Monday, December 31, 2007

2002 lexus gs300 - $14750

this car is maintained about as well as it could possibly be. car was purchased a few years ago as a certified preowned (off lease, the financial manager of the dealership had leased this car, i know this because he was my boss at the time). i left lexus and moved into real estate and i use this car to drive back and forth from miami to orlando, easily 600 miles round trip so all of this car miles are highway and that explains why the car feels more like a 30k mile car than a 90k mile car ( the car has 91k miles and change right now) the car has been under warranty its whole life so there is nothing wrong with it. exterior is in very good condition, interior is even better. car has in dash pioneer tv/dvd touchscreen player. jl audio subwoofer, jl amp, all new component speakers with 2200 watts to the mids and highs. 9 inch headrest tvs too. they are huge. i also have all the stock stuff, headrests and the cd changer. car needs nothing but a new owner. i have shifted my real estate work so i no longer need a four door so its time to move on from this and get a vette! call seth or email me, i have tons more pictures! craigslist is being funky and wont let me load more than one picture. car is available with aftermarket sound or not, call to discuss.

305 316 7995
make offers, interested to see whats out there!

Found on Craigslist Dec31/07 Miami

1999 Lexus ES - $10500

1999 Lexus ES in excellent condition! Diamond White, leather, 6 CD changer, heated front seats, moonroof, skid control. This is a great car!
87,000 miles

Contact James 360-944-8479

Portland Craigslist Dec31/.07

2000 White Platinum Series GS300 Chrome Garaged

2000 Diamond White GS 300 Platinum Series with upgraded Chrome Lexus Wheels. Tan interior. Maintained. 112k 90k service done with records. Garaged, Non- Smoker and executive owned. Cleaned and Maintained by type A executive. 5 disc CD.
Located in Portland Oregon.

I found this on the Clublexus forum, it does not have a price and no way to get a hold of the owner except through the club which is by membership. As to the price issue, I am surprised that the moderator for the forum has not done something about it as the rules for selling a car on the forum states you have to include the price when listing the car.
There is not a lot of action on this posting since first introduced.

Lexus GS 300 2001 for sale *** - $15000

General Info:
Mileage: 83,600
Transmission:5-Speed Auto (ECT-i)

For Sale, beautiful Black on black 2001 Lexus GS300. One Owner
Car is in great condition, has new tires/breaks and Pioneer AVIC-D3 Navigation System with Bluetooth phone and iPod adapter

Rest of the standard features:
ALL Power Windows, Doors Locks, Mirrors, and Front Driver & Passenger Seats. Also, heated seats, Dual Zone Climate control, Navigation System, Chrome Wheels, Fog lights, Side Air Bags. There is also a FULL size-Spare tire with full size rim.

Here are some pictures:


Please call or email for information...

408.623.5697 or 415.271.3643

San Francisco area, Dec31/07 in Craigslist

Take a look at the picture link and you will see why it is important not to make an opinion by the first photo one sees.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

LEXUS LS 400/Gorgeous - $13600

2007 consumer report rates the 1998 LS400 as one of the most dependable luxury cars ever built. Only 80k miles,garaged and all records since new! She will make any owner proud and would make a Very nice present!! Just serviced last week.My neighbor bought this new for $55k and my wife is the second owner.
775 827 2786

Las Vegas Craigslist Dec.30/07

1994 Lexus ES300. One Owner, Runs Fabulous, 200K miles - $2500

One owner red Lexus ES-300, great paint, with $200K plus miles but runs like a top, well maintained, this was my baby, must see and drive. Very reliable, nice smooth ride. 702-562-9213

Las Vegas car. Ad was posted in Craigslist on Dec23/07

Black '98 GS300 w/ Navi FS in San Diego, CA

Up for sale is the very rare Black on Black GS300 with touch screen navigation, factory HIDs, and many other upgrades as listed below:

$10,500 obo

Black Leather Interior (very clean with minimal signs of wear)
Touch Screen Navigation (updated form '98 to 2001 software/maps)
Shift knob with matching wood trim

19x8.5 ADR Sterling Wheels (Chrome Finish)
245/35/19 Federal Performance Tires
Factory HID headlights
Clear Fog Lights (with aftermarket bulbs matching the HID color output)
Black Pearl Rear Emblems ("Lexus" "L" and "GS300")
Black Pearls Grill Emblem ("L")

L-Tuned Springs
L-Tuned Shocks
Front Upper Strut Tower Bar
Rear Upper Strut Tower Bar

Slotted and Cross Drilled Rotors
Axxis Ultimate Ceramic Pads
Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Custom Cold Air Intake (with integrated OEM Mass Air Flow Sensor for accurate air flow metering)

Pics will be uploaded ASAP (in the next day or two). Please feel free to ask any other questions by PM, replying to the thread or emailing me at

Thanks for looking!

2000 Lexus GS400 Modded Navi++ (Florida)

Here is another story of a great car taking time to sell and with the threat of dismantling the mods and trading it in, it took from Sept 26 until Nov 17 to sell including a number of price reductions. The price drops were not part of the owners plans as he stated in the ad "$17,000really firm" and this after a $1500 price drop for a small noise in the lower ball joint.

I'm thinking about unloading this beautiful GS that I've had for almost two years now.. I bought this car from the first owner with 61K miles.. the car now has 93K miles (pretty much all highway I drive to work everyday 30mi each day one way)

The Car is VERY clean there is just the usual couple rock chips on the front bumper from driving on the highway.

(taking most of the info from his ad)
color: Millennium Silver with gray leather interior
options: Navigation (has the newest update), rear spoiler, HIDs
miles : just rolled 93K

Handling mods:
- Tein Flex coilovers and EDFC controllers
- Lexus L-Tuned steering ECU
- RMM front strut brace
- TRD front lower chassis brace
- TRD racing sway bars
- Toms rear strut brace
- Toms rear lower chassis brace
- Toms rear 6 piece bracing kit

Performance mods:
- Lexus L-Tuned exhausts
- K&N Fuel Injection Performance Kit (FIPK2) Intake
- PI "Dragon" 2800rpm stall torque converter
- B&M Racing transmission fluid cooler custom tubing
- Supra 3.76 Torsen differential
- StopTech 14" front brakes with 4 piston calipers
- TECK grounding kit
- SAFC-II installed in ashtray
- Dyno tuned

Cosmetic mods:
- L-Tuned 18" rims package (18x8 front and 18x9.5" rear), condition: some curb rash but looks good.
- L-Tuned grill
- FormulaOne window tint (32%)
- Clear side marker lights with Polarg M4 bulbs
- Polarg M4 parking bulbs
- B-Quiet sound deadening in trunk and under rear seat
- Momo wood shift knob (matches very nice, sits a bit lower than stock)
- Trunk cargo net
- 2001+ guage cluster
- 2001+ tail lights
- 2001+ wood ashtray
- XPel light protection

- New headlights in 2003 under warranty, CLEAN, bright!
- Nav updated to latest



'00 Lexus GS 400

I'm a second owner of this '00 GS400, car has a clear title.
Its original owner purchased this vehicle in spring of 2000 @ Bredemann Lexus in Glenview IL, and than sold to me in October 2005
All services were performed @ Bredeman Lexus (95%) and/or Bredemann Toyota (5%)
I have all receipts and history print outs from both Bredeman Lexus and Toyota.
This vehicle is extremely well taken care of, and needs nothing other than new home.
Currently car has almost 102K on clock and has every available option including HID's except Navigation, I'm using Mobil 1 full synthetic oil and High quality Toyota oil filters that are being changed every 5K

List of all major services performed within last 2 years i own the vehicle:

- Brand new upper and lower control arms, lower ball joints, steering rods ($1000)
- 35% tinted windows
- Timing belt, water pump, serpentine belt, radiator flush ($1000 at Bredemann Lexus),
- Complete Transmission flush at Bredemann Toyota ($150),
- Rear differential fluid replaced at Breemann Lexus
- Brand new set of Dunlop winter tires, barely 5K on them (still under warranty)
- New brake rotors and pads
- Brake fluid flush
- Alignment

Car description:
2000 GS 400, 102K, Silver body, Black interior
- Exterior, 7 out of 10 - few door dings
- Interior, 9 out of 10
- Mechanical, 10 out of 10

Price: 12,900, I’m willing to negotiate REASONABLE offers, if you're interested please email me @ or call my cell 773-671-5555, Jacob

1999 gs 400 mint condition f/s florida

This is an interesting posting. The fellow has just returned from a regional car meet and as he says "got plenty of love" from the attendees and judges. He has a one time price for the car at 15.4k if he does not sell it he is parting it out or to put it differently stripping all of the mods and returning it to its stock condition.
What I am amazed at is that it is a low mileage car in pristine condition that looks fabulous. It took from Sept 18 until Nov 23 to sell it and he had to take off all of the things that made it look great.
The photo on the left is the original offer for sale car and the other photo is the sold model.

