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Old 03-06-2018, 02:47 PM   #1
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Where can i park safely for 72hrs over the border?

Iím planning to importing a car from Seattle, and since there is this rule where you have to submit the carís information to the US officials 72 hrs prior of departing. (which happens after u have the carís title)...

So i m thinking after i acquire the carís ownership and submit the information, take the drive back to the border, <Park it somewhere safe?> , then wait 3 days , and go back down pick up the car over the border (instead of seattle) and finish off the rest of the importing procedures.

but the question is, where can i safely park the car , that is relatively close to the border on US soil, for 72 hrs?


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I've left my car around the Bellingham Airport area at a near by park & fly service for one week periods for relatively cheap ($5/day a few years ago). Search it up and you'll find a ton of places that offer this, however, if your car is uninsured, that may be a problem..
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My friend parked it at a storage facility. You are uninsured remember.

If within a few hours, I’d try and keep it where it is currently parked with the current owner.
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I believe there are several storage lots, just on the other side of the border, that cater to vehicles awaiting export clearance. I'd do a search and maybe give uhaul a ring.

Also find out how much a 1way trailer rental costs, if you're doing this by yourself.

Remember, it's 72 weekday hours, so it could take 4-6 days. I used a broker to handle my paperwork and it cost about $150, fyi.
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I've parked mine at Yorky's on two seperate occasions. $5 bucks a day.
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Are you buying it privately or from a dealership?

When I bought my pre-owned car from a US dealer, I emailed the border with all the relevant info even before I bought the car. All I did was put a deposit on CC and the dealer scanned/sent me what I needed.

That way i didn't even have to wait for the 72 hours.

Heck, I even bought my temporary ICBC insurance so that I could drive it up before I even bought the car
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Are you buying it privately or from a dealership?

When I bought my pre-owned car from a US dealer, I emailed the border with all the relevant info even before I bought the car. All I did was put a deposit on CC and the dealer scanned/sent me what I needed.

That way i didn't even have to wait for the 72 hours.

Heck, I even bought my temporary ICBC insurance so that I could drive it up before I even bought the car
Yeah, iím buying it privately.. so its kinda tricky to organize with the seller that way..
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Since you are uninsured, try these guys out - https://www.urbanstorage.com/self-st...e/a-z-storage/

I used them to store my motorcycle and car there once while waiting the 72 hour requirement. Stored indoors, great service, and reasonable price. Call them in advance to get a quote on price since it is for short term storage. Their website does not list pricing for short term storage.

I did use Yorky's before the they store the car outside. I didn't really like that, until I found A-Z Storage. If the car is in Seattle, an option is to just leave it with the owner and head there to pick it up when ready and cleared.
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The Chevron in Blaine (formerly Texaco) can be used for car parking for $5/day.
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When I imported my old car, I had the owner fax me a copy of the title. Submitted everything before I even went to pick up the car. That was 14 years ago, not sure if things have changed.
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Yeah, iím buying it privately.. so its kinda tricky to organize with the seller that way..
See if the seller will scan/email you the title. That might work. And since he's not sending you an official hard copy, it's not like you can use it illegally or anything..i think
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A scan or copy of the title will suffice. That's how you submit it to CBP to then start the 72 hour cooling period. When you see them in person, you need the real hard copy.
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