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Mark, a good suggestion has come up recently - when you have the PPI done, have the daytime running lights installed and the speedo switched right then and there, assuming the car passes the PPI satisfactorily. The speedo switch is just a matter of turning holding a little dial on the dashboard to the left for 6 seconds, so I'm sure there'd be no charge for that. As far as I understand, The DRLs on a 986/996-based boxster/911 needs only a wiring hack, which cost me about $60 locally.

Good luck in your search!
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Mark, a good suggestion has come up recently - when you have the PPI done, have the daytime running lights installed and the speedo switched right then and there, assuming the car passes the PPI satisfactorily. The speedo switch is just a matter of turning holding a little dial on the dashboard to the left for 6 seconds, so I'm sure there'd be no charge for that. As far as I understand, The DRLs on a 986/996-based boxster/911 needs only a wiring hack, which cost me about $60 locally.

Good luck in your search!
Excellent idea! But I was planning on having the closest Porsche dealer (wherever I buy the car) do the PPI. Would Porsche be more expensive than if I were to have it done locally (in Quebec)? It sounds like the Speedo is something I can do. The lights, well... better get a professional to do that.

I'll also have to make certain that the work is done only after a positive inspection. I'm sure if I don't buy the car the existing owner wouldn't be too thrilled with daytime running lights and a speedometer in KMs.


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Yes, dealerships are pretty much always more expensive than independent shops. That's why they're called "stealerships"

Speedo is definitely something you can do yourself, even at a red light on your way to the RIV inspection!
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I've found the DRL hack online and I will do it myself. It is easily done and I'm a specialist with wiring. So it'll be pretty simple. The only thing I still need is the Airbag Warning Sticker in French. I'll keep looking for that one.


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It's totally unofficial and dependant on what the individual inspector's like, but apparently most of them don't really care about the airbag sticker. It's kind of a dumb rule anyway. I didn't have one (completely forgot about it, actually) when I had the boxster inspected. He didn't care. I don't think he even noticed, though he did check it off on the form.
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NY Tax Exempt?

So I am taking the plunge and will be buying my 1993 911 near New York City. I want to fly down to pick up the car and drive it home to Ottawa. Three questions:

1) What do I need to do to avoid paying the NY Sales Tax?
2) Am I better off using a 10 day trip permit from the Ontario DOT or a 30 day temporary permit from the NY DMV?
3) Anybody have experience bringing a car across at Alexandria Bay, NY?

Thanks for your help.
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Mark, Congratulations! I get mine on Oct 6 in GA. I am going to use the in-transit tag from the dealer selling me the car. Since I am from outside of GA (and U.S.) I do not pay any taxes. What I suggest you do is call the DMV in New York State and verify with them the costs. They will most likely tell you that you will have to get the "In-transit tag" from a notary (if this is a private sale). And I would also call the U.S. border crossing to see if you can just fax the paperwork 3 days ahead of time. I called the Champlain, NY border crossing and they want the actual Title and copy of the sales receipt. So I am having the dealer courier the documents to them. Plus they told me that they are not open on weekends. So I will bring the car across on our holiday Monday.

The price is right at this time. If the Canadian dollar keeps going up, your car keeps getting cheaper.


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A Canadian can not drive a car across the border (into Canada) with US plates, not sure about the temporary plates. I would buy a NY temporary and use it up to near the border. Switch to an Ontario plates near the border.

The best way is to get a set of dealer plates, they work everywhere.
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My story:

This morning I imported a 1999 996 C2 Aero at the Ogdensburg/Prescott Crossing near Brockville, ON (very close to where the 416 meets the 401 south of Ottawa).

I cross here often to pick up UPS shipments in Ogdensburg, as it's only 40 minutes from my house. The crossing is always very quiet. This is the 2nd vehicle I've imported at this crossing (the first was a diesel Ford Excursion I use as a tow vehicle that I imported 2 years ago).

I knew the process ahead of time, and had all of the paperwork in good order.

I called the Ogdensburg border and specifically asked about whether they required 72 business hours, or 72 consecutive hours. They replied that 72 consecutive hours (weekend or not) was acceptable, but cars could only be presented for export between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday. They also do not accept faxed titles.

I had the title and bill of sale FedExed to me last Wednesday, and dropped it off Wednesday at 6pm at Ogdensburg in person.

I faxed the Bill of Sale to PCNA and they faxed me the recall clearance letter within 5 days. They were VERY, VERY nice and helpful.

I flew to Atlanta on Saturday afternoon, and drove from Atlanta to Watertown, NY on Sunday (yesterday). The dealer I bought the car form provided a 60 day Georgia state temp tag as part of the deal. I stayed in Watertown and presented the car at the Ogdensburg border at 8:30am this morning. Total time at the US border was 10 minutes exactly.

Drove over the bridge and declared the car. Told the inspecting officer exactly what I paid for the car, and that I had all documentation prepared. She advised me to park and come inside.

The officer inside took my information, filled out the RIV form, charged my AMEX for the GTS, A/C Tax, and Duty. She told me that she could not take my RIV fee, but gave me instructions to do it online when I got home (did it as soon as I got home, took about 30 seconds). She then told me to enjoy the car, and hoped for a long warm fall. AND THAT WAS IT.

They didn't once actually look at the car at the Canadian border. Very helpful, very friendly, and no waiting what so ever. Even if you live as far West as Toronto, I encourage you to import your car at the Ogdensburg/Prescott crossing.

I drove up to the US border at 8:30, and I was on the 416 heading home by 9:20, so all in all, less then an hour of total time spent at the border.