Car will be sold as follows

1999 gs 400

black with custom 2 toned interior with matching 2 toned american stiches steering wheel or for lesser price like new stock ivory interior no rips tears or blems

86k WELL maintained miles , car runs as new

car is lowered on ltuned shocks and springs

car has daizen bushings already mounted in castor arm, upper a arms and steering rack and also has new lower control arms , new balljoints , tie rod ends within the last yr or so , front end is tight

freshly painted mint front and rear bumpers and freshly painted hood

car has stocks on for right price can do 18in

12in kicker free air sub mounted in stock sub location with a nice amp ( many have comp how well and heavy it sounds)

15.4k obo ( look on autotrader or and see if you can find low milage with some mods in show condition for this price and all florida owned and driven i am second owner , bought with barely 40k miles and have owned for 4.5 yrs)

if out of state and wanna fly in and drive out , i have buddy pass from airline
i used to work for so i can fly you in for well under $75 and you drive out

please dont ask for pics right now for i am begining the part out now , car will have everything removed and stock bumpers and grill installed by this weekend , if you need pics of int here are a couple

Saturday, December 29, 2007

1998 Lexus GS400

1998 Lexus GS400
Color - Silver
Mileage - 182k miles

Clean car, interior. Engine and transmission in fair condition.

Asking price is $7500 ( Selling below KBB value ! KBB value is $8455 , Fair Condition )


2000 Lexus GS300 Platinum Edition - $14000

2000 Silver 4 door, 6 cylinder, Automatic 2000 Lexus GS300

This vehicle is the top of the line model. The vehicle has a clean title and has never been in an accident. It has the following features: A/C front/rear, Cruise Control, Power Steering, Remote keyless entry, Grey leather interior, Memory seats, Power seats, Anti-lock brakes, 6 disc CD Changer, Power windows, Alloy Wheels, Wood trimming, Brand new brakes and tires. In great condition.
92k miles.
Please call (818)434-5419.
$14,000 obo.

2000 GS300 Clean Title (price reduced) S0. CALI

I'm putting my car up for sale. The reason why i'm selling it is because i need to start saving for a house instead of wasting my money on a car. It is SMOGGED! So here it is. I have done all the maintance on it for example: Timing belt, water pump, belts, cam/crank seal, lower ball joints and all fluids. Oil change every 3k miles etc.. I work at a toyota dealership so this car has been well taken care of. I have reciepts for almost everything i purchased for this car.
REDUCED TO $12,500.
Car has about 103k miles.
Car has aftermarket HID kit. SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY PLEASE!! LOCATED IN SO. CALI!!! Sorry i come home from work late everday so i couldn't take the pictures during the day. Willing to ship but buyer has to take care of everything!! I need to get rid of this car asap so i can get a car that i'm looking at right now. I'll throw in my Juction Produce Scara wheels also for the right price!!!

This is a white on biege and looks great, see it here.

1992 Sc 300 Black/ Gray. 24K miles !!

It's a 92 SC 300 with 24,500 original miles, yes that's the correct 24,500 miles. It's black with a gray interior. It has a sunroof, leather, chrome 10 spoke wheels and a OEM style spoiler ( It looks the same but has no 3rd brake light. )
I did the 90K service for time, not mileage. I also replaced both headlights with brand new ones, replaced the LH window regulator and just put new Goodyear Eagle tires on it. All of the needles / gauges work. The dash vent has the "crack".
The paint is a 9+ as is the interior. There are a few minor and I do mean minor scratches on it.

I'm asking 13,500. The car is really clean. SC400 Dude has seen the car.

The car is in the Phoenix area.

But it's sold.

Lexus GS 300 - $6800

'm the 2nd owner of this garage kept 1996 Lexus GS300! This car has been babied since new with all scheduled maint & service intervals done! It has 166k hwy miles with the 150k major servicing done early in 2007 which was just over $1500.00 through Lexus only. I have all paperwork & documentation incl the original window sticker that totaled just over 50K new in 1996 with all the bells & whistles!!! It has recently had new brakes & rotors, sprk plugs & wires, A/C recharged & cleaned,new battery, and Lexus dealership has no other recommendations at this time. They see no reason why a Lexus in this condition couldn't go another 150k with no question. This is my wife's baby and the only reason I'm selling it is because she would now like a Toyota 4Runner.
$6800.00 or trade
720-810-3889 Jason
this car is free & clear of any accidents & I have title in hand.

1998 Lexus ES300 - $6999

1998 Lexus ES300 4 Door Sedan. Nice condition, well maintained 137,000 miles. Antique Sage Pearl exterior with tan leather interior, Features In-dash Lexus 6-CD Auto-Changer, Premium Audio System, Moonroof, Leather Trim package with Driver Side Memory and all the standard Lexus features. The only reason I'm selling this excellent car is because I am getting a company car.
$7799 OBO, no trades please. Feel free to email any questions.

1999 Lexus GS400 in Dallas, Texas

Found on the forum
I have a clean 1999 GS400 for sale, stock 16" GS wheels. Everything performs on this car, it runs, drives and handles perfectly and has been a trouble free car to own. It is a classic white over tan interior color scheme, sunroof, spoiler, Nakamichi, 6 CD, heated seats, tinted windows, HIDs ...the car has original paint work on every panel except the front and rear bumpers were resprayed a few yrs back to freshen up the car and eliminate the holes in the front bumper cover, which looks much better smoothed out.

$10,900, clean CarFax available on hand

It is a non modified car, except L Tuned Spring/struts (about 25mm lower) and K&N filter and DIY chrome grill. Fresh alignment, recent brakes, fluids and all my maintenance records are documented clearly. The car has 125k on it now. GS400 has a 300 HP V8 which in this car returns a solid 18-20 around town. Included are the owner's manual and thorough maintenance documents and receipts, including:
coolant change
diff oil change
trans oil change
spark plugs
serpentine belt
oil/filter every 3000 miles
front brake pads
rear brake pads
every single one these items are documented w/ receipts/labels from parts and w/ date and mileage.

Lexus online showroom

I found this through an online forum for lexus.
Lexus Showroom

Friday, December 28, 2007

1998 LEXUS GS 300 - $7800

'98 Lexus GS 300. Black on Black. Navigation. 170K miles. Chrome wheels. Almost new tires. New brakes in last 6 months. Price reflects minor cosmetic needs and high mileage. Looks NICE when cleaned up. Has been very servicable and dependable. Oil changed every three thousand miles. Dealer treats anyone like a king if you pull up in a Lexus. Free loaners for services, etc. Check the Bluebook, it's a great deal.

Call @ 720-260-2343. Mike


Meticulously Maint. 1996 Lexus GS 300! - $6450

This 2nd owner garaged kept Lexus sedan is black with tan leather interior. It is fully loaded incl. standard 17in chrome wheels, pwr moonroof, 6 disc chngr, pwr evrythng, etc... We have the original window sticker totaling just over $50k w/all the bells & whistles in 1996!!! It has just over 165k pampered miles. Lexus dealership has already completed 150k complete service inspection incl. new belts, hoses, spark plgs & wires, battery, recharged A/C, etc. This beauty should go another 100k with no problems. This complete service inspection was just over $1500.00 within last 6mo's. I hate to sell but wife wnts a Toyota 4Runner. Trades welcome?
Asking $6450.00obo
Jason 720-810-3889.
Photos coming soon!!!


