Moving from Washington State to California State is pretty easy. You can send some things through ground shipping and take a quick flight or you can haul your belongings behind your car or truck down the Pacific coast. Moving from the United States to Canada, on the other hand, is a little more complicated. While the US and Canada share a very long border—and many cultural aspects—they are still two different countries and that means relocation is basically an act of immigration.
And because of that, the things you bring with you across the border is, technically an act of import. This includes the car you drive; and so when you are planning your trip, you should look into car importing to Canada with Clearit.ca.
VEHICLE IMPORT INSPECTION
Of course, most people who move to Canada, from any country, are likely not registered as an international importer. But when you try to bring something as valuable as a vehicle across the border—with the intent of permanent relocation—you will have to deal with the appropriate international customs agencies to accommodate all import regulations. And this means your vehicle will be subject to an authorized inspection as required by the Canadian Motor Vehicles Safety Act and described in the Canadian Registrar of Motor Vehicles. This will help to ensure that your vehicle satisfies Canadian motor vehicle operation restrictions and safety guidelines. If your car does not meet the requirements, though, you might have to make some modifications before you can receive entry authorization.
Basically, if you bought your car in the United States, it can probably be registered in Canada. Those US-based vehicles which do not pass the inspection the first time probably only need a small modification or perhaps a restoration.
That said, these vehicles are generally not allowed for import to Canada:
- A vehicle that has been lengthened
- A vehicle that has been stressed in any way
- A vehicle that was originally assembled by more than one manufacturer
- A vehicle that has been modified with a lift kit
- A vehicle that has been converted to three wheels (from two wheels)
- A van that has a modified or a raised roof
- A van that has a modified interior
You must also remember, however, that not every vehicle is allowed for import to Canada, whether you pay the taxes and fees or not.