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Anyone have experience buying a Fiero in Canada and bringing it into the US? by PARAD0X
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Report this Post03-25-2017 10:11 AM Click Here to See the Profile for PARAD0XSend a Private Message to PARAD0XEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
In the process of buying a Fiero from Canada, and am just looking to see if anyone has experience in getting one from up there ?
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I've brought two Fieros across the border going the other way. The paperwork was straightforward enough... but it was a couple of border agents from both countries that made it a miserable experience for me. Some individuals shouldn't be allowed to deal with the public, especially while in a position of authority.

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Report this Post03-26-2017 12:06 AM Click Here to See the Profile for PARAD0XSend a Private Message to PARAD0XEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Patrick:

I've brought two Fieros across the border going the other way. The paperwork was straightforward enough... but it was a couple of border agents from both countries that made it a miserable experience for me. Some individuals shouldn't be allowed to deal with the public, especially while in a position of authority.



Did you drive them or ship them? What was it like at customs?
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I've brought two Fieros across the border going the other way. The paperwork was straightforward enough...

...but it was a couple of border agents from both countries that made it a miserable experience for me.
Some individuals shouldn't be allowed to deal with the public, especially while in a position of authority.



I think the get special training for that - if they weren't already asshats when they joined.

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Originally posted by PARAD0X:

Did you drive them or ship them? What was it like at customs?


We trailered them, as neither car ran. Even though I had all the paperwork in order, and I've never had any brushes with the law, I was treated like I was attempting to smuggle drugs across the border.

 
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I think the get special training for that - if they weren't already asshats when they joined.


I gotta say, a few border agents I've met are actually nice enough, but man oh man, some of them are complete... yep, asshats.
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Report this Post03-26-2017 05:22 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Neils88Click Here to Email Neils88Send a Private Message to Neils88Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I know at least one nice one when we go through the border....of course he's my brother in law, so he has to be nice to us...
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hat did you buy and from which province?
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What did you buy and from which province?

Well, the deal isn't finalized, so I'd rather not say anything yet, but the car is up in your neck of the woods. It's going to be a pretty extensive trip, but well worth it. I'll share once it's a done deal.

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Report this Post03-27-2017 03:02 AM Click Here to See the Profile for canfirstClick Here to Email canfirstSend a Private Message to canfirstEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I purchased a gorgeous low mileage 1985 Fiero GT off eBay that was owned by a PFF member and had it shipped by a Canadian transport company to Canada without any problems. The Canadian transport Company looked after the import paperwork and all I had to do was supply them with the original title and bill of sale.
I sold the Fiero to another fellow in Canada and years later the previous PFF owner purchased it back and had it shipped to the U.S. by a US transport company without any issues.
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Hmm...stab in the dark here...Bubajoexxx/2m8's car, at a guess.
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That's probably a good guess as he doesn't have it posted for sale anymore
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http://oppositelock.kinja.c...erience-o-1788427851

This is an article I wrote about my friend's experience importing a truck back to the USA. It should give you some good info.

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I haul cars back and forth from US to Canada, its a straight forward process. If you don't want to do the leg work yourself I can recommend a broker who will do all the paperwork for you, fee is around 100-150.
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Hey guys, no, it's not bubbajoe's car. I've been looking into shipping and so far carriers / brokers want $1,500 plus customs fees at the low end $2,500 at the high end). I can fly in and drive it home for less than half of the lower end quotes. I'm leaning that way at the moment. I've got a little while before I have to make the final decision, I just want to make sure I don't get hung up at the border.

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http://oppositelock.kinja.c...erience-o-1788427851

This is an article I wrote about my friend's experience importing a truck back to the USA. It should give you some good info.



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I haul cars back and forth from US to Canada, its a straight forward process. If you don't want to do the leg work yourself I can recommend a broker who will do all the paperwork for you, fee is around 100-150.


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Well, the deal isn't finalized, so I'd rather not say anything yet, but the car is up in your neck of the woods. It's going to be a pretty extensive trip, but well worth it. I'll share once it's a done deal.



I know, i know !! No worries though i won't spill the beans. 😉 Glad this is working out. Still jealous. 👍 Tony

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I know, i know !! No worries though i won't spill the beans. 😉 Glad this is working out. Still jealous. 👍 Tony



Haha shhh. Yep this is moving towards a wonderful result, just trying to get the logistics handled.

