Importing a Toyota Diesel From Canada

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I have now three different Toyota Cruisers from Canada to the one I wanted. I should state a that I am in no way claiming expertise, nor a that anything will go for you it did for me. If you read all this you will see is a lot of variation from vehicle to in the process, and I am not sure why. I heard horror stories of process going awry and having their vehicles and destroyed at their own cost, so sure you don’t cut any corners. note that I only experience in California, other DMVs may be different. In this is a little story about import. At the end I list all the costs. and basic procedure.

I bought an BJ70 in Sept ’04 off (from David Zondag eBay handle nushuuz2000 which I would not recommend read on). David the vehicle to me in San Francisco as he was buying a down here, this all great and he assured me that was totally fine and he would the infamous Toyota Letter. no He arrived without the letter, but he me he would send it down as as he got it, and gave me a money back that I could register the Also of note when we did the he took half of the title it says is for the seller so I thought it was I took it all down to my local DMV and walked out of there with and reg stickers good for a year. said however that my and final reg would not come for up to 90 while DMV central processed it.

90 days to the day I received a letter the DMV in Sacramento HQ that I needed to the Toyota letter of compliance or Registered Importer docs and Import Summary. And by the way that I was half of the title. I contacted the who was very quick to say that it was not a but that basically I was on my own as I now owned the and that I should get the letter Toyota. I had already tried and all the other efforts to get this and my only hope was an importer. finding an importer that touch it was near impossible. I got the name of Wayne Darby at (Chevrolake motorcars in Vancouver BC from one of the generous members of the forum. He said he could do it in a hours no problem. Just it by. He could not do it remotely, it had to go through the legally which David had not This meant I had to drive all the way to and back to re-import this Crap.

So my fiancé and I decided to make a of it between X-mas and New Years and snowboards etc. We had 5 days for the Of course the weather shut every major mountain that week and we had to do a 2 day diversion out to 101 and up the coast killing any chance of time, and make for 5 days of knuckle driving in the pouring on coast roads. (She is trying to forgive me). did a great job and even though a lot of his was out that week he processed us and had us out the in a couple hours. We drove through the border without any at customs at all. (you to go through the commercial gate all the semis East of the Peace gate)

I faxed all this in to the DMV after returning, and after a of back and forths where I to include the customs summary and a form about the other half of the title, they said I was approved and would get my next week. Which did when they said. whole process took 6 months and I am now on a first name with the DMV Technical Compliance staff.

On a side note I also David, the seller, to tell him I went through and asked his money back guarantee if he would cover my importation I figured this was fair as I on about $1000 in the costs of the alone. His response was for me to screw and that he would not respond to any emails. I would highly NOT dealing with him as he continues to Cruisers on eBay.

In stark to the BJ70 import, importing vehicle was as simple as it gets. I this one in Quebec and had it delivered to me in CA. I had it by Susan at JR Imports in Plattsburgh NY They handled all the paperwork and The delivery took about two longer than expected but was due to the trucking co. The interesting thing did happen was a big difference at the DMV. time about three ladies came over to out the person who was helping me. She also think she needed a copy of all my docs. I assured her that she and she made a copy, and this instead of getting plates, she me a temporary reg sticker for my back Incredibly, I received the title, and reg in about two weeks!

For this one I through Trevor at Flatwater as I knew he had successfully imported IH8Mud.com forum member’s HJ, and someone with specific with this model importers had told me you could not this model). Interestingly one of the things Trevor asked me for was the VIN so he could run it to be sure it was importable. He he had come across ones were rejected for some due to the VIN. I suppose these Japanese but I am not sure.

This when I went to drive one across I got a call from the RI me they had just instituted the new bar code system and I would one to cross the border. I had to make calls, and many excuses to the at the border to get one on the spot, they are issued well in advance. sure you ask about this importing.

This time when I to the DMV I walked out with plates and reg for a whole year. (still reg though) Its very odd how each I go to the same DMV I get a different process.

I my registration in the mail for my HJ60 40 days after going to the I did get a letter back from the CA DMV at 30 saying they wanted the letter. I sent them of the EPA and NHTSA docs (which I did not get the RI in my packet. I contacted Trevor for and he had them faxed to me on the next day.) I faxed these the the DMV and called the next day to confirm seems to be critical if you want done in a timely manner) and issued the reg the next day, and I got it a few later.

