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Old 01-14-2016, 07:05 PM
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Buying a boat out of the country

Dont know if anyone has noticed, but canadian exchange rates seem to be pretty good on the USD. Has anyone bought a boat from Canada and brought it in? More importantly, has anyone bought a boat from canada and imported it into California?

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Old 01-14-2016, 10:25 PM
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I bought a Gibson houseboat in Canada last summer. You need to call US Customs and get the paperwork to bring it in. No tax, just pay sales tax when you register it in your state. Make sure you have the Canadian license and bill of sale.
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:46 PM
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Old 01-15-2016, 01:03 AM
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There was an active thread on this topic just a couple of weeks ago. (Sorry, I don't have time to search for it at the moment.)
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Old 01-15-2016, 09:37 AM
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Most of the canadian dealers will do most of this for you. If you find one. give them a call. If its fairly new it probably wont be an issue to bring it into cali.
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Old 01-15-2016, 09:54 AM
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It is likely easier than you would think. It is the same with used vehicles right now. Our used vehicle prices are skyrocketing, because we are competing with exporters. When I bought my pickup, I asked the dealer about the 1 and 2 year old units on the lot, and he showed me they were going for the same price as new, as the wholesalers were buyiing them up and shipping them south. The same thing is possible with a boat, just a lot lower volume. I wouldn't hesitate to do it. Back in 2008, when the economy was struggling in the US, and the Canadian dollar was strong, I imported a boat from the US. It wasn't difficult at all, just a little extra paperwork.
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