[Es2] importing car from canada problems

Kevin Kingan klkinc at gis.net
Mon Dec 6 16:46:38 EST 2004

I don't think getting the car into the US is the real problem.
The problem is getting it registered and titled!
I am not sure what the laws are in your state, I live in Mass(which is 
pretty strict when it comes to titles)
I brought a Canadian Spec Motorcycle in (Suzuki RG500 2 stroke) and had no 
problem getting it Registered and a title for it.
Now things might be different for bikes, but they both have to conform to 
DOT Standards, I know bikes do not have EPA(Emissions)requirements(Yet!) but 
considering that I brought a 2 stroke Streetbike in, a model that was never 
allowed in the US (because of Emissions) has to say something.
The Loophole that I found and used was this.
It was no problem as long as the car(bike) was registered in Canada.
In Canada they don't have titles (or they didn't then) all they have is a 
type of registration and all that I need to get a title in Mass was a copy 
of the bill of Sale and the Sellers Canadian Registration.
Well i submitted the 2 with an application for a title and in 3 weeks I had 
it , and never had any type of problem(I even sold it to a guy in CA and he 
had no problems).
So My advice is go to your Registry and ask them How would I register a car 
I bought in Canada, what do I need? I think that as long as the car was 
available here in the US and you don't say how and what do I have to do to 
convert it, who knows you might get lucky.
I Imported a few Euro Fords back in the "Grey Market days" when it was 
rather easy to get cars in, but with the current laws, if you have to Get 
EPA and DOT releases you might as well forget it.
Its somewhat possible but not very cost effective.
Good Luck and keep us posted
 Cheers from Boston

1988 Audi 90Q 2.3E Sport
1995 VW Jetta 2.0

| Message: 1
| Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 20:44:19 EST
| From: Elijahallen92 at aol.com
| Subject: Re: [Es2] importing car from canada problems
| To: desmo888 at comcast.net, Jimmy at texasbankers.com,
| davekase at pdqlocks.com
| Cc: es2 at audifans.com
| Message-ID: <90.52411a57.2ee27073 at aol.com>
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| OK, so this is getting ugly. How about bringing it in as an offroad
| vehicle?? Anyone have experiance with this? Isn't this cutoff point that 
all of  this
| matters 15 years? So after 15 years none of this matters?? Thanks for all 
| help, I really want to keep this car.
| Elijah
| In a message dated 12/3/2004 8:37:43 PM Eastern Standard Time,
| desmo888 at comcast.net writes:
| `When I  checked into it, it was a big deal.  It was not just adding the
| system  but having it approved by the higher powers.  In other words, a 
lot of
| official paperwork to show that the system was properly installed.
| Dave  K.
| ----- Original Message ----- 
| From:  Elijahallen92 at aol.com
| To: Jimmy at texasbankers.com ;  desmo888 at comcast.net ; davekase at pdqlocks.com
| Cc: es2 at audifans.com
| Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 7:59 PM
| Subject: Re:  [Es2] importing car from canada problems
| In a message dated  12/3/2004 8:27:02 AM Eastern Standard Time,
| Jimmy at texasbankers.com  writes:
| Don't folks bring in '92-'94 UrS4s all the  time?  I don't remember them
| having to add airbags.  Are these  restrictions new?  Perhaps they have 
| brought in UrS6s?  Perhaps  I have been asleep.  No matter what, it's 
likely that I
| don't know what  I'm talking about.
| Jimmy "likes the off-road vehicle idea  best" Pribble
| Jimmy,
| Thanks for the  encouragement. I sure hope there's a way around this but 
| it doesn't seem  like it. I will keep posting as I learn what has to 
| One thing no one  has mentioned is how hard it is to add an airbag system?
| Elijah
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