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Importing a US HR-V into Canada?

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I'm wondering if it will be economically feasible and practical to buy a HR-V in the States and import it to Canada. What happens to the warranty and 3 year roadside assistance ? Is the 1.8l HR-V engine made in Japan and will it be liable for duty at the border? Will the present 17% exchange rate nullify any chance of saving money on the car? Will buying the car in a no-tax state (e.g. New Hamphire) be more benefitial? I'm hoping other forum members who have had experience in buying Honda products in the US and importing them to Canada will add their knowledge to this thread.
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It would be both to save money and there might be different packages offered with the different trims. I went to a Florida Honda dealer and he showed me a sticker on the window of a vehicle which showed a percentage of the car made in Japan and anorther made in the US. This is why I am questioning if duty would have to be paid on a portion of the HR-V. For DRLs, the dealer told me that all NA Honda cars have them.
There are differences between the American and Canadiian HRVs. In the EX and EX-L models, Canadians will be getting DUAL auto climate control, back center armrest, third 12 volt power outlet in the luggage compartment.But you will have to pay duty for the engine and transmission which are made in Japan if you import. I am beginning to believe it is NOT worth the trouble to buy it in the States unless you have a secondary residence there and plan to keep it there.. Avoiding paying Canadian taxes makes it advantaeous for Canadians,but I don t know how to do it.unless you leave the car in the US.
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