I still dont what the correct way to deal the PAPS process is that into effect March 05 at the BC for driving across. Trevor (my RI) may now how to do this correctly, you WILL a PAPS bar code to drive so make sure you ask about it and it sorted. This system supposedly made it ILLEGAL for the (who is Canadian) to drive down to me, so I had to pick it up (not if this is really the case You should make arrangements customs agents (and get a and what hours and days work) BEFORE you get to the gate to get PAPS code. This totally halted my delivery and I had to to the Customs supervisor for quite a to get a one time exemption. Hopefully will have the correct way to do sorted out soon.

The process in a that I have learned:

If you are looking to by a Diesel Cruiser 25 years old (over 25yrs old you have to do any of this stuff) are the basic steps:

1. Make the Cruiser you are getting is a Canadian vehicle, not an import from country into Canada. The Hand Drive, factory motors and or being later 1987 is generally a good tip If you want to import one of these type of imports I don’t any experience.

2. Locate a Registered with experience in diesel Cruisers at the port of entry you are This is actually not too easy as it out, the RI list on line is out of and almost none of them touch a diesel Cruiser. I easily over 100 calls my list below )

3. The RI should you with the following:

— A of compliance they apply to the frame

— EPA Declaration of

— DOT Bond to ensure with Federal Motor Standards (NHTSA)

— A of the Registered Importer Policy to and Guarantee Financial Responsibility to Safety Related Defects and Non

— A copy of the Customs Summary (this you will get at he if you yourself drive it across)


The should supply you with:

The complete title signed to you with both halves

A signed and dated bill of with their address and (that matches the title) and the of the sale.

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4. Once you buy the Cruiser it now has to get the border. (See my note on the HJ about the new PAPS process .) You can buy registration and insurance at offices all British Columbia for the drive I would receommend buying at a 30 day permit to give you plenty of to set things up in your state insurer may not insure the vehicle you have final registration). you have it across and all the paperwork and you go to the DMV. (Note that the importers had some of this mailed to them and may take a few for you to get it all, the importer should be to advise you, but you will it all at the California DMV)

5. The DMV visit has two components, an inspection and the part. First you need an and at my DMV all you do is drive up outside to the inspection (no need to wait in line and they come out and inspect it. your paperwork with but I think they only the title for this part. may not get that it’s a diesel and you may to point that out. will write down off the placard on the firewall etc. and send you in to the office.

Here you in line with your and then you will likely be met all kinds of confusion. You just telling them that it is a (so they don’t need a cert) and that its from which is why the title looks Make sure they a copy of all your paperwork make sure you keep a They will need the title though so make a of that before going. should send you out with at a temporary reg, make its for at least 90 days (they likely try and give you only 30

6. With your temporary you can now get insurance. I ran into a snag as AAA said they could not a car with only temporary I faxed them a letter all my Import Documentation and they insured the vehicle.

7 . Wait. You may get a back from the technical division asking for something you if so fax it in and call to confirm they got it.

Importers. This is a list of I have now dealt with, and to know what they are as well as a general idea of the I have paid:

Trevor Normand of Flatwater in BC — 250-862-0897

Wayne at CARCO — Chevrolake in Vancouver BC 604-273-2438

Susan at JR in Plattsburgh NY — 518-562-3947

$ Registered Import fee (this can $100 in either direction)

$ Processing fee

$ 31.50 GST on RI fee only

$ Duty on selling price by US Customs

$ 7.75% CA use tax on purchase

Note: The infamous Toyota — As referenced in this refers to a letter of conformity to American Standards that should be able to supply to this whole process go as as silk. Toyota WILL NOT you this letter as near as I, or I have spoken with can They will take order for the letter, and if it ever it will say that the vehicle to saftey but it is not proven to conform to EPA is a lie, its just that wont stand behind it for reason unknown to all). So your dad owns Toyota, I not recommend even trying. customs brokers, the DMV, and the US border guards will you you can get this letter. They have not tried with with other manufaccturers may be trivial, I dont know.

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