I have being reading the various threads about importing bikes from the US, so I thought I would share my experience with a SUV.
I think much of the postive experience was due to a the great dealer I found in WA. I have dealt with many in my life and by far this was the best.. (www.ruddellauto.com). They are located in Port Angeles and were very friendly and open to selling to Canadians. I found a brand new 2007 Santa Fe GLS FWD on their lot. We worked out a great price which included a rebate from Hyundai and a big dealer discount...all this with no pressure...go see Marcus if you want the same great service!
The dealer installed the DRL module for me and we were ready to go...I bought it on Thursday and on Friday came across from Port Angeles to Victoria. The Saleman met me at US Customs on Friday, handed over the paperwork and I was out of there in 7.2 minutes...not 72 hours!
On the Canadian side, the CBSA were excellent, and friendly and knew exaclty what to do...they even subtacted my 48 hr exemption off the amount I had to pay tax on...so from them I got my form 1 and paid my GST and RIV fee (no import duties as the Santa Fe is assmebled in the US!...but ~6% if the car is from off shore)
The only "bad thing" was waiting for my Form 2 from the RIV...it took over a week of calling daily and finally faxing my stuff and then more calling...but it arrived and the next day went for my inspection at CND Tire View Royal (lots of experience with this)...~ 1 hour - passed no problem, then off to ICBC and paid the PST and got insured/plates...all done...So here are the numbers:
Out the door price in WA including NA wide extended warranty bumper to bumper...yes everything for 10 years!
21445 USD...no WA tax on exports
150 USD for DRL module installed
At Canadian border on NOV 9 dollar was high to conversion to Canadian
~19900 (-400 for 48 hr exemption) = 19500 taxable value
add GST, and PST on this number
add 208 for RIV
add 116 for Inspecton
and you are done...
no hassels, no problems and full warranty....
MSRP on Hyundai website was ~ 29 K but with clearouts etc ~ 26K plus higher dealer PDI fees etc...
So on the low end savings of ~ 5K and on the high end ~10K
Oh and on accessories like OEM mats, buying them from this dealer has already saved me ~$70 on this item alone...