2000 Lexus Gs400 Blk/blk W/nav.

I found this on the Lexus club site


Automatic Transmission
V Style Engine
3 Point Rear Seat Belts
4 Wheel Disc Brakes
Anti-Lock Brakes
Anti-Skid Control
Break Resistant Glass
Child Proof Door Locks
Drivers Side Airbag
Engraved VIN Codes
Head Protection System (airbags)
Passenger Side Airbags
Passive Restraint System
Power Brakes
Third Brake Light
Traction Control
Adjustable Steering Wheel
Air Conditioning
AM/FM Cassette
AM/FM Stereo
Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror
Center Arm Rest
Center Console
Climate Control
Compass/Temp Guage
Coolant Temp. Gauge
Courtesy Lights
Cruise Control
Cup Holders
Digital Clock
Floor Mats
Front Bucket Seats
Heated Seats
Inside Hood Release
Interval Wipers
Keyless Entry
Leather Steering Wheel
Leather Upholstery
Map Light
Memory Seat
Passenger Climate Control
Power Door Locks
Power Drivers Seat
Power Lumbar Support
Power Mirrors
Power Passenger Seat
Power Steering
Power Windows
Premium Sound System
Rear Air Conditioning
Rear Defroster
Rear seat fold-down armrest
Reclining Bucket Seats
Remote Fuel Door
Remote Trunk Lid
Security System
Steering Wheel Controls
Sport Steering Wheel
Tilt Steering Column
Trip Odometer
Dual Exhaust
Dual Power Mirrors
Fog Lamps
Power Glass Sunroof
Power Sunroof
Power Trunk
Inline Style Engine

CALL 203-260-6066

Acura TL history

Here is a wikipedia page on the history of the L.

2005 ACURA TL W/NAV - $22000

2005 ACURA TL W/NAV - $22000

2005 Acura TL with factory navigation and handsfree bluetooth. Automatic with sport shift. Black exterior. Gray leather interior. 2 driver seat and mirror position memory. Auto dimming rearview mirror. Chrome wheels with wheel locks. Comes with factory A-Spec aero kit (bought it from dealer that way). HID headlights. Dealer service everytime! 60,500 miles.

$22000 firm

e-mail for more information
phone calls after 5:00 pm please (909) 731-3869

01 Acura TL

Acura TL 2001 3.2l

4 dr sedan in great shape with only 42,000 original miles.
Loaded with options including seat warmers (2), power seats, leather, sunroof, power windows, locks, mirrors, seats, alarm, keyless entry, wheels, CD.
Perfect shape!

Kelly Blue Book is $15,400 from a dealer.

Must sell to pay for College tuition!!!
Make me a reasonable offer...

914-5286 cell

Friday, December 21, 2007

'08 Subaru

Here is the discussion page for the Outback as found at Edmunds Townhall talk.
The best deal that I have found so far is a Outback Ltd for $24,695, sounds like a great deal.

I looked up the Eastside Subaru site and found 7 '08 Outback Ltd wagons, 2 silver, 1 blue the rest bronze.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lexus LS search

Here is my searching for Dec16/0 7

1998 LEXUS LS 400 - $12800 found on Craigs at the Inland Empire in Calif., 108k miles and clean title and carfax

1999 Lexus LS 400 Sedan 4D **63812 Miles** -$1675

LEXUS 94 LS 400 - $4900

Saturday, December 15, 2007

'98 Lexus LS 400

1998 Lexus LS 400 Sedan Blue/Ivory Luxury Sedan


'98 Lexus LS 400

1998 Lexus LS 400 Sedan Blue/Ivory Luxury Sedan


'97 Lexus LS400

Lexus LS400, 113k mi for $8300.

'92 Lexus LS400

Here is one that is on the low end if only for the age, but if true to every LS owners reviews this '92 probably still has plenty of life left in it.

San Francisco car with 137k miles for $2599. Add it to the list of "take a look".

99 lexus ls400

A low mileage vehicle for $13,200 2 owner and well taken care of. Photo is a stock one.

'92 Lexus LS400

'92 LS4oo, $6988, 98k mi. original owner

Friday, December 14, 2007


The Lexus hunt has started. I am on the lookout for a number of Lexusssss. A '95-01 LS400, a GS300, and a GS400 or 430.

Here is a car that seems to have some value
Private sale '01 LS430 for $20,000 unfourtunately there is no picture.

Here is another, '01 for $19,500 in San Diego.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

2001 Lexus GS 300

2001 Lexus GS 300

S.F. Bay area, 75k mi. $15,500.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

2000 Lexus GS 300 - Only 50K Miles!

2000 Lexus GS 300 - Only 50K Miles!

Other than the colour, maybe it's more burgundy than red, it looks like good value, $13,800

2000 Lexus GS 300 - Only 50K Miles! Original owner, non-smoker, original paint, fully loaded with chrome rims. Beautiful burgundy exterior with tan leather interior. Private seller.

Call Janet at 305-754-7689 for more information.

Found on Craigslist Miami Dec09/07

99 Lexus GS 300 Mint Condition

99 Lexus GS 300 Mint Condition

Orlando, $10,900.

Fully Loaded, Sunroof, Memory Seats, Factory 6CD Changer, The car is in very good conditon, regularly serviced at the Lexus of orlando. Its has 2007 IS 350 wheels with good tires, $2200 value rims. Its has 99,000 miles, I am selling the car to buy a minivan since expecting 2nd baby.

Please Call 407-381-9625 for any info Asking $10,900 obo.

Found on Craigslist Orlando Dec 09/07

2004 Lexus GS300 25k mi (Brand new cond)

2004 Lexus GS300 25k mi (Brand new cond)

Orlando, one owner, $25k

2000 Lexus GS300 GS 300 Only 82000 miles!!!

2000 Lexus GS300 GS 300 Only 82000 miles!!!

Pheonix car, 82k mi., $15,599 white.



Calif. car one owner, 83k mi., $14,500

02 Lexus GS300 Sport Package Beauty!!!

02 Lexus GS300 Sport Package Beauty!!!

Friday, December 7, 2007

2000 540i BMW

2000 540i

Well it has been a while since I blogged, I've been completing a rather large contract and it has taken up most of my time. But it is fitting I think that I find this link to post after a bit of a lag.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

2002 Lexus SC 430, SC430, Exc. Cond. Low Miles (See Pics)

2002 Lexus SC 430, SC430, Exc. Cond. Low Miles (See Pics)

There are a few 430's for sale in Van., one '02 is $38k with 60,00 km and another is $49,995 with the same colour and options with 75k km. There seems to be a good spread between purchase in the US and prices up here.

2002 Lexus SC 430, SC430, Exc. Cond. Low Miles (See Pics)

2002 Lexus SC 430, SC430, Exc. Cond. Low Miles (See Pics)

Another WOW

2002 Lexus SC 430

2002 Lexus SC 430




In Calif. for $18,999 (19,000) loaded. I checkd CanadaTrader and all 30 TL's are in the high 20's.



Another great example of value. 2001 for $17,610 and low miles, 59k.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

2006 Lexus GS 300 NAV Perfect Condition

2006 Lexus GS 300 NAV Perfect Condition

Here is the equivalent vehicle to the Acura TL, another cool looking car. The price tells me that the Lexus GS 300 might be in a higher category though, $36,000

Acura MDX 2003 Black Great Condition New Tires

Acura MDX 2003 Black Great Condition New Tires

Another OC car for $17,700 sounds great. Low mileage, 47k.

FS: 2001 Acura MDX W/NAV

FS: 2001 Acura MDX W/NAV

Best deal yet. Orange County MDX for $11,500 with only 160,000 mi. Even with the high mileage it is still worth looking at, besides it is a one owner car and probably a clear title.

2003 Black Acura MDX Touring, only 41K 4WD SUV

2003 Black Acura MDX Touring, only 41K 4WD SUV

And another one, 41k mi for $23,750 in Portland.



Another one in Oregon, $27,500 loaded with 40k miles.

Acura MDX, DVD & Navi, Towing Package, Top-of Line Model

Acura MDX, DVD & Navi, Towing Package, Top-of Line Model

Portland $23,750 loaded.

2002 Silver Acura MDX with Leather

2002 Silver Acura MDX with Leather

Oregon car for $15,750

Monday, November 19, 2007

Mercedes info - SLK

Here is what I read on the forum Edmunds Car Space

Meaning Mercedes With the search this discussion not working on my
side for some reason, I've read through about 75% of the thread and Mercedes
hasn't really been discussed too often. From what I know so far, the main hassle
with Mercedes is having to go to an authorized dealer to get the modifications
done. (As per Mercedes Canada and MB Dealership in Vancouver Canada) Personally,
I'm willing to go throught that to get the car. From what I know so far,
this would be the typical process: (Note, these steps are what the MB dealership
recommended to me, very generic)

-Find the car I want, send the VIN# to
the MB Canada to determine if the car is allowed in Canada

-If the car is
allowed in Canada, give the VIN# to the local dealership and they will give me
an estimate on the total cost of modifications for a fee of $250.

