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Hello fellow MS3 fanatics,

First, let me thank all of you for your contributions to this forum. Although I don't post a lot, I have taken a tremendous amount of information from the site by closely following the Speed3 threads. I am the proud owner of a Sunlight Silver MS3, which I picked up from the dealer on Tuesday. The reason I thought others might want to hear my experience is because I bought the car in the U.S.A. and have imported it into Canada. I know a number of people on the Mazda Canada forum are wanting to do this same thing, but are unsure on what to do.

The reason I imported was mainly for color. When I ordered my MS3 in August, the only color available to Canada was True Red which was not my favorite color. I would have loved a yellow or orange choice but favored silver of all the available choices. I ordered the Grand Touring model w/o navigation or sattelite radio. I was also impressed with the leather upgrade to the interior, which is not available to Canadians.

The first place I learned about importation to Canada was on a local car forum, www.beyond.ca, particularly this thread, http://forums.beyond.ca/showthread.php?s=dacbce08319708727ca9de8ea9319444&threadid=107279 and http://forums.beyond.ca/showthread.php?s=&threadid=135570. The other important site is the Registry of Imported Vehicles site, www.riv.ca.

Essentially I found a dealership that was willing to sell to me for MSRP and wasn't too far of a drive from Alberta. I then ordered the car and simply wired the money to the dealership when it arrived. I booked flights to the dealer's city and faxed the required information to the U.S. border 5 business days prior to my crossing. (72 hours is req'd, but I wanted to play it safe). After picking up the car, I drove to the border and crossed with no difficulties. The U.S. Customs verified my Bill of Sale, Certificate of Origin and VIN and stamped my papers. I then went to the Canadian border office and payed the GST, duty, RIV fee and excise tax. I found the experience to be very pleasant and wouldn't hesitate to bring back another vehicle from the U.S. I will have Daytime Running Lights installed on Wednesday followed by a Federal Inspection. When I receive my paperwork from RIV, the car will be deemed Canadian.

I did end up saving some money in the deal as well, but as I stated earlier that was not my ultimate goal. After accounting for dollar exchange, GST, duty, RIV fee, excise tax, flights and hotels, I saved approximately $2000 CDN.

If other Canadians are interested in importing a Mazda, let me know and I will put you in contact with the Sales Manager. The dealership I used was excellent in all regards.

Hopefully now that I have the vehicle I can contribute to the forum even more. If you haven't seen how the MS3 looks with 17" Mazda6 wheels, check out my winter setup.

Dwayne

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Wow. I had been thinking of doing this as well, but having white kept me on this side of the border. I'm glad someone was able to do it though and indeed, your car will be very unique on Canadian roads.

All the best!

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OMG I want it! That Silcer is sexy as hell!
I have a silver 3 now, and the color has totally grown on me. It looks absolutely amazing at night and doesn't attract so much attention during the day... F*** the Po Po
 

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glad you were able to import a us model to canada...yeah you guys dont have too many options.

i would've killed for a white ms3, but didnt want the hassle. trying to track one of 250 woulda been more effort than i would have been able to give.

as for your winter mode setup.

my black GT is sitting on 17" sport 6 wheels with some blizzaks. my car has a twin in silver.

props for trying to help out the speed3 community!
 

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Yes, the limited availability was another problem. When I called my local dealership about looking at one of the True Red MS3's, he laughed at me and said they had all (read both) been reserved and I would be lucky to get one in a couple of years if they still made them. Funny thing is, I am taking it to that dealership on Wednesday for DRL installation. I might get some shocked looks that I actually got one, and that it's not red.

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nice to hear :D
glad it worked out for ya
 

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Is there any issues with warranty when you import like this? I know some other things have a canadian warranty, and a US warranty. One is not valid in the other country. So basically if anything goes wrong, you have to cross the border to get it looked at. Nikon DSLR camera's were like this a few years ago, I'm not sure if they still are.

congrats on the car, you probably have the only silver MS3 in canada!
 

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[quote author=Judd link=topic=66834.msg1147853#msg1147853 date=1168708952]
Is there any issues with warranty when you import like this? I know some other things have a canadian warranty, and a US warranty. One is not valid in the other country. So basically if anything goes wrong, you have to cross the border to get it looked at. Nikon DSLR camera's were like this a few years ago, I'm not sure if they still are.

congrats on the car, you probably have the only silver MS3 in canada!
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I have talked with Mazda and my understanding is that my car is covered by the U.S. warranty, but I can take it to any Canadian dealer for warranty work. I actually opted for an extended comprehensive warranty; 7 years or 75,000 miles.
 

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[quote author=bossboy link=topic=66834.msg1148671#msg1148671 date=1168751930]
let us know what the silly dealership says!
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Will do! :)
 

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[quote author=EvilDeadFan link=topic=66834.msg1148729#msg1148729 date=1168756036]
Can you show us Canadians what that leather ms3 interior looks like?
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Here you go...much like other Grand Touring photos you've seen, but very different from the other Canadian models.



Sorry about the earlier resolution; still figuring out how to attach photos.
 

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Just goes to show you that you can get anything done if you just do your homework first. :)

It must be cool knowing you are possibly the only Silver Speed3 on the Canadian roads.
 

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It is pretty cool knowing that, but maybe I've paved the way for others to do the same. Last step is the Federal Inspection and that happens tomorrow.

You must be getting anxious for your car Speed3me. Only a few more days?
 

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[quote author=AlbertaMS3 link=topic=66834.msg1153976#msg1153976 date=1169046671]
It is pretty cool knowing that, but maybe I've paved the way for others to do the same. Last step is the Federal Inspection and that happens tomorrow.

You must be getting anxious for your car Speed3me. Only a few more days?
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Yeah... I'm just working out details (title/loan/bill of sale/hand-over) with the old car. It's kind of a pain in the butt to sell a car privately... but I guess it's probably worth the extra $5,000 over what they offered me as a trade-in! (I just want the whole thing to be done and drive off into the sunset in my new Speed3.. :) )
 

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Woohoo! That means mine is one of 4999 in the US, not 5000! Hehe, congrats, and I hope/know you'll love your new car. Do let us know what that dealership has to say! :lol:
 

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Hi Dwayne...Very cool car! Congrats! Are those RX-8 rims you're using for winter or some other Mazda rims? They look really good BTW.
 

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[quote author=slammie link=topic=66834.msg1159794#msg1159794 date=1169321536]Are those RX-8 rims you're using for winter or some other Mazda rims?[/quote]
[quote author=AlbertaMS3 link=topic=66834.msg1147540#msg1147540 date=1168670984]If you haven't seen how the MS3 looks with 17" Mazda6 wheels, check out my winter setup.[/quote]

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