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Old 04-01-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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what state is best to buy?

Puzzling as to which is the best to do. I am looking for a 2011 DWL diesel gmc 3500 and also a 34 to 38 foot 5th wheel and was wondering what is the best state to buy in to get away from all the politics and taxes that has to be spend .

I live in B.C. in Canada and the prices here are just out of line, for example a 2013 montona 3800 RE costs about 89000 to 93000 and yet in the US they seem to run about 46000 to 52000.

One wonders which way to go and where to buy.

If there is some knowledge about what can be done PLEASE let me know.


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Old 04-01-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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I don't know how much taxes are affecting the prices...do keep in mind that no matter where you buy, taxes will still be due to the jurisdiction you register the vehicle in.

If you're thinking of buying in the U.S.A. and taking it home to Canada you'll still owe all Canadian taxes just as if you had purchased it there, and perhaps some import fees to boot. Do your homework carefully if considering going down that road!

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Old 04-03-2013, 06:10 AM   #3
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There's no escaping the taxes. As Francesca has stated, you'll either pay here in the States or back home in BC. Your research just has to be sufficient that you won't be paying taxes in BOTH places. That can happen so you need to be sure you are dealing with a dealer who is familiar with exporting. Oh, and remember that you will need the Canadian standards on your new rig to import it back to Canada.

Good luck on your search.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:53 PM   #4
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If possible, look below the Mason-Dixon line. You wouldn't believe the damage road-salt can do on the chassis of a motorhome or other RV's.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:27 PM   #5
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Most of us Yankees keep our rigs in storage during the winter month's. I'm sure there may be a few exceptions, but I would not discount looking at northern state RV's. Sorry about drifting off topic.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:28 PM   #6
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From my experience, there are four scenarios as follows:
1) Some states do not collect taxes if the RV is going out of the state.
2) Some dealers in states that normally collect taxes will not collect taxes if you take delivery out of that state.
3) Some states collect taxes but have reciprocal agreements with other states that credits the amount paid at registration in the home state
4) Some states collect taxes and do not have reciprocal agreements

Bringing an RV to Canada, you want option one preferably but option two will also work. I don't have a listing of states and how they deal with tax but ask the dealer when you are shopping. Any US tax paid will not be credited against Canadian taxes. You will have to do more research on the Tow vehicle as Transport Canada requirements must be complied with and they are somewhat difficult to determine on vehicles.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:40 PM   #7
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The bottom line is that, as a previous poster stated, you have to pay the sales tax in the state in which you register the vehicle regardless of where it is purchased. The same would presumably apply to a MH purchased in the US and exported to Canada. You would be liable for the sales tax in the province in which you register the vehicle. One way around it would be to renounce Canadian citizenship, become a US citizen and establish residence in a state with a low sales tax rate (South Dakota at 3% for example). That does sound a little drastic though.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:17 AM   #8
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I understand that I will have to pay for my registration and the taxes that are implyed with them in my Province but I do not want to be double taxed when I buy in the US.

thanx for the advice about the salt but I don't believe that most people would be towing when there is salt on the ground.
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Since you live in B.C. you could consider purchasing in Oregon, Montana or Alaska were there are no sales tax.

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Based on my scanning of the postings, your best bet is probably Oregon. No Sales Tax, RV'ing is very popular and lots of places with mild winters if buying used and are worried about issues like road salt. Proximity to BC is good too. A days good drive from the Lower mainland. When looking through Ebay, you find many more listings as a rule out of Oregon than Montana. The other option may be Arizona. If I understand it right, there is no sales tax for out of State purchases but they make you take delivery of whatever at the state border. That usually means a charge of a couple hundred bucks for the pleasure of getting it sent to the border. There too you will find all kinds of selection on RV side of the coin.

One last word of warning. There can sometimes be issues around warranty for imported vehicles, where say GMC Canada will not perform warranty work on a GMC vehicle imported from the states. That can be inconvenient if you don't live close to the border or if your vehicle breaks down and needs to be towed. Be sure to check that out and gauge how likely it is to impact you.
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I Live in California and bought a 54,000$ 4X4 diesel truck in Nevada. California bay area dealers mark up their trucks 7000$ over Carson City dealers. I told them I was buying it there and registering in Ca. I was willing to pay taxes there in Carson but no go. I was forced to buy it there and then go to Ca DMV to register and pay taxes. They could not accept the payment until I paid for, and had in hand, a certified weight of the truck so they could calculate the weight fee. I told them to look up a 3500 Dodge 4x4 Laramie and get the weight but they argued that no, it was different. I had 15 days to take time and get the truck weighed and return to DMV with a certified weight slip.
It was an unnecessary pain in the A$$ but that's what was necessary because it was purchased out of state. No way around it and I was willing to pay the California taxes and DMV fees up front but the dealer would do it that way.
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I would say Oregon too, but with the caveat that you will probably have to "Canadaize" the truck and maybe the trailer to register it in BC. You will not have to pay taxes, though, and title transfer fees here are very reasonable. There is also a fairly good stock of both new and used RV's here (I live near Portland), and also no salt unless the vehicle has spent significant time on the Pacific coast, which may be fairly likely in an RV. An inspection of the frame will reveal any rust.
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I purchased my DSDP in Arizona, but took delivery of it in Nevade. No taxes till I hit the USA/Canadian boarder where I paid the 5% GST and then another 7% PST when I registered it in my home province of Manitoba. Be sure to have your paper work in order (check the RIV website for requirements) and everything will go smoothly. It did for us in March with the DSDP as well as 2 years ago when we imported a boat and trailer purchased in Minnesota.

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