Thursday, March 22nd, 2007. Post written by: Jim

Well, I continue on my search (and research) on importing cars from the US, and as I find out more, it doesn’t seem as daunting as it did at the start.

It turns out that Porsche dealers (franchises) in the US are not allowed to sell new Porsche cars to Canadians! This is because Porsche wants to keep Canadian prices high in a market where they feel Canadians will bear a higher price than the Americans – this is obviously reflected in the price differential of over $13,000 mentioned earlier. I’d say consumers might have an antitrust case against Porsche? :D


That rules out buying a new porsche from the south. But, Porsche can’t stop the¬†purchase of slightly used porsche from the US, the only stipulation is that the warranty is void in Canada, and if I ever wanted servicing or whatever might come up, I’d just have to bring the car down to the dealer in the US.

I found a 2006 Porsche Cayman S at a Porsche dealer down in the US. It’s a Guards red / Tan interior, with only 4,200miles on it, and it’s fully loaded with pretty much all the good options including a navigation system. The price tag on it is $63,000USD. I configured a similar porsche at porsche.ca and that would come out to about $120,000CAD (after taxes). If I paid sticker price for this red Cayman (IF), after 6.1% duty, taxes, fees, inspection, modification etc… I would save myself around $20,000 to $25,000CAD. Of course, this is just estimating…

porsche cayman s
Photos borrowed¬†from the dealer’s site.

porsche cayman s

I called RIV (registrar of imported vehcles) today to confirm that a 2006 Porsche Cayman S is admissible into Canada, which it is. I also ask about the modifications that will be needed once the car is brought into Canada to meet Canadian safety standards, and it’s pretty basic, and much simpler than I originally thought. Basically, the only modifications that will be needed will be:

  • 1. Day light driving lights
  • 2. Change speedometer from miles to kilometers. (I was told the inspection agency will provide some kind of marker to show KMs on the speedo.)

And that’s it!

Oh, I also found a customs broker in Surrey (AA customs broker who also runs myborderpro.com for ebay motors), and they can actually take care of the entire importing process for you. The cost to me is $250CAD for their services, and about $700CAD to get the vehicle shipped up here, which they can also arrange for me.

Next step, learn to drive a stick! LOL… Yeah, that is my next step. Driving for over 12years, I still haven’t learnt to drive a stick. I have arrange for a lesson or two with a driving school for $40/hr. I figured an hour or two should be enough for me to get the hang of it.

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