September 28, 2007

Look beyond price when car-shopping in the U.S., warns CAA-Quebec

Quebec, Quebec – While the exceptionally strong Canadian dollar has more motorists thinking about buying a new or used vehicle in the U.S., CAA-Quebec reminds consumers that there are key aspects to consider in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

CAA-Quebec has compared vehicles with similar features in both countries and confirms that there are significant differences in the prices of some models. “We have observed that, as the Canadian currency has approached parity with the U.S. dollar, manufacturers here have not lowered their retail prices accordingly,” says Sophie Gagnon, Director of Public and Government Affairs. “So we may well wonder when Canadian consumers will see the benefits of that parity, and be able to buy goods more cheaply here instead of going to the U.S.”

At the top of the list of necessities is a check with the Transport Canada Registrar of Imported Vehicles, to verify that the vehicle meets Canadian safety standards. It will also tell you whether any modifications will be required once the vehicle has crossed the border, such as child safety seat anchoring systems and daytime running lights, which must be done at the buyer’s expense within 45 days.

To pass the federal government’s safety standards compliance inspection, you must have a document confirming that there are no outstanding recalls on your vehicle. If you buy a used vehicle, a provincial mechanical inspection is required, at the buyer’s expense, by the Soci

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