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post #1 of 22 Old 10-23-2007, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a Wee Stateside

Hey Everyone,

I'll be picking up a Wee this spring. I'm hoping to be able to buy new in the States. The price difference is just too big to ignore.

Has anyone here had experience with this?

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post #2 of 22 Old 10-23-2007, 05:11 PM
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Hey Everyone,

I'll be picking up a Wee this spring. I'm hoping to be able to buy new in the States. The price difference is just too big to ignore.

Has anyone here had experience with this?

DrNick
I bought my wee used in Michigan this spring and imported into Canada, saving about $2000. It is a relatively painless procedure once you know the rules.
I got all the information I needed from a sticky on the GTAMotorcycle.com
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http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/vbforum...ead.php?t=1038

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post #3 of 22 Old 10-23-2007, 07:45 PM
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Just brought mine home yesterday -- tomorrow I get a temporary permit, with the registration being completed next week. Hopefully we get some good weather in the next little bit. In case your interested in the details:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...romZR40QQfviZ1

There is some friggin around but, if you don't put a high value on your time, it can totally be worthwhile...
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Go for it pal.We've been paying too much for everything for too long.The Lemon Aid editor was being critisized in some Can. papers last week for suggesting that Canadians should buy our cars from the US.with the recent dollar value change ,so I would definitely agree the same should apply to bikes and other vehicles.The money you save on the purchase could be applied to the stupid @#%%$^! insurance rates here in the good ole North!!!! By the way, let me know where I can get a better rate.I pay close to a grand per year with a very clean record and a high deduct.Too bad that didn't go down with the dollar.
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yeah I have imported bikes from the US. Hell even when our dollar was 40% lower it was still worth it for some bikes. Follow the steps outlined on the gta site, and go to www.riv.ca for more deatil. Just be aware that the office in customs on both sides that you need to talk to only work mon-fri 8-4. if you try come accross on a weekend you will have a long wait until monday morning.
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Great! So far so good.

I have some more questions for those that have done it:

1. How much duty did you have to pay?
2. The RIV site says something about presenting the bike and the paperwork to US Customs 72 hours before entering Canada. Does tha mean I have to find a place to store the bike near the US border for three days?
3. How much does the inspection (thoe one done at Canadian Tire) cost?

Thanks!

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Hi Nick

I'm in the final throws of writing a blow by blow description of my importing experience. I figured it would be informative. It was easy and relatively quick. As for duty, this was a sticky point. I had heard from a friend that there was a 6.1% japanese import tax. But another buddy paid nothing.

I called the border and the first agent I spoke with said there was NO DUTY on japanese motorcycles (I took down his badge number (they won't give you their name for security reasons).

I then called a few day later and the officer that answered wasn't positive but thought there was a duty. He went to check the regulations. Sure enough he said it WAS duty free also (I took his badge number

When I reached the border with the bike the agent was about to charge me, but before I could produce my badge numbers and argue she changed her mind. She told me the ONLY things from Japan that are duty exempt are bikes. Everything else, ATVs, cars, etc. are charged. So when a customs officers sees the "J" at the start of the VIN their reflex is to think DUTY. So the moral is call the border to confirm no duty and get badge numbers just in case.

As for storing your bike. You don't unless you hit the border and the title didn't get to US customs 72 hours earlier. The title is really the only important document that can screw your importation.

The fee to bring the bike across is $207 and it includes the $25 fee to have it inspected at Canadian Tire.

I should have my write up posted in the next few days.

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Great! So far so good.

I have some more questions for those that have done it:

1. How much duty did you have to pay?
2. The RIV site says something about presenting the bike and the paperwork to US Customs 72 hours before entering Canada. Does tha mean I have to find a place to store the bike near the US border for three days?
3. How much does the inspection (thoe one done at Canadian Tire) cost?

Thanks!

Nick
1. I paid NO duty for my bike but I can't remember the reason why. (Was it because it was used? Or because although the bike is made in Japan, it is for the American market?) You will however have to pay 6% GST at the Canadian border. You'll pay the provincial tax when you go to have the title put in your name at the Ministry of Transportation.

2. You fax copies of only the paperwork to the US Customs 72 hours ahead of time. You need the Title, Registration and the Bill of Sale. The owner of the bike can give you copies physically or fax them to you.
The bike itself is only presented 72 hours later when you are ready to cross the border.

Then additionally for the Canadian Customs, you will need a Recall Clearance Letter (from Suzuki in California, NOT from a dealer) and the original Manufactureres Statement of Compliance Label must still be on the bike. That's just a sticker that has the US Saftey compliance information on it. Make sure it is there as some owners desticker their bikes never thinking about selling the bike out of the country.

3. The Canadian Tire federal government safety inspection is included in the $200 RIV fee. After you cross successfully with the bike, you have to wait to receive a Form #2 in the mail (took about two weeks), at which time you can make your appointment at CT and present the bike with the form.
My inspection took all of 3 minutes, no exaggeration. It didn't even come off the trailer. They wanted to see the Compliance Label, that the lights came on all the time and that there were kilometers on the speedo. (Of course there were also miles and kilometres were smaller but that was OK.)
You'll receive in the mail, later, a new Canadian sticker that is supposed to be stuck over the American one. It's pretty tacky, ugly and I just saved mine in a fireproof box and didn't stick it on the bike.

Here is the info you need to get a Recall Clearance Letter from Suzuki's Head Office in California.

Fax them copies of the Title (from the previous American owner) and Bill of Sale (to you), ask for a Recall Clearance Letter and provide a Fax # for the Recall Letter to be sent to (much faster that way).

Fax to American Suzuki Motor Corporation
Attention: Christine Burcar
Re:Recall Clearance Letter
Fax # 714-577-9525

This info should be current as I just did this in March 07.

Good Luck!

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There's no duty on motorcycles, regardless of point of origin, because there are not any motorcycle manufacturers here in Canada...
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There's no duty on motorcycles, regardless of point of origin, because there are not any motorcycle manufacturers here in Canada...
Ahhh yes, I knew there was a reason. I just couldn't remember what it was. Thanks.

I hope Roadane in BC is reading this. Go get that duty back!

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