you a lot of time. It includes modifications of elements that do not comply with European standards, UTAC tests, technical inspection, inspection by the DRIEE or the DREAL, as well as the approval on an isolated basis (RTI).

Finally, once you have completed all these steps, you will be able to apply for your provisional WW license plates. This certificate, valid for four months, allows you to drive in France while waiting for your final registration document. To obtain the latter, you will need to present an identity document, the invoice for the purchase of the vehicle, the customs clearance certificate, the application for a registration certificate, the Canadian registration certificate, proof of address, a copy of your driver’s license, a certificate of insurance and the report of the receipt on a single basis.

Importing a car from Canada: now is the perfect time to take action!

With the current exchange rate, buying a car in Canada is extremely attractive. For example, you can find a 2018 Ford Mustang for $16,000 CAD, which equates to just over $10,000. This is unheard of!

Mustangs aren’t the only models to target right now. There are a multitude of good deals on such mythical cars as the Ford F150 and Dodge RAM pickups, or the unmissable Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Camaro, or Dodge Challenger muscle cars.

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