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Hey guys and gals,
I really want a truck with AC seats, or at least ventilated seats. I see were Canada model has the ventilated seats as an option? WTH?? IN the South with heat in the 100+ Summers regular from May all the way till October with humidity in the 90s as well. I had my mind made up but I am thinking what would the cost be to just get one in Canada and drive it back ( or have it shipped) . Aside from cost of airfare, is there some freakishly large import fee or would I be stopped at the border and denied reentry into my own Country? Surely someone has done this or at least researched the prospect of securing a Canadian model for life in the southern part of the lower 48?
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I live 70 miles south of the Canadian border in Montana and I looked into it briefly but the hassle/cost involved and the rumors that Honda USA would not honor the warranty had me just making a good deal on an RTL-E locally. I think it's probably doable but there will be a lot of effort involved. Makes no sense that the vented seats are not offered here in the US.
 

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I looked into this as well, I wanted the extra features that Canadian models had if I were going to be paying for a BE. Supposedly Dealers in CA won’t even sell to a US resident per Honda policy. There is also import tax and a lot of other hassle as @montanaman mentioned. I personally found it not to be worth all of the hassle and liability.
 

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Truthfully, the best way to do this is to buy used. That eliminates a lot of the hassle factor with warranty as if you buy one 3 years old then there's no warranty anyway. And if you want a warranty you can get an aftermarket one purchased through someone easily. That's what I'd do if i bought a truck up there.

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I don't think there will be any issues with warranty. Covers North America wide.
Nope........had a wheel bearing go when in SC and Honda USA wouldn't absorb the warranty. I paid out of pocket and was reimbursed by Honda Canada. And honestly a much more pleasurable experience than dealing with the Honda dealers in my area. (who all have gotten together to charge "diagnostic" fee for all warranty service) Bye Bye Honda, will be the last new one i buy / I've been buying and driving them for 35 yrs.

But yeh........the vented seats are nice / AC seats would have been better. LOL.....it makes no sense on HMC and USA spec.
 

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I don't think there will be any issues with warranty. Covers North America wide.
One guy needed a wiring harness recall performed on his Canadian touring that he has in the US. No US dealers would touch it. Took him several months to get special authorization from American Honda. Just not worth the warranty headaches, or red tape.
 

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Nope........had a wheel bearing go when in SC and Honda USA wouldn't absorb the warranty. I paid out of pocket and was reimbursed by Honda Canada. And honestly a much more pleasurable experience than dealing with the Honda dealers in my area. (who all have gotten together to charge "diagnostic" fee for all warranty service) Bye Bye Honda, will be the last new one i buy / I've been buying and driving them for 35 yrs.

But yeh........the vented seats are nice / AC seats would have been better. LOL.....it makes no sense on HMC and USA spec.

Honda Website:
If I purchase a used Honda in Canada that was originally sold as a new car in the United States, will Honda Canada provide any warranty coverage?

No. The reciprocal warranty agreement between Honda Canada and American Honda only covers owners who relocate from one country to the other, or owners from one country who are travelling on business or vacation in the other country. If a vehicle that was originally sold new in the United States is brought into Canada, its warranty only applies to the owner that purchased the vehicle while living in the U.S. and who imports the vehicle into Canada for their own personal or family use.

So you should have been covered under warranty driving your Canadian Truck in the USA as long as your truck was purchased in Canada. If it was an imported vehicle your out of luck
 

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As someone that lives 15 miles from the border and 20 miles to the nearest Honda Canada dealer, the warranty reality for an imported vehicle (from Canada) is you have to take it back to a Canadian dealer for warranty service. I had the discussion with a Canadian Honda dealer when I was deciding between a 2017 RTL-E and 2017 Touring.

I still went RTL-E locally because of the 5% GST, then the 8.75% local sales tax to register it in NY and the need to run back to Canada for warranty issues. I still might have done it but I was trading an 18 month old RAM 1500 EcoDiesel and I could really make a far better trade here vs selling in outright (and only paying the tax on the difference) which was just a few thousand $ anyways.

Even with the exchange around 1.35 at the time, the US option was best financially overall. That being said, I'll most likely buy a used Touring from Canada for my next G2.
 

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WOW, Thanks for all the replies! When I was posting this, I was like: "this is a dumb Q and no one is going to answer it. Man, thanks guys for validating my curiosity and for the prompt replies.
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Probably cheaper to buy the Canadian parts and retro fit to a USDM model....even if you have to buy the seats, you could sell the USDM seats.
 

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As far as I know a Canadian vehicle in the US is considered an out-of-country vehicle. NO US warranty. They tried that when the Oddessy was brought out. They had to be sold as a used vehicle and no Honda warranty. You ended up buying some sort of aftermarket warranty.

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My truck was sold in Canada when new. It got imported to the US as a used vehicle. This is a 2011 VP model. After I bought the truck I wanted to check for recalls. US Honda had nothing, didn't recognize my truck. Honda CN website did recognize it and there was an airbag recall on it. I ended up dealing with Honda US (only after I got my Minnesota license and tabs) and got the truck transferred to Honda US so my local dealer could perform the recall. Which they did at no charge. It was kind of a pain but once I got to the correct Honda person the transfer went O.K. The Honda US website still doesn't recognize my truck as valid but my local dealer knows that it lives here. Hopefully this won't be a problem in the future.
 

