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importing older beetles from Mexico

 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:05 am    Post subject: importing older beetles from Mexico Reply with quote

Apparantly one can import cars 15 years old, or older into Canada .15 years back takes us to 1990. I was wondering why no one is importing the 1980`s model aircooled bugs from mexico into canada . Seems there would be a good market here? The older manufactured for Canada aircooled bugs in good shape fetch pretty good money. However when I look at the auto trader I don`t see any 1980 and up bugs from mexico in there, just the pre-80`s ones (again manufactured for sale in Canada). If a 74 bug in good condition will sell for 5000.00 than why not a good 87 model from mexico. I bet if you shopped you could find these for quite a bit less than that in Mexico. Could someone tell me what I am missing here? Thanks for any insight in advance.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My understanding is that when importing a car into Canada, the car has to meet the safety and equipment standards that were in place, in Canada, when the car was manufactured. So if you tried to bring a 1987 Beetle in from Mexico, it would have to meet the Canadian new car standards that were in place in 1987. I'm not sure if an '87 MexiBeetle would meet those standards as Canada (the US too) made some signifigant changes to their new car standards in 1980, which is one of the reasons that VW stopped selling Beetles in Canada and the States after 1979.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Devon ,I`ll look into it and get back .
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What you could also do (if you have the time) is get something like a 2003 beetle and put it on a clean older pan.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

growing up in california, my understanding was this: if you brought a mexican bug into the US, you could never register it legally. If you bought a mexican beetle -in parts- imported it, assembled it, and registered it as a kit car, you were golden. I know the same rules apply for importing new cars, and the safety standard issue as well.. so you might be able to import the parts. they had a special deal to just buy the parts if I remember correctly. But then- they don't build the cars anymore, so who knows.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Screw a whole pan, just get the number plate and the stamped area of the floor pan. Just weld it in and call it a Canadian bug. It may be somewhat illegal, but it would work, wouldn't it?
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