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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #20 on: Oct 08, 10, 09:04 »
What you guys have to consider is that local shops don't get 80% off retail on parts they sell.
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« Reply #21 on: Oct 09, 10, 21:27 »
Also, you mention that there is only an exchange difference of 5%.  While this is true on paper, you're forgetting that you also have to pay duty to cross the border which is 6.1% so if you take that into account you're looking at a difference of somewhere around 11-12% and that is before shipping and paying for gas to get to Blaine, sitting at the border for an hour to cross, paying the freight forwarding company to accept your shipment (usually about $3-4 bucks) when you add everything you're not saving that much.  Remember that businesses must declare all items at the border and because they do commercial entries must pay duties, you got lucky a few times but its not the norm.

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« Reply #22 on: Oct 10, 10, 10:43 »
Source: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5056-eng.html#s2x7

"Repairs or alterations to your vehicle/ vessel/aircraft

If you intend to have repairs or alterations made to your vehicle/vessel/aircraft outside Canada, check with the CBSA for information before you leave. Under customs legislation, the CBSA can no longer consider your vehicle, vessel or aircraft to be Canadian-made if you increase its value, improve its condition or have it modified outside Canada. As a result, you may have to pay duty and the goods and services tax (GST) or harmonized sales tax (HST) on the entire value of the vehicle/vessel/aircraft when you bring it back.

No duty will apply to the value of the repairs or alterations made to your vehicle/vessel/aircraft in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Israel or another Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement beneficiary when it is re-imported into Canada; however, the GST/HST will apply."

If the parts are not installed, you have less chance of being screwed at the border.

As for Shift, Kendall quoted LESS than a friend's hook-up in Bellingham for my suspension install.
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« Reply #23 on: Oct 12, 10, 13:57 »
i was like  :yippie:

then

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As a result, you may have to pay duty and the goods and services tax (GST) or harmonized sales tax (HST) on the entire value of the vehicle/vessel/aircraft when you bring it back.

now  :o

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« Reply #24 on: Oct 13, 10, 16:16 »
This is my general rule of thumb...

The cheapest way always ends up costing the most...

This theory has proven itself true time and time again...
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« Reply #25 on: Oct 14, 10, 00:49 »
A lot of the things everyone's saying on this thread is true.  It's just that it does not apply to my case. 

I live 15 minutes away from the border, I have a nexus card so wait times generally about 5 minutes. 
most parts I purchase from the states I will consider if it's made in USA to avoid paying duties. 

I make weekly trips to fill up anyways so this is no added cost as well i generally look for items that are on promotion for free shipping.

Otherwise why make the trip to buy it from the states if it's saving you 10-15 dollars?  I'm just saying for example my RSB came up to be $205 USD ~ $215 canadian as per my bill versus $300 Cad + tax locally.  BSH is made in USA so no duties.  Even with tax that goes up to $230~$240, which is still roughly $60-$80 cheaper than the Canadian alternatives. 

As well consider buying from vwvortex and other forums too.  They don't ship up to canada generally.  This is where shipping to a mailbox at the border comes in. 

Again this thread is NOT to AVOID paying for taxes or cheating the government.  It's simply another alternative to having work done in Vancouver.  It's equal to asking where the best shop is in Victoria ... Please don't make this thread into something negative.   

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« Reply #26 on: Oct 14, 10, 15:49 »
Source: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5056-eng.html#s2x7

"Repairs or alterations to your vehicle/ vessel/aircraft

If you intend to have repairs or alterations made to your vehicle/vessel/aircraft outside Canada, check with the CBSA for information before you leave. Under customs legislation, the CBSA can no longer consider your vehicle, vessel or aircraft to be Canadian-made if you increase its value, improve its condition or have it modified outside Canada. As a result, you may have to pay duty and the goods and services tax (GST) or harmonized sales tax (HST) on the entire value of the vehicle/vessel/aircraft when you bring it back.

No duty will apply to the value of the repairs or alterations made to your vehicle/vessel/aircraft in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Israel or another Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement beneficiary when it is re-imported into Canada; however, the GST/HST will apply."


I find it hard to believe that there is even one instance of this ever being applied to an automobile.  I think this more applies to things other than automobiles.  Besides, it's very easy to apply for a refund if this was the case.  I mean, for most cars, adding wheels and tires potentialy increases the value of a vehicle dramaticaly.

This is my general rule of thumb...

The cheapest way always ends up costing the most...

This theory has proven itself true time and time again...

Cheapest always ends up being cheapest in my experience.  Not sure how it costs more in the long run.  If that were the case, it wouldn't be the cheapest option, amirite?
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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #27 on: Oct 15, 10, 15:49 »
^ you've obviously never bought asian made coilovers....

