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wbean

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Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« on: Sep 20, 10, 12:19 »
Hi guys,

I pick parts up in Blaine all the time but I actually want to get parts installed right there before coming back to Vancouver.

Any good euro shops to recommend near Blaine or Bellingham? Anywhere within 30-45 kind drive from the border is quite acceptable.

Thanks!!

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #1 on: Sep 20, 10, 14:00 »
Make the trip to Shift Autosport in Burnaby. It'll be well worth the drive.

What parts are you installing?

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #2 on: Sep 20, 10, 14:13 »
Make the trip to Shift Autosport in Burnaby. It'll be well worth the drive.

What parts are you installing?

OP is clearly looking to get parts put on to avoid paying taxes/duties at the boarder.

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #3 on: Sep 20, 10, 14:13 »
You are seriously going to play that game with Canada Customs?

You realize that should they discover you are smuggling car parts across the border they will Seize your car...

For the 10 bucks you save in duty or whatever... it is not worth it...

Also you realize that if you are buying NEW most shops (including shift) charge pretty close to or at US MSRP and you will save yourself the shipping and duty charges...

Also you should support the shops that support our scene...
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 20, 10, 15:02 »
Also you realize that if you are buying NEW most shops (including shift) charge pretty close to or at US MSRP and you will save yourself the shipping and duty charges...

while i agree with the rest of your post, this is not true at all

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #5 on: Sep 20, 10, 15:37 »
hometown automotive on the hannigan rd just south of smith rd. :thumbup: :thumbup: shane is the man.

side note: should Canada customs discover you had work done to your car they will make you pay tax on the value of the whole vehicle (aside from what was already said)
Good luck

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #6 on: Sep 20, 10, 16:08 »
Hi guys,

I pick parts up in Blaine all the time but I actually want to get parts installed right there before coming back to Vancouver.

Any good euro shops to recommend near Blaine or Bellingham? Anywhere within 30-45 kind drive from the border is quite acceptable.

Thanks!!


SK in Bellinham is a great shop...I had some coilovers and a TT exhaust installed there on my old B5 Wag

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #7 on: Sep 20, 10, 19:59 »
Also you realize that if you are buying NEW most shops (including shift) charge pretty close to or at US MSRP and you will save yourself the shipping and duty charges...

while i agree with the rest of your post, this is not true at all

x2. I find parts prices here are atrocious. I get better pricing on parts than shops do! :rofl: In my experience, it has always been cheaper to get stuff from the States. Unless if you need something within 2-3 days, buy from the US.
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jettag60

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #8 on: Sep 21, 10, 11:12 »


x2. I find parts prices here are atrocious. I get better pricing on parts than shops do! :rofl: In my experience, it has always been cheaper to get stuff from the States. Unless if you need something within 2-3 days, buy from the US.


no they just mark them up lol

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #9 on: Sep 21, 10, 14:05 »
while i agree with the rest of your post, this is not true at all

^ It is true. Depends where you go and who you know.

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #10 on: Sep 21, 10, 14:15 »
Depends where you go and who you know.

From my experience, it is good to know Kendall. Very good. :suspicious:



Especially when you're trying to buy coilovers for a Volvo haha

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #11 on: Sep 23, 10, 13:36 »
As long as CBSA keeps cavity searching me, I'll keep buying from USA!

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #12 on: Sep 25, 10, 12:59 »
hometown automotive on the hannigan rd just south of smith rd. :thumbup: :thumbup: shane is the man.

side note: should Canada customs discover you had work done to your car they will make you pay tax on the value of the whole vehicle (aside from what was already said)
Good luck

Where do you get this information from? if you are caught smuggling you pay duties and taxes on the value of goods and a percentage of the value as a fine which is dependent on the level of seizure.

Honestly just declare everything, it saves you alot of hassle and if seizure action is taken on you every single time you cross back into Canada whether it be at the airport, land border you will be sent inside.


wbean

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #13 on: Sep 28, 10, 01:07 »
Thanks I'll check out SK.

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OP is clearly looking to get parts put on to avoid paying taxes/duties at the boarder.

As for concerns over crossing the border with parts ... I have no issues with declaring the part, in fact I've declared every part that I've brought back and never once had to pay tax OR duty.

That includes a $600 exhaust, a carbon fiber hood new in box and various other items.  All declared and no tax ever paid.

It's just that shop labour rates are so ridiculously expensive around here.  I agree shift/PG is very good at what they do, but for simple bolt on products like a sway bar or exhaust should honestly not cost >$100 in labour.  

If I had the tools/garage space to work on it I would do it myself.  A sway bar install should take less than an hour yet i was quoted for 1.5 hours "to be safe".  That's $140 to install a bolt on item!  

If I ever need a LSD/quattro/k04 upgrade then yes, I will definitely head on over to the shops mentioned for their excellent work.  
« Last Edit: Sep 28, 10, 01:16 by wbean »

wbean

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #14 on: Sep 28, 10, 01:14 »
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Also you realize that if you are buying NEW most shops (including shift) charge pretty close to or at US MSRP and you will save yourself the shipping and duty charges...

Also you should support the shops that support our scene...

I deal mostly with pg, they do a mark up of 20% over USD price + 12% HST.  So you're telling me that say for a bsh catch can that's $250 USD shipped from us online retailers is about the same as the $350 + 12% HST price that local shops set??

As well a set of VMR from VMR or redline cost $699-899 + $100 shipping versus the $1200-1300 + 12% HST from DHP or PG?!

I can't just justify having to pay the premium to support the local shops unless if their prices are brought down to par from the us retailers.  Our dollar is 5% difference, why is there a need for a 20% mark up.  We also pay generally 6-8% more on taxes than MOST US states. 

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #15 on: Sep 28, 10, 13:09 »
who the heck is marking up 20%? 

We sell BSH at US price X exchange. Usually saves you shipping and any other fees.


I can't just justify having to pay the premium to support the local shops unless if their prices are brought down to par from the us retailers.  Our dollar is 5% difference, why is there a need for a 20% mark up.  We also pay generally 6-8% more on taxes than MOST US states. 


Please don't include all shops into your generalization.

wbean

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #16 on: Sep 28, 10, 20:11 »
who the heck is marking up 20%? 

Hey Kendall,

Some places do.  Take a look at rpi and various other retailers. 

Just say for example, a BSH catch can kit can be had for on the forum sponsors for $255-285 USD for a golf mkv.  Rather our local prices will range from $315-390 CAD + 12% tax
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This is not shift autosport's prices.  These are prices from other retailers

No I agree your prices are very reasonable.  I'm sorry if I offended you through the content of this thread. 

I simply requested other's opinions on a good shop in seattle.  I did not start the thread intending to talk down on any of the shops around vancouver.

I for one purchased several big items in vancouver (intake/coilovers/wheels, etc). 

I feel like i'm basically kicking myself out of the local shops by speaking more. 

cheers.


Kendall@Shift

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #17 on: Sep 29, 10, 12:12 »
^ no offence taken. :)

Just wanted you to know that there are local shops willing to help you out. If you ever need anything let me know, and if you do get quoted in the US, we can try to do our best to either match or get really close.

Cheers
Kendall

wbean

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #18 on: Sep 29, 10, 13:17 »
Hey Kendall,

I'll keep that in mind for my next purchase!!

Thanks!

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #19 on: Oct 07, 10, 08:37 »
SK Motorsport. They just moved to Iowa st in Bellingham. Across the street from Roger jobs volkswagen. Very Good! :thumbup:


Here's the website
http://www.skmotorsport.com/