-Buy the car,
get the USA recall letter clearing it. -Do all the paperwork at the border, pay

-Bring the car to the local MB dealership to get the
modifications done

-Get the letter from MB Canada(or was it the MB
dealership..?) saying the car is Canadian approved.

-Go to Canadian Tire for Federal Inspection -Submit documents to RIV Now, please don't flame me if
I have this wrong but this is what the service manager told me, and it does seem
close to the typical way of importing a car. My question is, has anyone
successfully imported a Mercedes Benz from the states? I'm looking into getting
a 2004-2005 CLK320 or 500, and I wanting to hear other experiences with getting
it into the country. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Also another post:

I purchased a 2006 SLK 280 that had been brought in. The procedure you outline is accurate, but MB Canada never charged $250 for an estimate of the work..what a bunch of crap that is. The modificaions were in the $7000 range though.

CarMax: Used cars and new cars online

CarMax: Used cars and new cars online

Another online and on site car search company. I read a reference that said Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway bought into this company. I'll work with it for a few days and see what it is like.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

2005 Acura MDX Touring w/Navigation

2005 Acura MDX Touring w/Navigation

Vegas for $24,000 w 69k mi.



Salt Lake for $15,500 w 104k mi

Monday, November 5, 2007

The immobilser effect

Here is a great summary of how the new regulation about importing a vehicle with an immobiliser:

#1413 of 1424 Non Tariff Import Barriers by dreyfus1
Nov 05, 2007 (4:29 pm)
Non Tariff import barriers are as old as the hills. CMVSS114 the Canadian
Motor Vehicle Standard dealing with theft deterrence and immobilization is the
latest in a long line of Govt. Regs. being exploited by Manufacturers and
Dealers. CMVSS114 (latest iteration) was concocted in 2003. After extensive
consultation the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association (CVMA), individual
manufacturers, Insurance Bureau of canada (IBC), Insurance Company of British
Columbia and other industry groups it came into effect Sept. 01 2007. What is
most interesting is that the cost to the manufacturers to put it in each car was
estimated to be $32. Equally interesting is that the European and American
FMVSS114 standards were accepted up until Sept. 2007 at which time the United
Nations ECE standard replaced CMVSS114 which had been in effect up to that time.

It should be noted that IBC and ICBC were supportive of a home grown after
market solution or the system used by US manufacturers in high theft vehicles.
All this is not cast in stone, what the politicians/bureaucrats write can be
rewritten. It is not difficult for Lawrence Cannon the Minister of Transport to
instruct his bureaucrats to rewrite CMVSS114 to accept European, US (FMVSS114),
and IBC/ICBC standards.

We have a land border with a country that makes up 90%
of the NA market, it does not make sense to have Acts/Regs. that do not take
economic and geographic reality into account. The bottom line is that Canada has
a regulation that is adding $4,000 to $40,000 to the cost of a car for the
Canadian buyers. This regulation was not supported by the manufacturers or the
insurance industry when it was being formulated in 2003-2004. The manufacturers
have found it to be very useful in the past couple of years. This abomination
has to be amended and it is not a long drawn out process to get Privy Council to
issue and amendment. Lawrence Cannon the Minister of Transport is personally
responsible for presenting his recommendations and documentation to Privy
Council. Privy Council is a subset of Cabinet, after Cannon shifts the burden to
Privy Council you can then find Flaherty and Harper responsible for adding
$4,000 to $40,000 to the cost of your car. A $32 mod adds $4,000 to $40000 to
the cost of a car, Alice in Wonderland is alive and well, living in Canadian
Govt. Regulations. It is of little use to complain to bureaucrats in RIV or
Transport Canada they are following directions from their political masters.
When CMVSS114 is amended the manufacturers will come up with another non tariff
barrier to trade, this is the nature of the beast and only Govt. is in a
position to deal with it.

Auto: America's 20 Most Discounted Cars

Auto: America's 20 Most Discounted Cars

This is from the great blog The Consumerist

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Acura MDX information

Here are two references to recently imported MDX's.

2008 Acura MDX successfully imported
Heys guy, I know there has been
lots of questions and inquiries about Honda and Acura. Here is a recent success
story with an estimated savings of $15,000. funny
how an MDX is manufactured in Ontario and then it is shipped to the US and it
becomes $15,000 cheaper. I can somewhat understand a slight difference if the
vehicle was shippped from the US to Canada. I just don't get it.

I just returned this week with a 2007 Acura MDX from an Acura dealer in Las Vegas. The SUV was an Acura corporate vehicle with 2,000 miles on it. It was was fully loaded with Tech and Sport package plus a few other accessories. Saved close to $19K. Honda wouldn't give me a recall letter but the dealer made up their own and RIV accepted it. There's also a Honda website you can go to to enter your VIN and it will show if there are any recalls. RIV will accept this as well. I managed to find two dealers in other states still willing to sell new 2008 Acuras but for MSRP.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

'07 Tundra purchased in Spokane

Here is a comment from the Townhall Talk Edmunds forum:

#1341 of 1382 importing from the US by tundradan01 Nov 02, 2007 (3:47 pm)

Hey, I just got home yesterday with my brand new Toyota Tundra, 07. A
saving of $15332 Cdn., based on my Cdn. pretax quote of $47220, and my purchase
price of $34338. After taking into account a $950 exchange rate saving, a $1500
BC and GST (13%) saving and the difference between Cdn. and US pricing. I bought
in Spokane Washington from a dealer, and also received a $2500 Rebate, not
available here in Canada.

The crossing at the border was uneventful, and everyone could not have been
more helpful, both US and Canadian. It took me about 16 hours of fax, telephone,
and internet work to sort it all out. Piece of cake! I have documented
everything and will provide information and a check list for any interested
parties. NOTE: Toyota US announced today, according to my US salesman, that all
sales of new product to Canada cease this morning. Used product is fine, but due
to pressures on Toyota Canada from Canadian dealers, Toyota USA has asked that
their dealers cease new automotive sales to Canada immediately.

Friday, November 2, 2007


As found on the latest page of Red Flag Deals;

Tribecca limited 2008
with today rate the Tribeca limited 2008 costs
around 27k Canadian .. what's a deal . and is still
asking 33k (US import model) ... man
a big saving from US.. a real deal with
saving of 17k from Canadian model.

I am not sure why the reference to multiline but I think the poster was checking the site out for vehicle pricing. It's kind of a cheezy site. I didn't think RFD allowed links.

Toyota selling to Canadians this weekend only

Here is a dealer north of Seattle who wants to move inventory. Maybe they have new 2007's left or 2008 built before the big Sept 1 2007 date:

"Hi there Canadian customers! I just wanted to inform you that our dealership is willing to sell new cars to you from 11/02 through 11/04. I know that it is short notice. But we can sell you any vehicle in our stock at MSRP but it must be a cash deal. Feel free to come on down if you can, but be sure to ask for Wendy or Ginger. Hope to see you this weekend."


The best Subaru offer yet

Whoa, it's been 2 weeks since I last posted well that does not mean there hasn't been any car news. Lets get on with it.................

Now here is how the dealerships do business with each other; cuthroat. all the better for Canadian shoppers.

Originally Posted by ManchSubaruDealer
Hi Guys,For those of you that don't know me, my name is Xan
Peterson. I work at the #1 Subaru dealer in New England called Manchester
Subaru. I decided to arrange my own group buy, or sale in my case, because I
want this one to be organized in a way that I can handle it in orderly fashion.

I want to set a few things straight before I get started.

1) Van Bortel does pay less for their cars because I am part of Subaru of
New England while they are part of Subaru of America. On average, I pay anywhere
from $400 to $500, sometimes more, than they do, yet my pricing is still lower
than theirs...

2) When you receive pricing from Van Bortel, including accessories, they
are using what is called "port installed" accessory pricing. I, on the other
hand, am using "dealer installed" accessory pricing. The advantage to port
installed accessory pricing is that you get a huge discount on the part
installed, usually equal to the labor to install the part sometimes even more.
The disadvantage is you can only get this port installed pricing if you order
the vehicle. This ordering process may take anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks, I don't
care what Van Bortel says. The dealer has absolutely no control over the
ordering process. If you don't care about the wait, and want to order a vehicle,
I can quote you an ordered price. When you email me just ask for the special
ordered price.

