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Old 06-13-2012, 09:43 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Ya I did actually talk to someone about why they weren't allowed to be sold in the USA, not brand new anyway. I think for the most part Canadian emissions standards will be close the Fed standards. But lots of other things can get tricky. A few years ago a lot of people were buying newer Corvettes in the States and bringing them up here. Did you know that Corvettes have different bumpers between Canada and the US? Well neither did a lot of the people that bought them - so when it came time to register them up here they had to get "Canadian Crash Standard" bumpers put on their cars. That get's expensive real quick as you can imagine!

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Old 06-19-2012, 08:58 PM   #22 (permalink)
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It's true, that's why we get diesel Smart cars and you guys don't. I thought about exporting them down there as they are dirt cheap here (if you buy them from the east anyway). I still find it hard to believe that a 3 cylinder Mercedes diesel won't pass emissions in the states, but that's what I was told by The Man and who am I to argue??
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Not sure, I think the insight could get one of those stickers from a dealership, war wagon, you willing to do some digging for me?

I am mainly looking for Canuck vehicles north of MN though.
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Sorry, did you mean Insight or Smart car? Those links are fairly out of date, a lot has changed since '99. Back then for example, to ship stuff south it was supposed to have the door VIN sticker in place, so if a car had been in an accident and the door had been replaced, or the sticker was gone for some other reason, it was pretty much not going south. I don't think anyone does the emissions decals anymore, but it should also say that that letter from the manufacturer has to state that the vehicle has had all outstanding recalls performed on it as well. When a dealer ships south, the speedometer / odometer is supposed to be converted into miles, thought I don't know if a private buyer has to do that. There are a lot of rules, and if you want to make sure about the legallity of a certain make/model, there are companies around that do vehicle exportation for car dealers (high volume in other words), they will be able to tell you if the vehicle you want will be possible to import. I don't know this company, but it looks to be what they do. Even just reading over their site might be helpful. Cross Border Solutions
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Oh, and here is some fun from the EPA website:

"Importers need to verify whether the Canadian vehicle they are importing is identical to a U.S. certified version. For model year 2002 and beyond, the majority of Canadian vehicles are acceptable for importation into the U.S. without modification. There may be specific models that are Canadian-only packages that are not eligible for importation into the U.S. Any questions about Canadian-only models will be treated on a case-by-case basis. (Refer to options 2 and 3 below)."

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