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Report this Post03-29-2017 03:36 PM Click Here to See the Profile for PARAD0XSend a Private Message to PARAD0XEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
A member is doing me a solid and is going to take a look at the car for me. I might have found a way to get the car here without me having to grab a new passport. Fingers crossed.
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A member is doing me a solid and is going to take a look at the car for me. I might have found a way to get the car here without me having to grab a new passport. Fingers crossed.
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Payment has been accepted, and the car just needs to be recovered. More details coming. In the meantime, here is the car in question...

//www.fiero.nl/forum/A...120111-1-082747.html

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Took a while for the check to clear. For anyone interested in buying a car across US borders, something to keep in mind... I sent a bank drawn cashier's check. Even though my bank has a location in Toronto, the seller deposited it into their bank. Well, their bank put a 15 day hold on the check because it had a US origin and was in US currency. I got the text Friday that they finally released the funds and that the car could be retrieved.

When the seller tried to start the car, it was turning over but wouldn't start. He didn't want to mess with it since he was sacrificing it anyway, and knocked roughly 25 - 30% off the purchase price. There are a couple of forum members up there that are going to help me out by grabbing the car and trying to sort out the starting issue. The car did sit for a while, so the tank will be dropped and the fuel system will be gone through up there to see if it can be resolved easily. If it's more complicated, I'll have it trailered down.

I know I'm taking a risk here, but I already have a running and driving '85 GT, a spare 3800 SC, and a rust free space frame that someone went through the expense of fully powder coating to use for any issues. I figure being able to buy Italo's old car for a smidge above $2k was something I couldn't resist. The wheels and tires alone probably would have cost me what I paid for the car. The fact that it has a 3800SC in it already, with a ton of custom body touches, just made it that much harder to turn down. I'll try to have more news this month.

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Here are a few more recent pics of the car....







My favorite...sort of. I kind of wish they hadn't molded in the fender flares like this. The lines would have been much cleaner without them. Not to offend whoever did them, but they left it looking kind of lumpy and uneven. I'm going to see if it's possible to remove the flares.



It didn't look as exaggerated here, I would have been perfectly happy with this.



I'm not going to lie, I'm definitely not a fan of this...

It will have to go.

Edit to add an engine bay pic... It will need to be tidied up a bit...

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Mario (Quad GT) just picked the car up for me. He brought a spare battery and some "super fuel". They got the car to start, but it has really old gas in it, and needs to be looked over, so he didn't run it much. Jon, the previous was reluctant to give the car up, and I'm sure it stings a bit, but I'm definitely going to take care of it. He'll be happy with what I do, I'm sure. Here the car is as Mario picked it up for me...



The red interior will be for sale in the Mall as soon as the car gets here haha.
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Car is out of the shop and running. It turns out it was a wire / connection. It had something to do with fuel injector pulse...? Anyway, I'll be starting the process of getting it home next week.
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Report this Post05-27-2017 12:18 AM Click Here to See the Profile for exoticseClick Here to Email exoticseSend a Private Message to exoticseEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Congrats man !! So glad i could help this baby finda new home ! Can't wait to see what you do with her.
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Congrats man !! So glad i could help this baby finda new home ! Can't wait to see what you do with her.


Thanks Tony. I owe you big time. Quad GT has been helping me behind the scenes as well, great guy, can't say enough good things about him. He said my car is faster than his 3800 swap. Joe Trentadue built this car but I can't pin him down for a build summary, and Jon didn't give any info. So, at this point I have no idea what the car has had done already. I do know it's not a stock 3800SC, it has Vette brakes, and it's lowered to the point where the shop couldn't get anything under it to raise it.

I have a F23, a different interior, and some other goodies waiting for it. I need to see what condition the space frame is in rust wise. There might be a healthy mall thread coming to slim down some of what I had colllected since this is making me rethink some stuff.
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Report this Post05-29-2017 03:23 PM Click Here to See the Profile for PARAD0XSend a Private Message to PARAD0XEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Need a bodywork guy. The rear fender flares and glasswork around them need to be fixed. Prefer someone in the southern US. I sent Jimmy S at Fiero Fiberglass an email. Still taking names.
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