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« Reply #28 on: Oct 15, 10, 15:55 »
Cheapest always ends up being cheapest in my experience.  Not sure how it costs more in the long run.  If that were the case, it wouldn't be the cheapest option, amirite?

really?

Shitty asian made coilovers as K mentioned... problems problems problems... hell doing stuff yourself and messing it up just having to pay someone else to fix it... getting a bare bones solution that costs more in the long run because you have to do more work to get to the end result... etc etc... there are many instances in life where if you spend the least amount... over time it will end up costing you more than a middle of the road solution...
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« Reply #29 on: Oct 15, 10, 15:58 »
LOL, both of you are ready to jump down someones throat, aren't you?  It was a joke.
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« Reply #30 on: Oct 15, 10, 16:08 »
LOL, both of you are ready to jump down someones throat, aren't you?  It was a joke.

not jumping down your throat... just speaking from personal experience...

Hell sometimes the most expensive way is the worst solution too... Case in point... AWE Tuning's Products are pure garbage...

and so many people in the scene... (including mk5 ppl) are so quick to spend their next 200 dollars "modding" and whats the "cheapest ebay piece of crap I can get"... Hence why Rokkor, Godspeed etc etc exist... Copying real product with the cheapest materials and manufacturing process' known to man...

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« Reply #31 on: Oct 15, 10, 16:12 »
Fair enough.  And I do agree with you.  There is a massive difference between using cheap parts and/or cutting corners.  It will come back to haunt you no matter what.  The scene really has become about how cool a picture you can post in a forum though in a lot of cases.  Chinese coils and Nexxen/Nankang tires stretched on nice wheels....
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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #32 on: Oct 16, 10, 13:40 »
I only overnight parts from Japan

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #33 on: Oct 18, 10, 09:30 »
^ you've obviously never bought asian made coilovers....
really?

Shitty asian made coilovers as K mentioned... problems problems problems... hell doing stuff yourself and messing it up just having to pay someone else to fix it... getting a bare bones solution that costs more in the long run because you have to do more work to get to the end result... etc etc... there are many instances in life where if you spend the least amount... over time it will end up costing you more than a middle of the road solution...


i didn't read back to see if he was actually refering to K-sports....but more then fact that buying in the US vs CDN is the cheaper option, which will stay the chaper option

you have to compare apples to apples when discussing that topic

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #34 on: Oct 18, 10, 13:22 »

i didn't read back to see if he was actually refering to K-sports....but more then fact that buying in the US vs CDN is the cheaper option, which will stay the chaper option

you have to compare apples to apples when discussing that topic

honestly... when i was a noobie around these parts... I thought going the US route was cheaper... but for the most part after talking to PG and a few other places... I pretty much paid what I would have paid minus duty and shipping for parts up here... I obviously can't say what its like for anything but a mk5... and in the OP's case... he is a MK5 driver... the only time after I found I could pay MSRP locally that I would order from the states direct was because I needed something quickly or didn't want to wait...

By the time you add Gas/border linups/package receiving costs/shipping/duty/taxes... it usually adds up to more... (although there are a few exceptions)

Also you buy stuff down south you are taking money away from our scene... the shops around here support the site, events, shows, cruises etc... so...

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #35 on: Oct 18, 10, 15:28 »
honestly... when i was a noobie around these parts... I thought going the US route was cheaper... but for the most part after talking to PG and a few other places... I pretty much paid what I would have paid minus duty and shipping for parts up here... I obviously can't say what its like for anything but a mk5... and in the OP's case... he is a MK5 driver... the only time after I found I could pay MSRP locally that I would order from the states direct was because I needed something quickly or didn't want to wait...

By the time you add Gas/border linups/package receiving costs/shipping/duty/taxes... it usually adds up to more... (although there are a few exceptions)

Also you buy stuff down south you are taking money away from our scene... the shops around here support the site, events, shows, cruises etc... so...



I don't think that's fair to say for all parts.  A lot of parts I've ordered from the states cost much less than what I'd have to pay here at PG or rpi. 

I'll just take for example I just picked up a set of Hawks HPS pads front/rear for $130 shipped + my $3 of storage fee + gas down to the border.  No duty b/c made in USA and 12% tax.  That would come up to about $150 for most of us in vancouver area.  (excluding say like North Vancouver people cause that's a longer drive down). 

In response to the idea of "gas down to the states, etc".  Filling up in US at shell 92 octane cost about $42-44 a tank for my mk5.
Locally that'd be a $65 affair.  So the $20 savings completely cover the gas to come down to the states and back home + more. 