3) Van Bortel claims my rebates and dealer incentives are better than
theirs. This is not true, I have seen their rebates and their's are actually
better than mine on most vehicles. The only vehicles that have the same rebates
and dealer incentives for both of us are the Tribecas and Imprezas. I remind
you, that he pays at least $400 to $500 less per car than I do.

4) The only paperwork needed to cross the border, for a new car, are the
certificate of origin, bill of sale, and re-call clearance letter. I provide you
with ALL of those. Certain border crossings have different rules on how they
accept them. Some accept faxes, others courrier packages, and some require you
to bring them in person. You will need to call the border crossing you plan on
going through to find out what is acceptable. Once your paperwork is at the
border crossing, you have to wait 72 hours, not business hours, to cross.

5) I am not here to mess around. I am serious about selling cars. I only
ask you be as serious as I am. I need to know exactly what vehicle you're
interested in and what trim level. I need to know if you want a manual or
automatic transmission. I need at least two color preferences so I can check for
availability, and any accessories you want. Last, I need to know if you want to
order the car or not.Here's what I'm offering. I will provide you with the rock
bottom price right upfront.
My pricing is all inclusive. No other fees, besides transportation closer
to you if you choose that method, will be added to this price. I will arrange
for transportation close to the border, if you pay, or you can pick it up in New
Hampshire, at no charge. I provide you with a FREE 20-day temporary plate upon
delivery that is good all throughout the United States and Canada. Your first
tank of gasoline is FREE. I will add any accessories you want. I am familiar
with the process of exporting vehicles to Canada and even provide you with ALL
the necessary paperwork to cross the border. I can answer ANY questions you have
about exporting a vehicle to Canada. I am very upfront and will not steer you
wrong, just ask tico 1948 he picked up his new Tribeca just last week. Anyone
that is interested can email me at or call me
toll free at (888)223-7455. Just make sure you mention my name. I hope to hear
from you soon.Thanks,Xan Peterson(pronounced ZAN)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

01 525iT BMW another great value

2001 BMW 525i Wagon, Steptronic, Premium Package (leather, moonroof, wood trim), cold weather pkg (heated front seats, headlight washers, fold down rear seats), convenience pkg (dual climate control,..), in Dash 1-CD Gray leather interior, Titanium Silver Tinted rear windows and windshield (film) Original Owner great condition

This car is priced at $13,500 which is about $5,000 less than blue book and it is 1 owner with under 70k miles.. Americans sure don't like the station wagon category.

99 528it bmw of great value

Rare 1999 528iT Wagon: VIN #WBADP634XXBV62837 I have owned this car for 2 years (2nd owner). It has been very well cared for and maintained. This wagon is very practical while being VERY performance oriented at the same time. The car handles very well while still maintaining a nice ride quality.
The 2.8 liter V6 has plenty of power with 193hp. This baby has gobs of low end power and acceleration! The car has dynamic stability control (DSC) and all season traction control (AST) to allow safe use in bad weather.
The car is loaded with everything: premium sound system with 10 speakers and digital sound processing (DSP), heated seats, 6 disc CD changer, split fold down rear seats, leather interior, 16" alloy wheels, front & side and head airbags, all season traction and dynamic stability control, 4 wheel ventilated anti-lock brakes, remote keyless entry with security system, power seat adjustments, power windows, adjustable steering wheel with hand controls for cruise, stereo volume and telephone , sunroof. And these items work!
Motivated seller-$9,000 OBO. Current mileage is 109K Maintenance: -full synthetic oil and filter change every 3k miles -air conditioner filters replaced -replaced AC aux. fan-replaced fan clutch-new brake pads-new radiator, and water pump.

BMW summary

I found the last 3 posts either in the club site or

I like the age and look of the car as well as the maintenance if them. One even had oil changes done every 5k with synthetic oil. The usual was present as well, garage kept one or two owners, reasonable mileage, no accidents, history. I even lkie that one of them is a standard. They all have the Sport package and weather package.
But best of all the all have value. Great cars for a great price.

'98 5401 BMW

1998 BMW 540I Sport 6-Speed - Silver on black, 82K miles, PRISTINE CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT, RUNS/DRIVES/FEELS AS NEW, Always synthetic oil changes, Sport package including sport seats, shadowline trim, staggered width wheels with brilliant line finish. Cold weather package including heated seats and steering wheel, split folding seats with ski pass through. DSP audio, BMW CD changer and phone, BMW flashlight and toolkit, Full set of books/keys, Untouched - never on the ground spare wheel, No accidents, no bodywork, no paintwork, EVER. One of the few completely original, unmolested, well kept 6 speeds out there. No disappointments. Will sell for $14,500

'99 BMW 540iA Wagon

2000 540iA Wagon: VIN #WBADR6348YGN91297 pictures can be viewed at
I have owned this car for 4 years (2nd owner). It has been very well cared for and meticulously maintained (see list of maintenance below). The car is in wonderful condition and is in need of no repairs. This wagon is very practical while being VERY performance oriented at the same time. The car has the sports package and thus corners and handles very well while still maintaining a nice ride quality.
The 4.4 liter V8 has plenty of power with 290hp and 320ft./lbs of torque! With all that torque this baby has gobs of low end power and acceleration! It can pull up a mountain fully loaded with the air conditioner on and the engine will not even be laboring!
The car has dynamic stability control (DSC) and all season traction control (AST) to allow safe use of all that torque in bad weather. I have driven the car in 6 inches of unplowed snow and it does great.
The car is loaded with everything: sports suspension package with sports seats and steering wheel, premium sound system with 10 speakers and digital sound processing (DSP), heated seats, navigation system, 6 disc CD changer, split fold down rear seats, leather interior, steptronic (manual shifting available) automatic transmission, 17" alloy sport wheels, Xenon headlights, front & side and head airbags, all season traction and dynamic stability control, 4 wheel ventilated anti-lock brakes, self leveling rear suspension, remote keyless entry with security system, power seat adjustments with 3 memory settings, power windows, rain sensor wipers, adjustable steering wheel with hand controls for cruise, stereo volume and telephone , sunroof, tailgate with opening rear window, parking distance sensors. And these items work!
This car originally sold for $63.2k but it can be yours for only $16,900! Current mileage is 105K Maintenance: -full synthetic oil and filter change every 5k miles -air conditioner filters replaced -replaced AC aux. fan and AC system recharged -replacement of final stage resistor in climate control system -O2 sensors replaced -rear wheel spd. sensors replaced -new battery -new brake pads and resurfaced rotors -new mass air flow (MAF) sensor -all wheel alignment -new spark plugs -new air filter -transmission fluid replaced -new radiator, and coolant reservoir tank -new cam shaft position sensor -instrument cluster replacement -brake fluid replacement -differential fluid replacement

Now here is a fine BMW

2001 BMW 540i Sport
Titanium Silver w/ Black Interior BMW 540i (E39 model) Sport & Cold Weather Package – loaded,Navigation System, Premium Sound, 5 speed Steptronic automatic with Driver Selectable Manual Shift Mode, New Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) tiresClean title, no accidents or body work, excellent mechanically and beautiful visually.
Original Non-smoker owner. Meticulously maintained by BMW CCA Member # 87092
Performance specs: 4.3 liter V-8, 282 HP, 324 lb ft torque, Factory Sport Suspension Package, Factory 17’ Alloy Wheels with Low Profile Tires Optional (set of 4), 17” Alloys with Pirelli Snow Tires with approx 20,000 miles (add $750)Safety features: Anti-lock Braking System, Driver and Passenger Front Airbags, Driver and Passenger Front Head Airbags, Traction Control Interior features: Air Conditioning, AM/FM/CD with 6 Disc Changer & Premium Audio System, Anti-theft Alarm System, Audio / Phone / Cruise Controls on Steering Wheel, Automatic On/Off Headlights, Cruise Control, Dual Zone Automatic Climate System, Fog Lights, Leather Seats, Leather Steering Wheel w/ M Logo, Leather Trim Shift Knob, Power Mirrors, Power Door Locks, Power Driver's Seat with Three Memory Settings, Power Front Passenger's Seat, Auto dimming Rear view mirror, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Power Heated Mirrors, Power Steering, Power Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel, Power Windows.
Private Seller: Steve Days: 732-767-1000 x102, Cell: 732-742-0054
Email: sweengolly@yahoo.comPlease, serious buyers only. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Other inspection centres

inspection centres

Here is a link to other Approved Inspection Centres besides C.T.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2007

Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2007

Our first ad on Craigslist.

