Please comment: how much benefit on US purchase?
I'm not criticizing anyone who has bought a 2012 US-model and imported it. Just trying to figure out how worthwhile it is for us. So far I'm not able to build a compelling case. So if I've made incorrect assumptions or overlooked important details, please help me out.
EX-L RES in Canada:
$40,990 MSRP & $1,590 freight/PDI. Add taxes (12% for me) = $47,690
Also add the Cdn $100 AC tax, the $22.50 tire tax, and GST/PST on both (so $137)
EX-L RES, US model imported to Canada:
$36,475 MSRP & $810 freight/PDI = $37,285 USD. Add $1,640 CDN for exchange (current RBC rate). Add 12% taxes = $43,597 CDN
Also add the same $137 above for AC & tire taxes. Add $195 RIV fee, est $150 temp transfer permit/insurance, $750 speedometer group conversion, GST/PST on those extras = $1,364. (This is assuming the US models have day running lights - which I'm not sure of - otherwise add even more for that. Also assuming I won't need a provincial safety for $75 in hopes that they'll register a brand-new vehicle without, regardless if it came from USA).
So in end comparison, I save $2,867 and I have to consider the following:
1) I have NO WARRANTY!
2) possible future resale may be slightly affected by having imperial read-out on the interior temperature controls
3) some of the $2,867 will be eaten up by driving or a one-way short-haul flight to get this vehicle, as well as hotel/food/gas for the return trip.
It just doesn't look like it makes sense even though the initial MSRP difference looks dramatic.
What I would really like to have in Cdn models is EX-L without RES. But pricing that as above, I still come out to $43,089 at the end. So my savings are $4,737 but offset by having the points 1,2,3 above as well as that I've paid less because I'm actually buying less (no RES).
Being a Cdn buyer, I'd be inelligigle for the better financing rates in the lower-48, so unless the US dealers are selling much deeper off MSRP than are Canadian dealers, how can importing a brand-new US van make sense?
Thanks for reading and commenting!