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Old Jul 9, 2003, 05:37 PM
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Importing an Evo into Canada

Many of you have been asking how to import an Lancer Evolution into Canada. This thread is intended for posting information on how and if you can do so. Please feel free to post any additional information on this topic.

Thanks to t-dotlancer for inquiring and getting this information for us.

check thiThank-you for your recent inquiry about the importation of a 2003 Mitsubishi

The 2003 Lancer appears to be admissible as it is cited on Transport
Canada's List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States as admissible,
revised August 2002. This vehicle must bear a Statement of Compliance label
affixed by the Original Equipment Manufacturer stating that "the vehicle as
manufactured to comply with all US federal emission, bumper and safety
standards on the date of manufacture". This label is located on the pillar
of the driver door side. Failing that, we will accept a letter from the
manufacturer stating the same. Please refer to this list at
http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/importusa/impusae.htm.

This vehicle may have modifications required before it can pass the RIV
inspection. These modifications include:

(a) U.S. statement of compliance label (SOC);
(b) valid alpha-numeric 17-digit VIN;
(c) Metric speedometer and Odometer labels. (The inspection centre will
place labels if required)
(d) recall documentation (we require a letter from the Original Equipment
Manufacturer stating there are no outstanding recalls on your vehicle. VIN
must be included);
(e) Daytime Running Lights;
(f) Infant Restraint Kit;
(g) Functioning airbags (if, originally equipped with airbags); and
(h) French Supplementary Restraint system label for airbags that require
periodic maintenance.s out......

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Old Aug 20, 2003, 07:43 PM
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Evo - Canadians

Sup All,

Okay first off, I have to be honest, I dont chill on this section of the board b/c I own a 2003 Lancer OZ Rally..BUT...I just came back from Las Vegas and I got to see a EVO VIII up close...2 words...FULLY HOTT!! I want one, I was talking to some guy on the net and he asked me why I dont have one and I told him b/c they dont sell them up in Canada yet, I heard they were starting to bring them in sometime this year or next but that jus hear say. So, he told me that he heard some ppl from Canada own one. I was wondering who on this board from Canada own one, and how they brought it up. I heard its a HUGE ***** to bring a Car from the states and get it so it has "Canadian Specs." Thanks!
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Old Aug 20, 2003, 08:46 PM
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last i heard, there were 2 in canada. not streetable. "show" or "track" only
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Old Aug 20, 2003, 08:50 PM
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Well that would be Darryl from Ultimate Racing. They bought their Evo from California and brought it back to Canada. Details are in this thread:

https://www.evolutionm.net/forums/sh...t=Canadian+Evo

Also moving this to Evo General.

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Old Aug 21, 2003, 11:56 PM
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see the thing is, i dont think i'd be able to insure it in my province...i dont think they even have it on record.
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Old Aug 21, 2003, 11:58 PM
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I forgot, where i read it from, but it was announced that the evo will not be making its way to Canada because of the strict laws.
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According to an interview with Mr. Pierre Gagnon, President of Mitsubishi Motors of North America, that was published last October (see http://www.canadiandriver.com/news/021024-1.htm):
But Mr. Gagnon says that Canada will have to wait for the exotic EVO Lancer. That rally-bred Mitsubishi super-car will be seen on the roads of PlayStation 2's Gran Turismo 3 or in the US. But not here, not yet. The American market gets 6000 of the desirable high-performance EVO 8s.

"It's mainly the bumper standards in Canada," says Mr. Gagnon. "The low volume of EVO sales in Canada wouldn't warrant the redesign expense at this point. We'll probably have to wait until the next redesign, when the car will be built for full North American compliance."
Many people in Canada have imported cars into Canada from the US and I believe the US Evo would be allowed in without too much hassle.

This document from the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency outlines the procedure for importing a new U.S. Evo into Canada:
http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/E/pub/cp/.../rc4140-e.html

You'll have to enroll the Evo in Transport Canada's Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) program, so you should familiarize yourself with how that process works, too:
http://www.riv.ca/english/html/how_to_import.html

The most important aspect of importing a car from the U.S. into Canada is that the car be on Transport Canada's most current list of vehicles allowed to be imported. The most recent list online indicates that all 2003 Mitsubishi vehicles sold in the U.S. qualify for importation:
http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/importusa/en/menu.htm

Obviously, you'll want to call Transport Canada before actually buying the Evo and it would probably facilitate the checking if you had the actual VIN of the Evo you're about to buy.

Since the actual compliance inspection is performed at a Canadian Tire store, I doubt they're able to determine the bumper is non-compliant. More problematic might be the Daytime Running Lights issue and you might have to temporarily install the headlight system from a Canadian Lancer to pass the inspection. You should probably talk to the people at your local Canadian Tire store to find out what they actually check.

To simplify whether you'd have to pay a U.S. state sales tax on your Evo purchase, since it's for export only, consider buying your Evo from a Mitsubishi dealer in a state near Canada that doesn't have a sales tax, such as New Hampshire or Oregon. You'll also want to but the car outright, without a loan or lease, because this will simplify the paperwork you must present to U.S. Customs. You need to persuade the new-car dealer to give you the Evo's original Manufacturer's Statement of Origin and you'll need to provide it plus two copies of it to U.S. Customs 72 hours before crossing the border:
http://www.customs.gov/xp/cgov/expor...or_vehicle.xml
http://www.customs.gov/ImageCache/cg...ngavehicle.doc

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Old Sep 8, 2003, 12:32 PM
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Guys, i dont think its addmissible. i just called transport canada to confirm this and they told me it isnt allowed for import.
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Hi,

Is it just the evo8 that cannot be brought in or all evos? What did the transport ministry say?
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Why don't you call and ask......
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i think it's all evo's since they all have the 3mph crash bar (as far as i know anyway)
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Old Sep 30, 2003, 09:10 AM
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Then you know more than me......still stoopid that they don't have a 5 mph bar
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WTF???!!! 2 F**KING MILES?!!! THATS IT?!!!!

I thought it was a major problem!!!

Canada can roally screw a beaver!!
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Old Oct 5, 2003, 01:00 AM
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As far as I know and understand, a Canadian Mitsu dealer HAS brought an Evo over from the US and was able to register it. They did have to make some changes to the Evo , but nothing major, so it seems it can be done.
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Old Nov 9, 2003, 02:48 PM
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Thats prob. the dealer in BC Whos selling it for 54k, I asked tha dealer if it was legal N they said 100%.

If I can only reach b.c. now...

oh and the minor problem of the 54k... :P
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