At Art Gamblin Motors we have sold and delivered over 3,000 vehicles all over the United States and throughout the World. Buying a pre-owned vehicle for many is a very stressful time and if you are planning on buying a vehicle far away even more so. With so many of our customers buying cars from Canada we have compiled a step by step process that will make your experience enjoyable.
We are excited to assist you in your next vehicle purchase! We have done our homework and are prepared to answer ANY questions that you may have. We will make your next purchase as smooth as possible.
Step-by-Step – Art Gamblin Motors to Canada
A guide to streamlining your automobile purchase
- Make a decision on exactly which vehicle is for you. Make sure the vehicle is admissible and can be modified to meet Canadian requirements by checking the Transport Canada’s List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States http://www.riv.ca/vehicleadmissibility.aspx.
- Contact Art Gamblin Motors regarding the vehicle you have chosen. See if it is in-stock, if not, Art Gamblin Motors will get the vehicle for you and will hold the vehicle with a minimal non-refundable deposit.
- Complete all paperwork regarding the sale; arrange payment, and vehicle pickup time.
- Following this, you will receive the vehicle title, bill of sale, sales receipts, and recall clearance letter http://www.riv.ca/recallclearance.aspx. This will be provided by Art Gamblin Motors
- When you receive this information, you will need to fax in a copy of your driver’s license, the bill of sale, and the vehicle title to the US border crossing which you intend to cross. This needs to be done at least 72 hours before you intend to cross.
For the Blaine/Pacific Highway Peace Arch Call 360-332-2632 Fax: 360-332-2639 Hours: 8:00AM – 3:30PM Monday-Friday
Oreville Area Port/Osoyoos Call 509-476-2955
Sumas/Huntingdon Call 360-988-2971
- Arrange for insurance on the vehicle.
· New vehicles will not be exported to Canada or any foreign country.
· Any GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles for the USA will not qualify for certification in Canada
· Pre-owned vehicles will not qualify for GM Canada warranty work until after 7,500 miles (12,000 Kilometers) and six months since US in-service date has occurred.
- Now it is time to schedule an appointment and make the drive to Art Gamblin Motors in Enumclaw, Washington. When you arrive, verify that the VIN on the bill of sale matches the one on your vehicle. Also, make sure that there is a North American compliant sticker on the vehicle. This is usually located on the beam of the driver’s door. Ask an Art Gamblin Motors representatives if you need assistance.
- Drive to the US border crossing that you faxed your information to, and identify yourself with your passport and driver’s license. They will check the vehicle title, bill of sale, and the VIN number on the vehicle. Officials will stamp your vehicle’s title to release it to Canadian customs.
- Stop at Canadian customs, again identifying yourself with driver’s license and passport. Inform them you are importing the vehicle. They will have you pull in and park to go fill out Vehicle Import Form 1. (Which they provide)
- You will then have to pay your RIV fee. ($195+GST[6%]) + $100 fee if you vehicle has Air Conditioning, a possible emissions exercise and possible duty if the vehicle was not built in North America. Please have your Credit Card in hand for this step, as Canadian Border Patrol does not accept checks or cash.
- When payment has been made, they will verify your insurance, stamp your Vehicle Import Form 1 and you will be allowed to pass through.
- Within 10 days of submitting Vehicle Import Form 1 at the border, Canadian customs will send you Vehicle Import Form 2 – Federal Inspection.
- You have 45 days from the day that you submitted to get any necessary modifications done to your vehicle, and have it inspected.
- When you bring the vehicle to get inspected, bring all supporting documents with you such as title, bill of sale, Vehicle Import Form 1, Vehicle Import Form 2 and the outstanding recall letter.
- When the vehicle passes the inspection, they will put a sticker on the driver’s side door frame stating that your vehicle is Canadian Safety compliant. They will fill out your Vehicle Import Form 2 and provide you with all of the necessary paperwork to register the vehicle in your province.
- You can now take it right over to your provincial vehicle licensing office along with all of the paperwork you’ve accumulated to get it registered. There you will pay the provincial sales tax on the sale price of the vehicle.
Non Washington State Resident
If you are not a Washington State Resident you will not have to pay Washington State Sales Tax.
An exemption of Washington State Sales Tax will be allowed if the customer can provide:
1. A copy of a valid out-of-state driver’s license
2. A copy of any of the following documents
a. A current residential rental agreement
b. A property tax statement from the current or previous year
c. A utility bill, date within the previous two months
d. A state income tax return from the previous year
e. A voter registration card
f. A current credit report
3. A witnessed declaration, signed by the customer, and stating that the customer’s purchase meets the requirements of the exemption.
(Term non-resident does not include: Persons who maintain residences in more than one state, if one of the states is Washington; or Persons who live in Washington and intend to reside in another state, but who have not established residence in that state)
After getting your new vehicle to Oregon, you will need an emissions test called a DEQ before you go to the DMV.
The Customer will be responsible for finding a local DMV to use for the titling process. Art Gamblin Motors will send the Title to the specified DMV. Once the Title has arrived at the DMV the customer will need to bring Art Gamblin Motors purchase order, proof of insurance and the DEQ result to the DMV. The DMV may require the customer to have a vin check done. You can get the form off the website for the Oregon DMV (http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/). The customer will also need to get the application for registration and title at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV. Once at the DMV the customer will be responsible to pay a title, registration and plates fee.