As for supporting the scene that can only be said to people who don't have to scrape up nickels and dimes to support their crazy expensive hobby.  By saving $20-30 on each part I can put towards my next purchase.  Unfortunately for me buying from the states and waiting a painfully long 2-3 weeks to arrive will save me 3-4 hours of work at my part time job.  I'm just saying I support the idea of a good deal, and I found if time isn't the issue and money comes as a priority, then buying from the states is a thumbs up. 

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« Reply #36 on: Oct 22, 10, 10:42 »
I don't think that's fair to say for all parts.  A lot of parts I've ordered from the states cost much less than what I'd have to pay here at PG or rpi. 

I'll just take for example I just picked up a set of Hawks HPS pads front/rear for $130 shipped + my $3 of storage fee + gas down to the border.  No duty b/c made in USA and 12% tax.  That would come up to about $150 for most of us in vancouver area.  (excluding say like North Vancouver people cause that's a longer drive down). 

In response to the idea of "gas down to the states, etc".  Filling up in US at shell 92 octane cost about $42-44 a tank for my mk5.
Locally that'd be a $65 affair.  So the $20 savings completely cover the gas to come down to the states and back home + more. 

As for supporting the scene that can only be said to people who don't have to scrape up nickels and dimes to support their crazy expensive hobby.  By saving $20-30 on each part I can put towards my next purchase.  Unfortunately for me buying from the states and waiting a painfully long 2-3 weeks to arrive will save me 3-4 hours of work at my part time job.  I'm just saying I support the idea of a good deal, and I found if time isn't the issue and money comes as a priority, then buying from the states is a thumbs up. 
If you would focus on making more money you wouldn't have to waste a whole day to go down to Blaine to save 20 dollars. 

I am in the used parts business and also in selling cars, I go to Blaine on a weekly basis because I have to.  Most of the parts we sell go to the states and I have no choice but to ship them out from Blaine, at the same time I try to pick up parts that we purchased in the states or import a car, etc...

Everytime I go down there, it ends up being a total waste as I could make more money by staying in Vancouver and working in the shop.  I have no choice in the matter as its part of the business.  The market in BC is simply to narrow.  What is interesting is the fact that almost all of our engines sell to the states which brings me to the conclusion that US customers are willing to pay in many cases more for certain products.  Everytime we have say BMW M-engines or Porsche engines I don't even bother really advertising them in Vancouver as all I get are low ball offers.

But staying on topic, if you're making good money in town you will have no time during the day to go down to the border to save 20 bucks because you can make more by staying and working here.  For example my friend runs excavators, he charges I think $75 or $85 per hour.  Do you think that he will run down to Blaine on a Monday afternoon to gas up and save $5 bucks on a choclate bar and a pack of cigarettes.  I don't think so, he would be stupid to do so as the loss of business over the 3-4 hours would easily offset that.

If it works for you and you feel that saving $20-30 dollars is worth crossing the border, good for you.  For me it would be a total waste of my time.

People that make decisions purley based on cost are the same ones later complaining that they have no job.  Do you know why that is? 


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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #37 on: Oct 22, 10, 13:58 »
ya but who says he driving down during working hours? what if he's going down on a day off or saturday


you'd have to be stupid to take time off work just to pick up: unless you make like $8 and hour or you're picking up a large quantity of parts $ wise

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #38 on: Oct 26, 10, 00:30 »
Thank you for the post above.  ^

I go down on my one and only day off.  Instead of lying in bed till 10 am, I wake up an hour earlier in the day, go for a nice quick drive down to the states and fill up the car being that the border is only 15 minutes away.

The ones complaining about no jobs aren't necessarily not working, but because their work place won't give them the number of hours needed.  Being a full-time student and doing part time jobs, I simply don't get enough hours.  So my one trip a week to the states is nice and close, traffic free, nice drive + saves me money. 

If anyone likes to know, I've stopped looking for a shop in us now.  Instead I'm doing whatever I can at home, otherwise leaving all the tedious work to jeff at PG performance. 

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Re: Recommend shop near Bellingham/blaine
« Reply #39 on: Dec 07, 10, 09:18 »
When I had my inerior done by Tim I went up. Told them I was shopping. Dropped off the seats( he had loaners for me) when they were ready, went up, picked them up and came home. Told them nothing of the seats.

Same with shipping wheels to a guy in Calgary, us fed ex wanted $340 to ship an was not going to charge that much for shipping. Boxed them up, drove across( told them I was getting them refinished at a shop up there) and shipped them from a ups store in whiterock. Saved both of us money(buyer and seller).

It's all in what you tell them. Been buying stuff for my cars up there for a while and never had to pay duties ever.
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