Buying from a private seller in US
for all the experienced's out there.......please read through
I am Planning to buy a bike from a private seller in US.
after reading the extremlly helpful posts on " How to Import a New Bike from the USA (Step by step) FAQ " by fish_antlers, i understand that following are the steps I need to follow,
1. Send the three Documents to US Customs.
2. After 72 hours : Check with US Customes that the application has been processed
2. Goto US Customs with the paperwork and the bike.
3. Proceed to Canadian Customs - show them the money, they will give you form 1, which you fax to RIV and bring the bike to Canadian Tire for insepection.
any step/thing I am missing ?
now here are the questions:
As I am buying from private seller, how can I get a RECALL CLEARANCE letter?
Is this acceptable : a printout of a screenshot of the dealer’s internal dealer network system showing there are no recalls on your bike.
Insurance : Do I not need the bike on my name to get insurance AV45, what information do i need to provide while getting the APV45 insuance?
and do I get the insurance before going to US to Pick up the bike?
I am buying the bike for the south east corner of WA state : Is it ok if I go and pick up the bike in a trailer and pay the seller and on my way back then submit the paperwork with US Customs and store the bike in US for those 72 hours(Wait time). and then go back(after 72 hours) and take out the bike from storage and go through the US customs. keep in mind that I only have a hand written note(proof of sale) from the seller for the transportation and storage time(72 hours). Is that ok??
Do all Canadian Tire locations do that RIV check up?
waiting for input from all of you......
Last edited by dont't know; 10-14-2007 at 04:02 PM.
nobody is ready to help ?
It's sunny out, everyone is out riding. Give it more then 40 mins and I am sure someone will pipe up.
btw. it's Canadian TIRE.
Not wearing pants.
Skip step 1, 2...and the other step 2 you have there. Bike doesn't need to be in your name to get the ICBC binder, you just need the VIN.
3rd hit on Google. It seems to answer all your questions.
How can I check the accident histoy of a Bike/Vehicle in washington state?
i was told by the insurance that i deal with that i cant insure a vehicle that is not in my name.. no registration untill the bike gets the inspections....
i was told by CDN tire the guy stan at the hastings location. that i need to get a provincial inspection, for me its at carter honda....
now im not picking my bike up and bring it back here till tuesday, so is this true?? hes the only person to tell me that and iv been searching this exporting a bike to canada for a couple weeks now
i just bought a bike from states and bringing it back on tuesday, so i can keep u posted on what to do once i do it... but u can check from this website
BTW what kinda bike u buying??
call this number (360) 902-3770 they can assist you....
http://ronh2005.googlepages.com/howtoimportamotorcycle (look at this website this will help you).
youve checked with RIV if ur bike is able to imported
Originally Posted by dont't know
get the copy of a bill of sale and title faxed to you before you hand over the cash,most won't have a poblem with that as its not binding contract (that way the 72 hours is moot and you know it will clear u.s. customs. be very carefull of proper title .clean and clear title in the u.s. does not mean no lien and or not rebuilt..recall letter comes from the manufactor or a large dealership and it needs the trademark symbol of the brand on the letterhead(that tidbit is in the riv list of needs)
You can call any US dealer and get a recall clearance letter. I didn't get a written letter for the BMW I just imported. All I got was the recall inquiry screen printout with the dealer's stamp on it. That's all you need. Ask the dealer to fax you the recall inquiry printout before you go pick up the bike. If there are outstanding recalls, you would want to know before you buy the bike.
You don't need the bike in your name to get the binder of insurance or storage insurance. If your insurance person doesn't know that, go somewhere else. They obviously have no clue.
Also, the Form1 will be faxed to RIV by Customs. You don't need to fax that. However, you do need to fax in the Recall Clearance Letter/Printout. Otherwise they won't send you your inspection form.
I don't know if all Cdn Tire do Federal inspections. Pick up the phone and ask. The one on Marine and Heather is pretty good and know what they're doing. Go first thing in the morning is always the best.
Toryw, you don't need a provincial inspection for bikes. Whoever told you that is an idiot.
If you need a knowledgeable insurance person, call Ida at Westland Insurance (by the food court in Bental 1, next to Carlton Cards or something like that). Call her at 604-682-6115. She did all my insurance related stuff for 2 imports.
Not wearing pants.
1. The only case you'll need a provincial inspection is if the bike is salvaged.
2. Canadian Tire is under contract by the feds to do the federal inspection.
3. You don't need to deal with the RIV at customs; you can do it afterwards.
when i reach american border i need
Title, bill of sale, export vehicle/equiptment worksheet
when i reach canada
Title, bill of sale, recall clearance letter??
ya i didnt think i needed to do provincial inspection
this is my understanding of importing a motorcycle to Canada...
Any questions, call Blaine Border 360 332 2632
If you buy a used bike from USA, be carful and check if bike is clean/clear. Meaning call washington DOL - http://www.dol.wa.gov/ heres a phone number (360) 902-3770
They will assist you, give them the VIN of the BIKE, they will do the rest.
What You need... for USA border
1) Title in hand/certificate of ownership
When ur dealing with the seller, you get the TITLE transfered over to you (signed off to your name)
2) Bill of sale (mine was computer typed and written signatures SELLER & BUYER)
Get yourself and seller to come up with a bill of sale proving hes selling it to you.
3) Export Vehicle/equiptment Worksheet (Call Blaine border, ask for exporting motorcycle forms) Call the border at BLAINE TRUCK CROSSING ask them for forms you need to export motorcycle. On your way to look at the bike. Go get the forms in person at US Customs Border.
Fill out the "Export Vehicle/Equiptment worksheet"
What i did was fill at that out and i scanned all 3 of those forms and emailed it to US CUSTOMS. You can also Fax them in.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax - 360 332 2639
Try to get the "recall clearance letter" from you maker website, or call a dealership of the make of your bike and ask about it.
if you can make copies of everything, i made 2 copies of each and original (just in case)
Right after you do these 2 forms and purchased the Bike from the seller, try to fax or email them to USA CUSTOMS, just so u can get the process moving. the seller was nice enough to let me scan it all in and email it.
After you purchase the bike. (The guy was nice enough to let me leave the bike at his place). You Must give USA border 72 hours/3 working days notice. They will notify you when u can bring the bike accross the border to Export.
Your options are to either leave it at his place if you have that much trust in that person if he lets you. You can rent a storage space in USA.
ON THE WAY TO USA BORDER - 3 working days is up - Make sure USA customs notifys you.
2) bill of sale
3) export vehicle/equiptment worksheet
(even though you scanned/faxed forms in)
Have recal clearance letter with you. (you need this for CANADA SIDE, not sure about USA SIDE) Make sure the letter has the makers logo on it.
when they finish Exporting motorcycle NOW ITS TIME TO HEAD TO CANADA CUSTOMS/BORDER
AT CANADA BORDER........
Go inside and line up.. i guess..
2) bill of sale
They will get you FORM 1
AFTER DONE AT CANADA CUSTOMS.
email/fax to RIV
i would suggest you email or fax these forms in, Ask them to email/fax form 2 BACK to you asap.
RIV will get you the Form 2
Take form 1 and form 2 to Canadian tire for federal inspection....
Someone told me i needed to get a provincial inspection aswell... Guy at canadian tire told me.. im looking into this on monday....
canadian tire will fax the federal inspection to RIV with in about 10 days or so they will get you a sticker to put on your bike which makes your Bike an Official BC VEHICLE
let me know if something is off.... i pick up the bike on tuesday with truck
Not wearing pants.
Like I said, you don't need to deal with US customs on your way out, unless you want to waste your time.