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I heard that Transport Canada won't allow it. Is this true?

Looking to buy a 2008-2011 Elise from the US and import it into Canada.

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I heard that Transport Canada won't allow it. Is this true?

Looking to buy a 2008-2011 Elise from the US and import it into Canada.

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Yeah, if you do a search you'll notice this topic has been discussed extensively. US Lotus cars have a different VIN sequence that your RIV is familiar with and if it doesn't coincide with the Canadian Lotus VIN sequence, red flags are raised. Bottom line, Lotus is protecting their Canadian dealers and themselves by not allowing the importation of US cars to Canada...it sucks but you can't blame them.
 

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I can't find the thread right now, but i remember seeing something about the importation ban being lifted :shrug:
 

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I believe Canadian cars have different crash foams and different panel as result... and different dash



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Forget it. Altough the cars are exactly the same exept the cluster, Lotus of america told Transport Canada that their cars does not meet canadian regulations, witch is not true. The fact is, Transport Canada rely on manufacturer's declaration. Of course, this is a marketing decision.

Canadian crash regulations have beed harmonized to American regulations back in 2008 so this is not the issue. There are other areas of legislation that can make a model admissible or not, like theft protection, emissions, etc.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/safevehicles/importation/usa/vafus/list2/LOTUS.htm
 

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Any Lotus newer than 15 years old CANNOT be imported into Canada privately. Only some of the original Elise 95's & 96's are now eligable for importation and are beggining to show up. None of the newer Elise or Exige's models can. I went throught the process to try. Transport Canada publishes a list of qualifying cars availible through their web site. The Lotus Elise/Exige is not on the list. Therefore you have to get a letter of compliance to Canadian Standards to have a car not on the list imported into Canada. The 2005 elise requires a different headlight setup. The 2006/2007 Elise requires three modifications. Daytime running lights, Clutch interlock and metric speedo dials. I know, I talked to Lotus USA and Lotus in England. They unnoficially gave me the list of modifications that would be required. What they would not give me and what they will not give anyone is the letter that says that if these modifications are done thery will certify the car to meet Canadian requirements, and without that Transport Canada won't allow the car into the country. What is really happening is Lotus is price protecting the three Canadian dealers from lower priced cars comming in from the U.S. That is not speculation. Asgar form Wiessach in Vancouver told me so. There are three authorised dealers in Canada and they are protected by Lotus. The only Elise/Exige allowed into Canada from the U.S. are track cars that will be used exclusivly for competition and you must get a letter from an approved sanctioning body such as SCCA or SCCBC saying so. Sorry but it has beed tried before. You can probably get the car accross the border on a trailer, perhaps get it across with U.S. plates if you have a U.S. address to register it to and keep the U.S plates for a while however eventually they will catch up and you will have a very pretty driveway queen. This information was correct as of a few months back, to the best of my knowledge nothing has changed.
 

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Correct. I spoke to Transport Canada yesterday and they confirmed that only certain years of the Esprit are allowed from the US into Canada.
 
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