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Old 02-28-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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Shipping a car across Canada

Does anyone here have experience of shipping their car across Canada?
Which company did you go for and how was their price and service?
Reason I'm asking is my brother is finishing his degree in Ontario and would like to ship his car back to Vancouver. Also how would the insurance work? Will he need to keep his insurance from Ontario during shipping? Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:21 PM   #2
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i am no help but maybe call around? im just impressed with the fact you joined in 2002 and have 4 posts total!
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Searail / Livingston does car transportation via rail though it is not cheap.

Insurance during transport is by the carrier (Searail let you load your car with your belongings). You will need a provincial inspection once you pick up the car. I suggest keep the ontario insurance until you have done your provincial inspection.. it is just too much hassle.

Unless the car is exotic sell the car in Ontario.
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As an alternative, you can use uShip.ca. I've used uShip.com to haul my cars and motorcycles/scooters between Vancouver and Los Angeles multiple times.
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Your car will also be worth less in BC because its from Ontario. It may not be worth more in Ontario either because its from Ontario...but something to consider.
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agreed.. unless the car is exotic or special to him.. i would just sell it and buy a new one
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Your car will also be worth less in BC because its from Ontario. It may not be worth more in Ontario either because its from Ontario...but something to consider.
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I shipped my car from Vancouver to Montreal last summer. I used Hansen's Shipping. LHF Vehicle Shipping, Car Shipping, Auto Transport - Welcome

Cost was covered by my company, but the bill was a hair over $1500 including taxes. Car was picked up at my parent's house and dropped off in front of my house in Montreal. Car was covered while in transport (rail).

As for why your car will be valued less, it's because it's an East coast car that goes through actual winter conditions and all the salt on the roads.
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He could also just make a road trip out of it... grab a buddy for a co-pilot and hit the open road!

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A friend of mine shipped a car from Halifax to Vancouver and it was something like $3000+. I think he just called around for shipping companies for quotes.
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I shipped my car from Vancouver to Montreal last summer. I used Hansen's Shipping. LHF Vehicle Shipping, Car Shipping, Auto Transport - Welcome

Cost was covered by my company, but the bill was a hair over $1500 including taxes. Car was picked up at my parent's house and dropped off in front of my house in Montreal. Car was covered while in transport (rail).

As for why your car will be valued less, it's because it's an East coast car that goes through actual winter conditions and all the salt on the roads.
I used Hansen 10+ years ago shipping a car from TO to Vancouver. At the time, I think it was around $900, but I also had to drop the car off at their Toronto depot, and collect it myself at the Annacis Island facilities.

I don't remember whether Hansen would be responsible for any damage incurred during shipping, but I do remember that because I had loaded up the trunk full of my own stuff, Hansen got me to sign a waiver releasing them of any damages to the interior of the car should any of the luggage in the trunk spill out somehow. To me, that was completely fair, and it was a risk and a benefit that I took. (Benefit because I got to ship a ton of stuff back along with the car, without having to separately ship and pay for the S&H.)

I can't remember exactly how long the shipping took, but I think it was less than 2 weeks before I got my car back.

Your brother will need his Ontario plates and insurance on the car during the trip. Once he gets the car back, assuming that he is planning to insure it in BC, he'll need to get all the paperwork done in 30 days. (Or at least, that's how it was 10+ years ago.) This includes an out of province vehicles inspection, and I believe only selected Crappy Tire have technicians licenced for it. (Not 100% certain on this anymore, but I remember calling a lot of different garages and [manufacturer] car dealerships, and none of them offered this out-of-province-vehicle inspection.) When you are making the appointment, make sure you clearly indicated that you are looking for an out-of-province vehicle inspection, not a simple used car inspection. You can't get the car insured until you have that out-of-province-vehicle inspection passing report with you. And of course, you want to cancel your Ontario insurance afterwards. ICBC won't do that for you.