RIV Clearance letter

Here is the site for the recall letter.

Here'a a quote:

The letter must come from the OEM's head office and be written on official
company letterhead, duly signed with the name and position of the official at
the OEM clearly visible. If the manufacturer's logo is not on the letter it will
not be accepted.

In some cases, we will also accept a printout from an authorized American
dealer. If you obtain a printout from an American dealer, you must
ensure that they are an authorized dealer and not a re-seller. You can confirm
this by calling the head office of the manufacturer and providing them with the
location of the dealership in questionIf the printout is from an authorized
American dealership, the company stamp must be affixed to the printout. In
either case, the 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the vehicle in
question must be included in the letter.

BMW 528I 81 5 spd White Beige Leather

BMW 528I 81 5 spd White Beige Leather

This is still for sale. I read about this car in Bimmer Nov.07 issue on '75 - '95 E series. It has been a while since the magazine has come out so I'm sure this car has been for sale for a while. I guess there is little demand for E12's. But it does sound like a great car.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

form 2 info

Originally Posted by icecom
I got my 2007 Veracruz licensed today. It was so easy, I emailed MSO, online RIV fee receipt, and recall clearance letter this morning. Called around 2:00 pm and the girl said your form is ready. hang up the phone check my email and it's there. 10 minutes at a CT, they keep the form II, just stamped form I. Went over to MTO, a long wait about 30 minutes. Paid PST and got licensed. The counter clerk was asking me about safety, I told her it's brand new and don't need safety. She verified with others and got everything ready for me in 10 minutes. The reason I think is that they are dealing with used vehicle transactions all the time and don't usually deal with new vehicles, new vehicle registration is done by dealer counter, so the dealer counter clerks are familiar with new vehicle registration requirement. If you stuck, just ask them to confirm with dealer counter clerk. I was skeptical on the clearance letter at first, it was printed from Hyundai website called "Warranty Vehicle Information" and said "no outstanding campaigns". But RIV approved it no problem.The whole process is so easy, not much different than buying local. You only need to find out a US dealer willing to work with you.I figure I saved around 12K compared to buying in Canada.Thanks OP, thanks everyone contributed in this forum and everyone who sent me leads. THANKS!!!!

1997 BMW 528i Custom/Modded/Exhaust/Wheels

1997 BMW 528i Custom/Modded/Exhaust/Wheels

Sounds like a good buy and I like the ad talk.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

US dealers selling to Canadians

Auto - WOW ---- New cars from US up to 20% cheaper (cost to import under $200) - Page 328 - Forums#post5656694: "They can't sell new to Canadians But they can find slightly new ones: And these guys have had these Q7 forever. They can't seem to be able to get rid of them. One on sale for 42K US. They've had these since May."

Powerboats - 2007 20' ft Malibu Response LXi with Prestige trailer - Wakeboard Boat, Waterski Boat - Lake St. Louis (delivery available), MO, 63367 -

Powerboats - 2007 20' ft Malibu Response LXi with Prestige trailer - Wakeboard Boat, Waterski Boat - Lake St. Louis (delivery available), MO, 63367 -

A 2007 Malibu Response LXi for $39,900 incl. trailer.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Here is a Lexus link

Call Lexus of Manhattan ask for Keith or Jamale in preowned... Tell him Anthony from Canada referred you. I got a 2007 awd demo for 30k no nav.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


Quote from one of the posts on the forum about a recent purchase of an X5

2007 Bmw X5
Originally Posted by dealcatcher
how much did u pay? any duty?It isn't brand new. The US
dealer can't sell Canadian any new BMWs.I found the near mint certified X5 4.8.
It has 6k miles on speedo. and has all packages except Techno packages. A
similar new car in Canada is selling $82500 plus GST, PST and Extra TAX on V8.
It will bring the total close to 100K. Mine is listing at US $64500. and I got
it at US$60500. You don't need to pay any duty since it is made in US. no PST
since it is pre-owned. and no$3000 V8 Tax since the car is put in use before
March,07. Only GST being charged about CAD $3800. I really don't know how much I
saved, but i know you can't never get such a bargain here in Canada. BMWs in
Canada is so overpriced. I also saw lot of 06 BMW 325i in the dealership while I
am waiting for the paperworks done. They are around $32000 with most 11k mile on
speedo. Good luck on finding yours. you can go to to search preowned
cars closer to where you live. Good Luck finding yours.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Toyota Sienna info

First post

After doing some research on vehicle , and carefully compare option by option. I
can see the price different between US and Canada is around 6-7000$ as of today
rate exchange (almost 1 to 1).Toyota Sienna CE in US has lesser option than
Toyota Sienna CE in CanadaAndToyota Sienna LE in US has lesser option too than
Toyota Sienna LE in Canada. so I need to add all the options to get the price
differents.Yes we save money but unfortunely I didn't see 12k or 10k saving yet.


My findings - I think if you are good at negotiating here in Canada you
could get about 2000-2500$ off MSRP price from Sienna. That is what I heared.In
US Sienna LE + Pckg 2 is roughly equal to Canadian Sienna LE. Did you find any
more options on Canadian Sienna?In US Sienna LE + Pckg 2 is sold for about
26000, maybe 27000 all fees are in (but no import fee or canadian tax). In
Canada Sienna LE cost :37225 - 2225$ (discount) + 1400 (delivery inspection) =
36400$.How are you getting your numbers?

First response again

Yes, I got the quote from, so is around 27455$ with alloy wheel and Daytime Running Lights (Toyota Sienna LE in Canada already has alloy wheal and daytime running lights )... you may get discount 800$ at max for 2008 model. For 2007 models, you can get around 2200$ discount.And the price has around: 27455$ + dealer fee: 600$ + transport (700$) = 28755 + 200$ (at the border) + Fee at Canadian Tire = 29000$ ... So basically we can save around 7000$ at most.


Subaru importation info

Recall Clearance Letter:
Just a note to report very helpful service from Subaru America.I had phoned them earlier about the RCL early in the week and they promised to paper mail and email a copy. (It was encouraging that on their computer we were already the registered owners for this VIN). I faxed them the bill of sale as requested. Nothing happened so I phoned again yesterday and was glad I did so as something had gone astray with the fax. I immediately faxed again - this was by then right at the end of their working day - and lo and behold the RCL was in my email first thing this morning. Great service, thanks Subaru America!The reason behind my sense of urgency was that the car is being picked up Friday, and some have reported (and its on some web sites) being asked to show the RCL at the border. I phoned RIV yesterday (my, they sounded busy!) and they confirmed that it is NOT required at the Canadian border.

Satisfied Subaru Customer

Here is a letter from the forums of a satisfied customer, that's good but an interesting sideline is where she bought the car. THe dealer is part of a greater group that includes all the great marques.

You can add me to the list!We bought a Tribeca from Kendall Subaru in
OR.They had what we were looking for and we are having it shipping here soon.
Having it shipped takes alot longer then driving it up. We saved over
$16,000!!!!!Thank you Monsieurmaggot for starting the invasion of US vehicles!We
used A&A Customs Brokers = $383.06 + Tax (they start with $250 then add all
the fees)We are using Canuck Towing to have it shipped to Regina.Here is the
dealer info:Kendall SubaruJesse Snarr1-877-833-6841Eugene ORThe Kendall Auto Group
owns the following brands:Honda + AcuraChevy + CadillacChrysler + Dodge +
JeepFordHyundaiToyota + Lexus + Scion (not sure if they export)SubaruI know it's
a bit far but they are great people to work with. The sale was way under invoice
and hold back and they still added a few accessories to the deal.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

'07 RAV 4

Here is the RAV from Eastside was sold and now back on the market.
Great deal for an '07 but there is still the duty at 6.1% which works out to about $21,218. What do you think?
If I can work a bit more out of the deal and help pay for the duty.....?
The car is cloth int. but has all the power features such as windows locks remote key entry etc
Might be a good one to turn around quickly, maybe.

