Importing a Car to Canada? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you have relocated to Canada and want your vehicle to be imported to the country as well or if you are a Canadian but planning to import a foreign vehicle, you need to be up to date with all the rules and regulations that you need to follow before you can actually import a car to Canada.  Here are a few things that you should know before you import your car to Canada:

  1. Authority for Monitoring of Imports of Vehicles- Unlike other countries, Transport Canada is the authority that monitors all the vehicles that are imported to Canada. This authority enforces the Motor Vehicle Safety Act on manufacturers as well as importation of vehicles and equipment. This has been done to reduce the risk of injury, death and property damage as well as environmental considerations. If you import to Canada with Clearit.ca or any other import company, you don’t have to worry about this authority as they would take care of everything.
  2. Complying with Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Act- As mentioned above, Canada MVSA is to be complied by all vehicles that are being imported to Canada as they will be driven on the public roads. Vehicles that are meant for off-road work must also comply with MVSA. This includes all vehicles that are to be driven in Canada, including off-road motorcycles, snowmobiles, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), private vehicles, and public vehicles.
  3. Modified Vehicles Need a Proper Certification That Contains Details That It Complies with the Country Standards- Modified vehicles are no longer admissible in the country as once it gets modified, the original factory certification no longer applies. This certification is important for importation, which is why they are no longer allowed. Without a proof that the modifications comply with Canadian standards, you are no longer allowed to import modified vehicles.
  4. Complying with Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards- Another important certification that you vehicle needs is complying with CMVSS at the time of assembly. Any vehicle, which doesn’t comply with these standards, must have a certification stating that it can be modified to comply with them. Without proper certification and papers, it is impossible to import the vehicle to Canada.

Now that you know the important things about importing a car to Canada, go ahead and import your favorite car to your favorite country.