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Canadian Car Buying (for Canadian Consumers)

guizmoguizmo Posts: 2
edited March 27 in Chevrolet
I am from Canada and am in the market for a new car. How do I get to know dealer cost in this country? In the states, many companies offer this service but I've been looking all over for something similar in Canada and couldn't find a thing! Do the american companies offer such a service for canadian customers or is there a way to convert the american dealer cost into canadian dealer cost?



  • Guizmo -

    I looked a bit more and Edmunds says, "There is no surefire method that can be used to calculate Canadian invoice from U.S. pricing because of market-specific models, trim levels, and options. However, you might want to try calculating the percentage of markup between U.S. invoice and MSRP, and then applying that percentage to the Canadian car, working backwards from MSRP to establish a ball-park invoice amount."

    (The answer is in Edmunds' FAQ.)

    Hope this helps.

  • Thanx bud!

    Think it's the only way to go!
  • gypsymangypsyman Posts: 1
    I am 3 months pregnant and drive a Ford Festiva. Too small to cart a little one around. A friend suggested I buy a Chevrolet Malibu. I want to know the safest, most reliable vehicle on the market. What do you suggest??
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Hi Gypsy,

    Here's a government site that has very good crash test information. Probably the safest, most reliable car on the market, if there is such a thing all wrapped up in one car, would have a very nasty price tag...the crash testing helps to make a decision on safety, and you might try a site like for reliability issues.

    good luck,


    PS: Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a "safe car"...but some are safer than others...


  • RaptorRaptor Posts: 1
    You need to get with a car broker or try the APA in Toronto or Montreal. APA charges fees to get dealer invoice prices - or you join as a member.

    It is a scam compared to US where everything is here on the Web for all to see for free. In Canada, there is no competition for APA and no one putting on the Web.

    It needs to be done, but we are repressed up here it seems!!
  • albyalby Posts: 1
    If I have a small business , is it better to buy
    or lease my new vehicle , also I reside in Canada
  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Many people who own small businesses find that the tax advantages make leasing a vehicle extremely attractive. However, this is in the United States and I am not familiar with Canadian tax laws so this may be different in your country.
  • kennardkennard Posts: 1
    Dear Raptor (Gregg)

    What is the "APA"?


    Allan Kennard
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Dear Alby.....hi.....It's really best to check with your accountant before deciding if a lease or buying works best for you. Some types of business operations don't offer an advantage with leasing. I went over this quite thoroughly with my tax guy and he showed me that in my case leasing didn't work for, I'd say it depends on what you do and how you do it!


  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Thanks for that info, Scholes!



  • steveuksteveuk Posts: 1
    How do I find dealer prices in Europe?

    What relevance is it anyway?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    You could inquire at a specific dealer about their European delivery plan. Just numbers out there on a limb in a foreign currency aren't so relevent because you would also need to compare income levels and buying power to a European paycheck.


  • We are US residents, our daughter is a student in a University in Canada. We want to purchase a car for her. It seems like it would be beneficial for us to purchase the car in Canada because of the favorable exchange rate- One American dollar equals approv 1.5 Canadian. Are there reasons to think that this would not be a good deal?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Dear mjg,

    I think you'd need to investigate all the customs regulations and duties on importing new cars...I feel pretty certain that the US government has figured out all the ways to make this unprofitable. Maybe some of our visitors have first-hand info on the obstacles involved?


  • Thanks for the guidance. Seems like the manufacturers have set up restrictions on the sale of new cars to non Canadians. I also wonder if the cars are built to the same standards as cars built for the USA, i.e., emmission control. Am trying to locate an authority (US gov or Canadian) who can gives us the information but so far, I am only getting hearsay from dealers - some catious and others who seemingly would do anything to make a sale. Interest in the experience of anyone else in this area.
  • ike3ike3 Posts: 81
    To mjg31........
    Don't even think about it! Unless you plan
    on having your daughter plate and insure the
    car in the province she resides in....and then
    sell the car upon her graduation in Canada
    when she returns to the states.
    My experience tells me that some, but not
    all cars do meet both US Safety and Emissions
    requirements. To check for compliance, look
    for the EPA sticker in the engine hood or
    strut tower area. It is marked by the word
    "Catalyst" and there will be a written paragraph
    on the situation. Secondly, a safety and theft
    placard must be posted in the door jam of the
    drivers side. If only one is present, no good!
    Now, to complicate matters further, some
    actually do comply...but manufacturers and
    dealers near the border don't want US
    residents buying their could upset
    market conditions for the US dealers. So, I
    believe they deliberately will not put proper
    US stickers on...even though they do comply.
    If you really want to go through this bad
    enough, check with US Customs and a
    representative who works in auto importation.
    They will have a complete list of cars that do
    and don't comply. If your car is on that list,
    but does not have the right sticker...then you
    must write the manufacturer and ask them to
    provide one for you. Your US or Canadian
    dealer could help you there. But it helps if
    the car has already been plated in Canada
    first...because then if you decide you do bring
    it is now a used car, and the process may
    be a bit long as duties are paid.
    Hope that helps you out!
    Let us know what you do!
  • bnormannbnormann Posts: 335
    ...but looking for your topic isn't.

    There are several topics dealing with the
    differences of carbuying in Canada, but they are
    scattered and there is some duplication. This
    tells me that people are not finding the info they
    need, so a little reorganization is called for.

    For now, let's put all the discussions here and if
    we need to branch out, we can.

    Thanks, Bruce. your co-host
  • bnormannbnormann Posts: 335
    I'm moving several topics here:

    Canadian Car Buying

    in the hopes that we can all get together in ONE PLACE to discuss the issues with Canadian Car Buying.

    See you there....

    Bruce. your co-host
  • the_fishthe_fish Posts: 1

    I recently purchased a '97 Acura CL premium in Canada for about $5,000 less than I could have gotten it for here in Seattle. Though there was quite a bit of red tape involved, it wasn't impossible.

    For the full story see my post in conference 1650.
  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Another one of our Hosts came across a very interesting article on how to approximate Canadian Dealer Cost for vehicles. It was written for the Canadian Driver Web Site. I suggest that anyone who is shopping for a new car in Canada should check it out. Click here to go there: Do It Yourself Dealer Cost (for Canada).

    Smart Shoppers / FWI Host
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