Importing A Car From The USA To Quebec Canada
Are you thinking of moving a car you’ve just bought in the U.S to Canada? Or maybe you’re moving to Canada and want to bring along your vehicle? Well, the good thing is, we are here to help you out with our advice as well as professional car shipping service.
Please read this guide below to find out what you need to do to import a car from the USA to Quebec, Canada and what’s the best way to do it. So let’s dive right in:
What Are the Legalities Involved?
The first thing and most important thing you need to worry about is dealing with the customs and documents to show at the border that legalize your import into the country. However, that’s not as complicated as some websites make it to be.
We’ve already done a great deal of discussion over car import legalities on our website. Make sure to read this article to know everything. Once you’re familiar with the entire process, then you need to worry about moving the car from the seller’s location to your garage. This is where the next question comes into play:
Drive or Hire a Pro?
The total distance from the U.S to Quebec ranges from a few hundred miles to thousands of miles, depending on where the car seller is located. So if it’s closer to Quebec, you can drive the car yourself, but hiring a pro will be a good choice if it's over a thousand miles.
Although we suggest hiring a professional car transport company, even if it’s a few hundred miles, it’s up to you and how much risk you’re willing to take with the car you’ve never driven before. Here are a few practical reasons why we suggest going for a pro:
The number 1 reason for hiring a professional auto shipping company is that there’ll be absolutely no risk involved. You’ll be chilling at home while the carrier will be doing all the leg work. Since you’ve just purchased the car, you don’t know if it needs some work or if it’s ready to be driven hundreds or thousands of miles to a new country.
Of course, the seller will sing songs about his/her car's excellent condition, but the truth comes out when the vehicle is driven for long distances, and you don’t want to find it out when moving it across the border.
Help with Documentations:
Another reason why you should work with professional car transport companies – they help with complex legal and customs documents. We’ve already made a guide about the documentation and legal process.
But if you want to avoid doing all that and let someone else handle most of the things for you, hiring a professional auto shipping company is the right thing to do.
They also have connections with customs and are trusted by them as they move cars in and out of the country many times a day. So the good folks at the border will not give them a tough time.
Enclosed vs. Open Carrier:
If you’ve decided to hire a vehicle transport company to move your car from the U.S to Quebec, then there’s only one thing left to do; deciding the type of container. If you’ve bought a regular use car then you can go for an open carrier; it’s cheaper and reliable.
However, if your car is expensive and you want to protect it well during the journey, go for an enclosed container. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s both reliable and extremely secure.