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Living 20 min from the border, I briefly toyed with the idea of buying a used 2G Ridge (I own a 1G) or a Jeep Wrangler and importing. It varies by manufacturer but FCA would not give import compliance paperwork showing car was configured for USA laws/regulations (even though it was built in USA). You had to have moved from Canada and/or owned the car for 6 months in Canada. This is how they protect their dealers I guess. Ironically, importing used trucks (like Wranglers) is huge business here in Michigan (an exchange rate arbitrage of sorts) where import companies buy used trucks (wranglers, f150’s, etc), do necessary paperwork, change speedo and import them in the hundreds (or thousands) and do large auctions to US dealers who sell them at a markup on used car lots (used car lots always have a few of these). You can tell by the sticker on the door sill which has a maple leaf. Also ironic is the fact you are importing back into the country it was manufactured so there may be some NAFTA exemption or something? Anyway, I ended up buying a used import Wrangler from a USA used car dealer. Very nice car, out of warranty anyway so I figured it was no big deal. All recalls were complete. One PITA was the car had the required Canadian DRL which prevented upgrading to LED headlights. So I ended up buying a tuner module to change computer parameters for headlights, wheel size upgrades, etc... pretty common in Wranglers... wouldn’t be an issue on a Honda. I may be wrong on some points.... but I‘m sure it can be done but they make it so difficult it’s probably not worth doing.
 

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Have you seen the prices for stuff ( including cars and trucks) in CANADA????? Canadians come to the states if they want a better deal and sneak the stuff back to Canada. Friend purchased a Kubota tractor in the states and saved $12k vs Canada pricing and taxes. He had a US friend transport over the border.
 

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Canada is still making them?!? ?
Wow... The American made ones, as we see on this website, are obviously garbage...
My Ridgeline is my first Honda, and the only reason I considered it was because I swore off Toyota after they abused me 3 times... Before making my final decision I had to see what people actually put it together... Turned out Hondas were made everywhere in the world, including Alabama, to which I actually laughed and said "I ain't buyin' that one"... When I saw the Ridgeline was made in Canada, I said "Canadians are good people, Let's do it!"...
Turned out to be a great decision... NOW, the Ridgeline is made in Alabama and man was I right again... Garbage...
To think we have 2nd Gens being made in Canada is exciting, and since Trump stopped the law requiring ALL states to follow California's :poop: smog control, Some of you MAY be able to buy a Canadian Model and register it in your State...
Canada DOES do smog control, they just aren't stupid about it...
 

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Have you seen the prices for stuff ( including cars and trucks) in CANADA????? Canadians come to the states if they want a better deal and sneak the stuff back to Canada. Friend purchased a Kubota tractor in the states and saved $12k vs Canada pricing and taxes. He had a US friend transport over the border.
Still you have to consider the value... American Made Ridgelines are :poop:, if you have to pay a couple thousand more for one made in Canada, maybe it's worth it... 1st Gen Canadian built are lasting 3 to 400,000 miles, the 2nd Gen American made ones won't get you home from the dealership... be sure to consider also, the fact that the Canadian Dollar is back where it belongs, at 75 cents, since Trump fixed our economy... $40,000 Canadian dollars is only $30,000 American Dollars... Of course it COULD still cost too much, they ARE a Socialist Country...
 

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Living 20 min from the border, I briefly toyed with the idea of buying a used 2G Ridge (I own a 1G) or a Jeep Wrangler and importing. It varies by manufacturer but FCA would not give import compliance paperwork showing car was configured for USA laws/regulations (even though it was built in USA). You had to have moved from Canada and/or owned the car for 6 months in Canada. This is how they protect their dealers I guess. Ironically, importing used trucks (like Wranglers) is huge business here in Michigan (an exchange rate arbitrage of sorts) where import companies buy used trucks (wranglers, f150’s, etc), do necessary paperwork, change speedo and import them in the hundreds (or thousands) and do large auctions to US dealers who sell them at a markup on used car lots (used car lots always have a few of these). You can tell by the sticker on the door sill which has a maple leaf. Also ironic is the fact you are importing back into the country it was manufactured so there may be some NAFTA exemption or something? Anyway, I ended up buying a used import Wrangler from a USA used car dealer. Very nice car, out of warranty anyway so I figured it was no big deal. All recalls were complete. One PITA was the car had the required Canadian DRL which prevented upgrading to LED headlights. So I ended up buying a tuner module to change computer parameters for headlights, wheel size upgrades, etc... pretty common in Wranglers... wouldn’t be an issue on a Honda. I may be wrong on some points.... but I‘m sure it can be done but they make it so difficult it’s probably not worth doing.
That's the biggest challenge to 'Trade Balance"... Can you REALLY blame other countries for NOT wanting to buy our poorly built :poop:? and, of course we want their well built stuff... We need to get back to the 70s when we had P.R.I.D.E. in in our work... Productivity, Responsibility, Integrity, Dedication, and Education... THEN we will be unstoppable!!!
 

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As someone that lives 15 miles from the border and 20 miles to the nearest Honda Canada dealer, the warranty reality for an imported vehicle (from Canada) is you have to take it back to a Canadian dealer for warranty service. I had the discussion with a Canadian Honda dealer when I was deciding between a 2017 RTL-E and 2017 Touring.

I still went RTL-E locally because of the 5% GST, then the 8.75% local sales tax to register it in NY and the need to run back to Canada for warranty issues. I still might have done it but I was trading an 18 month old RAM 1500 EcoDiesel and I could really make a far better trade here vs selling in outright (and only paying the tax on the difference) which was just a few thousand $ anyways.

Even with the exchange around 1.35 at the time, the US option was best financially overall. That being said, I'll most likely buy a used Touring from Canada for my next G2.
So the socialist taxes ARE a problem... Isn't that something, their dollar is worth 3/4 of our dollar and yet the socialist taxation outweighs it...
 
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