Importing a vehicle from Canada is easy!

Just 6 simple steps:

1. Verify Importation

Look for the verified badge on a ShiftGate vehicle listing that confirms importation is authorized to the U.S.

2. Win an Auction

Do your due diligence, bid & successfully win the auction for the vehicle you are dreaming about.

3. Finalize Sale

Work with the vehicle’s seller to arrange payment/transport and gather necessary documents for exportation.

4. Contact BorderBuddy

Submit your documents to our recommended broker to prepare forms & paperwork for importation.

5. Arrange Transport

Book transport to ship the vehicle to your home. If you are picking up in person, enjoy the road trip!

6. Register at DMV

Once the vehicle is safely home, head to your local DMV and have your new vehicle titled as per your state's regulations

Your classic is calling

The nitty gritty of importing

We highly recommend working with a reputable broker.
You can import a vehicle yourself but be prepared for unexpected challenges. Otherwise do what we do: contact our official partner broker, BorderBuddy. BorderBuddy will make sure to acquire & prepare all the documentation needed and have your vehicle setup to quickly cross the border. All you’ll need to do is coordinate your transporter and pay the import fees online. Below is a list of paperwork required for properly importing/exporting:

Older vehicles: 25 years or older (1886-1996)
Lucky you! These vehicles are exempt from all U.S. DOT & EPA requirements. You will need the following documents to import your new classic:

  • 1. Bill of Sale
    Any Bill of Sale is okay. Download a Bill of Sale.
  • 2. Canadian Registration
    This is Canada’s equivalent to a US vehicle title.
  • 3. EPA Form 3520-1
    Though your vehicle is exempt, you’ll still need this form. A broker would take care of it. Download EPA Form 3520-1.
  • 4. DOT form HS-7
    Though your vehicle is exempt, you’ll still need this form. A broker would take care of it. Download DOT Form HS-7.
  • 5. Importer Declaration Form (only if necessary)
    If the vehicle was originally sold in the U.S. then this form is required to be filled out by the buyer in order to import it back in. Download Importer Declaration Form.
  • 6. Foreign Shippers Declaration Form
    If the vehicle was originally sold in the U.S. then this form is required to be filled out by the seller in order to export it back. Download Foreign Shippers Declaration Form.

Newer Vehicles: (1996 – today)
Vehicles made after 1996 need to have been sold in North America when the model was originally new. The documentation requirements are the same as older vehicles but, in addition, will need to have either EPA/DOT stickers or a Letter of Complicance from the manufacturer. Without this you can’t import to the United States until it’s at least 25 years old. Some vehicles may already be pre-approved so check this list.

  • 1. Bill of Sale
    Any Bill of Sale is okay. Download a Bill of Sale.
  • 2. Canadian Registration
    This is Canada’s equivalent to a US vehicle title.
  • 3. EPA Form 3520-1
    Though your vehicle is exempt, you’ll still need this form. A broker would take care of it. Download EPA Form 3520-1.
  • 4. DOT form HS-7
    Though your vehicle is exempt, you’ll still need this form. A broker would take care of it. Download DOT Form HS-7.
  • 5. Letter of Compliance (only if necessary)
    If the vehicle does not have EPA or DOT stickers then it will need a compliance letter from the vehicle’s manufacturer. You can request one from most vehicle manufacturer’s U.S. customer service. If you cannot acquire this letter the vehicle will need to be modified through U.S. Registered Importer.
  • 6. Importer Declaration Form (only if necessary)
    If the vehicle was originally sold in the U.S. then this form is required to be filled out by the buyer in order to import it back in. Download Importer Declaration Form.
  • 7. Foreign Shippers Declaration Form (only if necessary)
    If the vehicle was originally sold in the U.S. then this form is required to be filled out by the seller in order to export it back. Download Foreign Shippers Declaration Form.

Duties & Fees

We recommend working with a broker as they take care of all the necessary paperwork and clear your vehicle through customs. Duty for cars is assessed at 2.5% of the price purchased and at 25% for trucks. Please be aware that there can be additional fees and taxes assessed along with a mandatory time period of ownership. For more info refer to the U.S. Customs & Border Protection site.

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