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Old 12-22-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
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car broken down in states

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has anyone's car broken down in the states? My cousins car broke down in the states and the engine blow on them. The fix would cost 3k and the car is not worth that much anyways. How would we be able to transfer the ownership and have it pretty much sold to scrap yard. Towing back to canada will probably cost way too much unless i can do it myself? Called my insurance guy and he has no clue...
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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Well if he wants to leave the car there, he has two options:

1- Sell the car as "salvage" only, this might be a grey area thing to, years ago you could do it, and I'm sure that hasn't changed.

2- Take the car back up to the border crossing and export it properly.

Sucks to be your cousin.
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If you drive a truck, Rent a trailer and haul it up. If not, Borrow said truck and trailer.
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if you have BCAA it also works all across the US as well. If it's not far away from the border have it towed there. If you have a trailer you can tow it yourself with no issues at all, I have taken a number of vehicles across going on wheeling trips
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don't have BCAA. i asked my cousin if his cc has auto coverage. Car is at exit 208 area at a mechanic shop. He got quoted atleast 1k for labour and we have to find the engine to drop into it.

I was looking into renting a truck and trailer to do the tow but i read that i need to get permits in vancouver and washington to do so.

I'm going down to the states tomorrow to pickup his belongings in his car.

Anyone know any company that will be able to transport it back up here?
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Rent a Uhaul and a trailer? I don't understand these permits that you need, cuz you definitely don't need any speical permits in Vancouver.
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My car broke down the clutch was shot so I rented a Uhaul trailer used a friends truck then towed it back . When I got to the border I made sure I had my insurance papers ready showed the guy told him the car broke down just bringing it back he let me go no problems back in to Canada.
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I've left two vehicles in the USA and never had to deal with any sort of importation garbage. One scrap company I found on Craigslist wanted me to sign over the car as scrap material to them and they paid me $80 for the car.
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Where is it exactly? That will depend on who I tell you to use for towing.
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Thanks for the info guys. I read online that i needed a permit to use a trailer to haul the car.
I'll do some more research as i don't want to get hassle by the state police.
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Where is it exactly? That will depend on who I tell you to use for towing.
car is in Arlington.
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Thanks for the info guys. I read online that i needed a permit to use a trailer to haul the car.
I'll do some more research as i don't want to get hassle by the state police.
I highly doubt that... Only times I've heard of needing permit for towing are when they are oversize.
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Sorry, can't help it but "My car BROKE down"
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My friend who is an out of province adjuster for ICBC and deals with bringing vehicles back to BC said to call Nicholson Towing.
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