When you purchase a vehicle from another province through a dealer, the dealer has to pay shipping costs which are passed on to you.
Also, there may be a cost when it comes to transferring the ownership title and registration over to the province you live in.
6. It’s Hard to Tell the Condition of the Vehicle
Lastly, it’s important to note that it can be different to determine the condition of the car if you can’t see it in person.
If you can’t travel to check out the vehicle you intend on purchasing, make sure you get a full history report that includes the car’s accident history, any money owed on the vehicle (i.e., liens), and if there are any safety recalls that have not been fixed.
Also, have the seller send you as many interior and exterior photos and videos of the car as possible.
You should also have a thorough inspection done and acquire a safety certification from a licensed mechanic.
How to Import a Vehicle From Another Province
If all of this sounds good to you, and you have found your dream car in another province, here are the steps you must follow to purchase that car:
Ensure that the seller (whether it is a dealership or private seller) has everything in place to sell the car out-of-province.
Contact your province’s VRA (Vehicle Registration Authority) to make sure you have all the information and documents you need to make the purchase.
Find out the condition of the vehicle by having the owner inspect it before you buy it.
Negotiate the price of the car and look into any additional discounts apply because you are importing the vehicle from another province.
Make sure the payment is made safely through a secure means.
Check the seller’s ownership and registration against a government-issued ID to ensure you are not being scammed.
Sign the necessary paperwork and pay the seller.
Finally, have the car picked up or shipped to you!
The Pros and Cons Of Importing a Vehicle
Although buying a car from another province may seem like a hassle, it can be a great way to get the car you want!
If the car of your dreams is not available in your own province, you’ll have a better chance of acquiring it through another province.