By the way, they had no issues with the North Carolina plate I had on the Excursion when I imported it, and have no problem with the Georgia temp tag I have on the 911 now.

With the dollar at par, there is absolutely NO REASON why consumers shouldn't buy US market cars and import them. If you spend an hour or two ahead of time and get all of your paperwork (as described in this thread) in order, it's practically zero hassle.

In terms of proof of actual amount paid, I made sure I had plenty of ammo for that, including the receipt for the wire transfer, the wire transfer instructions I had faxed from the dealership, the add from AutoTrader.com (showing the asking price) and the bill of sale which indicated the price in numbers (i.e. $20,000) and English (i.e. Twenty Thousand Dollars).

-Matt - happily motoring in my first P-car.
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Matt, congrats on your new porsche. I am looking to Import one into Canada too, and I've done all my homework, but I'm having trouble finding the answers to 2 questions.

They are: What is the rate of duty that you pay when importing the car into Canada? If a car was Made in the USA (GM or Ford for example) you wont have to pay this duty, But usually with European made cars you have to pay a 6 or 7 percent duty along with the tax you pay at the border. Did you have to pay the duty, and if so, what was the rate?

Also, Canadian requirements are that the car have a 5mph bumper. Most US cars dont meet this and therefore need to be modified, which can cost alot of $$. Do you know if a 2000 Porsche 911 or a 1998 Porsche Boxster would need these modifications?

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Duty is 6.1% last time I checked + GST. PST you pay when you register.

I drove it over at the Port Huron/Sarnia border. They accept faxed titles. Just make sure you have the proof of fax transmittal page cause they might lose your fax like they did for me. They are open to vehicle exports 24/7. I crossed at 1am.

I had some hiccups but they were all resolved by very kind and helpful border agents on both sides.
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Talk about ironic! i just started reading into all this a few days ago and started reading these forums on this site yesterday and was looking into importing a Porsche into Canada and then just today this was released in the news:

http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/260295
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Wow, is that ever gratifying to read - thanks for posting it. I'd like to think we all here and over on rennlist contributed significantly to this!
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Christien your right, I really believe that all you Porsche owners that were out there importing Porsches into Canada made them realize they had to do something about it to save their Canadian dealers. And obvoiusly lowering the price on new models by up to 10% is a much better solution than just denying the customers the ability to import a Porsche.
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Funny thing on that is the Porsche Dealership in AL was having a 10% sale on ALL inventory. This just made the difference from US/Canada the same again! Importing a 06 Cayenne S and was there getting a VIN check, inspection and a Recall letter made up.
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Hi completely new to this! I will be bringing in a Porsche Boxster S into Quebec, was directed to this site really useful. Seems to me the DRL's could be an issue, can anyone give me the link to hack the wiring for this issue. Or any other helpfuls tips! thx

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Mark, Congratulations! I get mine on Oct 6 in GA. I am going to use the in-transit tag from the dealer selling me the car. Since I am from outside of GA (and U.S.) I do not pay any taxes. What I suggest you do is call the DMV in New York State and verify with them the costs. They will most likely tell you that you will have to get the "In-transit tag" from a notary (if this is a private sale). And I would also call the U.S. border crossing to see if you can just fax the paperwork 3 days ahead of time. I called the Champlain, NY border crossing and they want the actual Title and copy of the sales receipt. So I am having the dealer courier the documents to them. Plus they told me that they are not open on weekends. So I will bring the car across on our holiday Monday.

The price is right at this time. If the Canadian dollar keeps going up, your car keeps getting cheaper.


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Hey mark how did you get around this I am buying a porsche boxter from dealer in GA in the next 2 weeks and the dealer tells me there is no way he can get around the state tax issue. He knows I am from Quebec and a non US resident He says I am ok to drive thru border with dealer temp plate says it's good for 30 days. what advise can you give! thx
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I've found the DRL hack online and I will do it myself. It is easily done and I'm a specialist with wiring. So it'll be pretty simple. The only thing I still need is the Airbag Warning Sticker in French. I'll keep looking for that one.


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Hi Mark I am new to chat lines, ...hope I am doing this right. I am looking at bring a Boxster S 2004 in from the US and help I can get with DRL wiring and french airbag stickers will be a big help. THX!!!
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Hey mark how did you get around this I am buying a porsche boxter from dealer in GA in the next 2 weeks and the dealer tells me there is no way he can get around the state tax issue. He knows I am from Quebec and a non US resident He says I am ok to drive thru border with dealer temp plate says it's good for 30 days. what advise can you give! thx
Have the dealer fill out the Department of Revenue (State of Georgia) form ST-8 (rev. 12/01). This is the Nonresident Certificate of Exemption Purchase of Motor Vehicle.

With this form complete you should be OK for avoiding the State Tax. Another idea would be to have the car shipped to Champlain, NY and meet the trcuk there. We paid $700 for this. It would have cost us more to fly to Atlanta and drive it back (with 2 nights hotel and food). The We will be meeting our darling tomorrow in Champlain, NY to bring her across to Canada.

As for the DRL, there is a hack available on the 'net here: http://www.whiteson.org/boxster/mods/drl/

Lastly, for the Airbag sticker, take one from an exisiting car (any car, go to the scrap yard) and glue it on the visor. When Canadian Tire reviews the car, they will see the sticker. It does not have to be from a Porsche (he's not going to read it).


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As to the air bag sticker you could make your own if you have a card/sticker program such as Microsoft Works. Take a picture of the sticker in your existing car and import it into the program and then print as many as you need. You would have to buy some stickers. Altho taking one off a wreck would be easier and enviromentally friendly.
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