For me, I did this asap when I got back because my Ontario insurance was SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive than what I would have paid for my BC insurance. That may or may not be your brother's case.

Also, I agree with everyone's suggestion here that it'd be much simpler for your brother to just sell his car in Ontario, and look for something else here once he is back. Every time I go to Ontario, it never fails to amaze me how cruddy all the daily drivers over there look. Their brakes and suspension components and exhaust are all rusty. Open the hood and the components in the engine bay all have that characteristic salt blasted look on them. Fenders are prone to rust spots and perforations. When I went car shopping a few years ago, I came across a few out of province cars (all from Ontario, incidentally), and the experience only re-confirmed my views. As a BC buyer, for the same model year and mileage on the vehicle, I would probably probably ask for at least a 15-20% discount on the Ontario car because of the poorer vehicle condition. More likely though, I'd probably just skip the Ontario car and look for something else.
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For me, I did this asap when I got back because my Ontario insurance was SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive than what I would have paid for my BC insurance. That may or may not be your brother's case.
OP's brother should get a letter from his Ontario insurer, assuming he had a clean driving and accident record there, stating as much. When my wife moved here from Chicago, she got a letter from her State Farm agent stating she'd never had an accident or ticket, and since she'd been driving 7+ years already, ICBC started her off right away at full 40% discount. This applies whether he moves his car here, or sells it to buy another.

Also, if you check ICBC | Importing a vehicle into B.C. there's a link to a PDF of provincial designated inspection facilities that can do your OOP inspection.
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^^ Totally valid points here from Soundy. This old fart (aka. yours truly) only remember to keep rambling on about his own stories that he forgot to include the obvious.
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Just some additional data points:
I shipped my S2000 with Hansen's from Vancouver to Toronto: ~$1200 tax-in to ship depot to depot (GVRD depot - Richmond; GTA depot - Scarborough; see LHF website for details), then later on, back from Toronto to Vancouver for I think ~$1350. The difference came from an increase in fuel surcharge, which will probably keep rising.

They will charge extra to ship the car from their depot to the final destination if you can't pick it up from the depot yourself. For example, for me, it was an extra ~$150 to get the car from their Scarborough depot to Waterloo.

There was good information posted above so I don't have anything else to add other than to remember that you can claim your relocation costs when it's tax time (provided it was for work / school). It ends up being like a 30-40% discount.
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Oh man... that Hansen Scarborough depot... Sure brings back memories...

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^ Haha yeah I had the hardest time finding their stupid office..

Did you used to live in the GTA?
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^^ I was about an hour / an hour and half away from GTA, but I head out there often enough that it sometimes feel like I live there. It was very much a happening place, and I certainly enjoyed my time there. But ultimately, I feel more at home and a lot more at ease back in Vancouver.

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Used Hansens twice to bring my car from bc to To and then back a few years later. Both times they picked up and dropped off the car and cost about 1400. I highly recommend them. There are other shops besides Can tire that can do out of province inspection. I used Advance auto out in burnaby.
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There are tonnes of shops that do out of province inspections. I believe there is an official list of approved shops on the Ministry of Transport's website (BC.)
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It happens for all Out of Province car in every province.

If a car isn't bought in the province that you are selling then people would give you a lower price even if you provide all authentic records of it.

Same with insurance in BC. If ICBC knows you registered your car in another province before even thought you had insurance with ICBC before you left, ICBC system will be completely different when you come back and register with them. They have an Out of Province system for cars that had been registered in another province before.
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I shipped a car with Searil from Van to Mtl a couple years ago. No problems, seller picked it up with no issues... Although it was kinda funny trying to see the lot person try and drive a car with a stupid heavy clutch
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Thanks for all the info guys! Will consider shipping it or not depending on the condition of the car.
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Hi friends i am here i just want to say you that A buddy delivered a car from Halifax to Calgary and it was something like $500+ i think he just known as around for delivery organizations for quotations.
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