Hey Graham!!
I just received a call and turns out the RAV 4 is now available!!!(That was
a quick turn around!!)I got you a deal for $19,999!!What do you think!!??Let me

Toyota in the US

Toyota West in Statesville, NCSalesman's name is Trever Hargittthargitt@toyotawest.comToyota West in Statesville, NCSalesman's name is Trever
Tell them Jason from Canada sent you

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Rav4 in LA

Here is the same search but in LA for Rav4 '07/'08

$31,004Highest price

$18,990Lowest price

$25,160Average price

'07/'08 RAV4 on Auto Trader

Here is the stats for Rav4 on Auto Trader

the search criteria was '07/'08 Rav4 within a hundred miles of Seattle
and the results turned 155 vehicles with the highest, lowest and average price.

$32,995Highest price
$21,115Lowest price
$25,921Average price

It will take some emails to find out if the Seattle dealerships will sell used to Canadians.

'08 Subaru LL Bean

Here is a quote from Valley Subaru north of Denver, it's one of the largest volume Subaru dealers in the country.

Sorry it took so long to get back to you, I could sell you a 2008 2.5i LLBean
outback for 26,400 plus tax only, no additional fees of any kind. I hope this
information helps. Please feel free to contact me if we can be of further

F350 update

Here is an interesting offer from a dealer in Oregon:

Hi Graham,Since you like how Stock# B17092 is equipped I thought that
I would give you the pricing information on it.

  • MSRP $48,710

  • Internet Price $44,669

  • Rebates $3000

  • Owner Loyalty Rebate $1000

  • Final Internet price Not Including Fees and taxes $40,669

That is one great offer so I called and I'm waiting an answer on the rebates and if they work for Canadians. Here is a link to the window sticker for this truck note the stock number top right side B17092,

If the rebates work then we have lift off...........................$40,669

Truck Buying Process

Here is a list of what's next

Go to this web site and confirm for yourself that pickup trucks are admissible into Canada. The pickup truck reference is in Section 2 under vehicle types.

After I secure the price I will introduce you to the sales person

  • I suggest you confirm everything about the truck with the sales person including a photo and the VIN number

  • Secure the deal with a deposit on a credit card

  • Ask what is the accepted way of payment is either EFT Bank Draft or personal cheque but not cash This step is important as the amount of time it takes to confirm the money is in their account varies and could have an impact on the release and trip home.

  • Send the particulars as to dealership as to who you are name, address, etc.

  • Arrange with your bank an American account in order to transfer your money, you can find a few references on the blog of what other people have done. There will be a service fee to transfer as well a fee for converting the currency.

  • The sales person Bellevue Ford will arrange to have the title info faxed to the American border at the Pacific crossing.

  • Arrange with ICBC a "binder" for coverage of the truck, have all of the particulars of the truck most importantly the VIN number, if you don't get the information that you need go to another agency until you get someone that knows what they are doing

  • 72 hours later you are able to clear the necessary paper work at the American border, this is to satisfy that the vehicle is not stolen or have any liens against it. It should take a few minutes if it is not busy, Friday is not a great day to be doing this as people are rushing to get things home for the weekend. The office at the border closes at 4pm but suggest going through no later than 2pm. Even tough it is 72 hours it does not mean that it couldn't be after the 72 hours it just means no earlier.

  • Drive to the Canadian border and tell the guard what you are doing and you will be asked to go and pay GST, RIV importation fee ($200) an air conditioning tax ($110?) There is also info on the blog about this process as well.

  • Drive home......wahoooooooo

  • Take truck to inspection facilitly, Canadian Tire, for the approval form that the vehicle has daytime running lights, speed in kilometers etc,

  • Take appropriate papers signed and stamed to ICBC for plates

  • Pay PST and insurance

  • And then show off truck

    Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    F350 Super Duty Super Price

    So let me get this straight,

    • your local dealer says that you can buy a Lariat F350 loaded for $64,000 cdn,
    • a Seattle dealer, a ferry trip and a few hours drive away, says they can sell you the same truck for $43,362us
    • with the exchange rate at 1.02% (roughly today's, rate) equals $44,229.
    • I'm doing the math, even though I was not that great at it I think the Seattle choice is better
    • add into the mix that the truck presently owned, an '02 F350 was $55,000 new
    • One could have the '08 F350 with more features for a lower price than what the '02 was new
    • add into the cost the RIV fee of $200, an air conditioning tax of $110
    • add in your time and cost to get the vehicle or it could be called a weekend away with one's special person

    Go Figure.

    Taking the mystery out of it......


    Toyota Tacoma

    Finally found a reference to importing a Tacoma and the name of a Toyota dealer that will sell to Canadians.

    Finally imported a Tacoma!!! Could have been a two day trip, but my dad wanted to tag along to see how the import process went and we took our time driving back.
    • Purchase price for my Double Cab Long Bed TRD Sport w/towing was $29,000US 'out the door'.
    • I opted for an '08 because I couldn't buy an '07 with the configuration I wanted in white.
    • The '08's have a couple TSB's implemented (stiffer suspension, etc.) over the '07's and should have a better resale value in the future.
    • I could have had an '07 for $27,750 OTT (might be even better now), but as I already stated I couldn't get the color I wanted.
    • In total, including taxes (still need to pay PST), plane tickets, hotels, DTRL parts, and food I'm in approx $35,500Compared to Canadian MSRP of $46,249.80 (taxes, freight, etc. included) I saved approx. $10,750CDN.If anyone needs the name of a US dealer still selling Toyota's just send me a PM.

    Deal with Rebecca

    Here are the final details for the completion of Subaru purchases:

    Hi Graham!!Ok...I look forward to talking to you in the morning!
    • Are you planning on taking the cars through the border onThursday? I am worried about the 72 hour wait time after wefax the paperwork to the border tomorrow.
    • If you are not planningon going through on Thursday would you like a second 3 day trip permit.Just let me know tomorrow =)
    • Also, it would be great to get a $500 deposit on each car tomorrow tosecure the deal. Credit card is fine.
    • One other thing to think about is how you would like to make the fullpayment. We can do Money Order/Cashiers Check or a wire transfer. (Wecan do a personal check, however we would have to wait for it to clearthe bank before signing the title over to you)Hope your having a great evening!!

    Becca EllingsworthEastside Subaru425-820-8993 office206-235-9289 mobile

    Monday, September 17, 2007


    The stats for an '06 Sienna in the Seattle area are:
    Highest Price - $33,995
    Lowest Price - $19986
    Average Price - $24,524

    There were only 56 listed in the '06 category on Auto Trader

    An '06 Sienna in South Pennsylvania

    Highest price - $42,984
    Lowest Price - $17,999
    Average Price - $26,712

    There were 320 Siennas listed in the South Pa. search

    '08 F350 Super Duty

    Here is a truck that might suit your needs. The sales person that sent me this is Ashley.

    Graham,Thanks for your inquiry about the '08 Ford F-350. Great news! The specific model you requested is still available and ready for sale!

    The specs of the truck are as follow:

    -Drk T. Red Exterior
    -Med. Stone Leather Interior
    -Lariat Trim
    -6.4L V8 Diesel
    -Torqshift 5-Speed Auto Trans
    -3.73 Limited Slip Axle
    -All Weather Floor Mats
    -Chrome Running Boards
    -Electronic Shift on the Fly
    -Sat. Radio
    -PTC Supplemental Heater
    -Power Sliding Rear Window
    -Camper Pkg
    -Powerscope Trailer Tow Mirrors
    -Premium 6-CD Stereo
    -Memory Group
    -Traction Control
    -Adjustable Pedals
    -Upfitter Switches
    -Heavy Duty Alternator
    -Reverse Sensing
    -Bed Extender
    -Universal Garage Door Opener
    -Tailgate Step
    -Heated Seats
    -Tow Command System

    Price quoted over the phone is $43,362 us. Because it is being plated outside of Wash. there is no tax.

    What day next week can you swing to check it out in person?!Ashley FunkInternet Sales ManagerFord of Bellevue

    Here is a link to the Bellevue Ford site and the listing of the truck.

    Check out the site and build the same truck as listed here from Seattle. I did it today for my own curiosity and came out with a F350 Super Duty SC Short Box at $60,009.

    Today's dollar closed at over .98 cents.


    I set up an account for shipping the MDX and it is a bid site, different companies bid on the contract.
    check it out here

    I also requested on online quote from this company Pakmail

    Subaru Outback deal

    Hello Graham!
    • Thank you for the time on the phone today!I really look forward to building a wonderfulbusiness relationship with you. Therefore I will make this really easy for both of us!!
    • 2008 Outback 2.5i Limited w/ VDCSilver/Automatic$24,999
    • 2007 Outback 2.5i LimitedSilver/Silver/ Automatic$22,450Let me know how you would like to proceed!I can get the paper work ready today to start the processif you wish!!

    Thanks Graham!!

    Becca EllingsworthEastside Subaru425-823-3906

    My words:

    The new price includes PDI and the only tax that is paid is the trip permit and a business tax which comes to $35 and $145

    The warranties are fully transferable.

    The car conforms to the new rule of having an immobilzer safety feature. It only applies to cars built after Sept1/07

    Sunday, September 16, 2007

    F350 Super Duty

    Here is a profile for an'08 F350 Super Duty Lariat Super Cab

    Base Price is $35,780
    Destination Charge $ 925
    Options $ 8,645

    • Dark Toreador Red
    • Mediam Stone interior
    • 6.4 Diesel V8 power stroke
    • LT 275/70R 18E Tires
    • 18" polished alumium wheels
    • Premium radio/CD/MP3
    • Leather
    • Power SeatsH.D. Alternator
    • Power rear window

    Total $45,350

    Less rebate if applicable $ 1,000

    These figures are off of the Ford U.S. site and I just put in the features that I thought you would want. They can be changed easily.

    Let me know how this profile looks to you and how it prices out here in Canada. I checked out the Ford dealer here in town and there was a Super Cab Lariat fully loaded for $65,000.

    I also did a rough search for the same truck in an '07 and an '08 used but found very little. I will continue to search and as you said the other day " I took the mystery out of it..." well, I will take the mystery out of this truck thing.


    MDX Mint 04

    here is the email that I received back from the seller of the 04 MDX in mint condition within 2 hours of requesting info.


    Thanks for the email. I am in Doylestown, PA, about 45 min north of Philadelphia.

    I bought this MDX and a Yukon XL Denali, and I am now really torn as to which one to keep. I occasionally need more room than the MDX has, and might need to tow more than 3500 lbs every now and again. But I am not sure I want to live with the Denali's size for capabilities I need infrequently.

    So I might wind up keeping the MDX and selling the Denali. I probably should pull the ad until I make up my mind. But anyway, the MDX is perfect like new, absolutely no issues. Maybe if someone waves cash I will just sell the MDX and kick myself later. Argh!


    ACURA MDX . ORG - FS: '04 MDX Touring Nav & DVD, 21K miles, MINT

    '07 OUtback used

    Here is another response from a dealer in Austin Tx. for a used '07 Ltd.

    Hi Graham -Thanks for your interest in this beautiful 2007 Outback 2.5i LTD.It is a "used" car in that it has been titled already albeit out of state. It was purchased new as a corporate fleet vehicle (i.e. company car) in Arizona where we acquired it at auction about two weeks ago. Most fleet cars are base models - it is very rare to find an almost new Outback LTD on the used car market. We snapped it up the instant we saw it.

    2007 Subaru Legacy Outback i Limited
    B4, 2.5L
    Automatic 4 Speed
    15,500 miles
    9 photos available
    $23,995 As of close of business yesterday we had this car in stock. Would you like to see it or discuss it further tomorrow (09/17/2007)?Thanks again for writing. My contact info appears below.
    Trace OrdiwayeBusiness Sales ManagerNew CarsSubaru of Dallas & Subaru of Plano

    quote for o8 Outback

    Here is the second quote received this Sun morning from Chaplins in Bellevue.

    Here is the breakdown.

    • 2.5i limited w/o vdc Invoice is 26245
    • less 2%= 25701
    • less the rebate 1000.00= 24701.

    The only other thing to add is the cost of any optional equipment that has been factory installed. and tax and licensing.
    If you want VDC it is about a 280 option.
    retail price on this car is 28040 just FYI.

    John Goodfellow
    Chaplin's Subaru Volkswagen

    08 Outback Ltd

    I received this email reply this morning Sun. Sept 16., this person has been the quickest of all the ones that I have emailed.

    Hi Graham!!Thanks for the email!
    I do work with Zach. We have helped many people Import therevehicles to Canada!!
    I do have a 2007 Outback Ltd here! However, the VDC is an Option with the 2008 models, but not an option on the 2007's.

    • As of right now I do not have any Acura MDX's. What I am going to do is give you pricing on my 2007 Outback and a new 2008 Outback. You canlet me know which one looks best for you
    • 2007 Outback LimitedSilver/Quartz Silver5,800 miles on it!Your internet Special - $24,678
    • 2008 Outback Limited w/ VDCQuartz SilverFactory installed options include:All weather floor matsauto dimming mirror w/ compass and homelinkcenter armrest extensionYou internet special after rebate - $26,125With both these vehicle's you will receive a FREE 100,000mile warranty upgrade good in Canada and US...Part of our Rainier Auto Atvantage!!
    • I know you said you are looking for these vehicles this week....are you planning oncoming down this week? Have you bought a car in the US before? Are you fimiliar withthe process....let me know if you have any questions!!!Hope your having a great day!! I look forward to talking with you soon!!Thanks!


    Cross often? Make it simple, use NEXUS

    Friday, September 14, 2007

    Great site - Automobile Protection Agency

    "The Automobile Protection Association (APA) is a membership based non-profit association dedicated to promoting consumer interests in the marketplace."

    Here is a page from their site about warranties for American purchased vehicles:


    Here are some posts I found about and EFT's

    First post
    There's some misconception here about money transfers and electronic fund transfers that need to be clarified.I will give you some insight that I personally went through.

    First of all, does not charge you for an EFT. You pay if you want it done the same day. I went with the no-charge solution.
    My EFT took three days to move over. During this time, the money didn't come out of my account. The money only came out the day the money changed accounts.
    Secondly, there is a small hassle to set up an XE account but once it's done. It's permanent. There's no maintenance fees and no charge to keep it open.XE works on a simple basis. You transfer money from one of your bank accounts to another.

    In my case I registered a Canadian CIBC chequing account as my "from" choice and set up my US CIBC chequing account as my "to" account. On XE I transfer xxx dollars from my Canadian to US account. It's done almost instantly. I had a bank draft (most banks don't use certified cheques anymore) drawn from my US account. This was all done on line. I simply showed up at CIBC and paid $6 for a Bank Draft. That was it.
    If you make a lot of US visits, then a XE account is the way to go.XE gives you better rates the more $$$ you trade. For $20,000+ business you should be able to get about .035-.045% above the current Bank of Canada rate. It's less than half a cent per dollar. You can call them to negotiate a permanent "spread" rate.

    Second post

    Originally Posted by michelb
    Actually I think US money orders are free (same as certified check) if you have borderless account ...
    This is confirmed correct. I got a US $ bank draft from TD for my car purchase & there were no fees using my borderless account.As far as best exchange rate, I found in Vancouver that going to "Vancouver Bullion & Currency Exchange" with cash, their rate saved me almost 1% on the conversion to US $ versus TD borderless rate. So $250 saved on $25k.
    They have 3 locations I am aware of. Downtown, South Granville & Richmond. I dont know if they have a website, but I just phone for the current rate. I went to the Granville location & thereafter walked 1.5 blocks to TD for the bank draft.

    Third post

    Sadly ING does not offer international transfers or provide cheques.You'll need to go to a regular bank to do that.
    Keep your cash in ING and set up a US full service account with a regular bank.Transfer it when you're ready.
    In my case, my bank wants $85 to transfer money over electronically to my US dealers' account. The dealer accepts EFTs. The other option is to bring a US certified cheque across the border. You'll need to declare anything over $10k or risk having it seized by US Customs. Some folks get a bit a grief when they declare that kind of cash.As far as the ING rate, on a $30k purchase you're still giving them almost $500. The regular bank gave me a discount exchange rate of $650!! On a $30k transfer, you should easily get a rate of $40-65 per $10k (depending on how much you actually commit to the exchange company) Sign up with a currency exchage service. It will take about a week to have them do a background check on you but on such a large purchase, it's worth the effort.There's a whole new thread possible here. Banking charges....