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The reason I ask is because the announced price on the net between, say, www.tirerack.com (USA) and www.tiretrends.com (Canada) is humongous.

For example the Pirelli Sottozero 225/60R18 is 181$ US (~213$ Can) on tirerack, and 285$ Can on tiretrend. A local dealer here in Montreal quoted me 287$ Can for these same tires. Should I just order straigth from tirerack, or is there some tax/duty fees that make the US order less attractive?
 

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i'm in toronto and could not agree more.
i ordered my snows from tirerack yesterday. US $228/tire (about C$275) deliverd to buffalo (i have a place i can get stuff shipped to there). My cdn tire guy could not get the tire for under $425 ea. Saved c$600 on the set.

there is no duty. you only pay GST (and i assume QST) -- but you have to pay that in canada anyway. and the shipping into canada is a bit more. and you have to pay a customs handling fee if they ship to canada -- about $15 flat rate per shipment.
 

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hemiwagn said:
and you have to pay a customs handling fee if they ship to canada -- about $15 flat rate per shipment.
Are you sure about the duty HW? I had to pay around $14 for the detailing stuff I bought from Gary, and it was worth $88.30 US. I bought a new CPU a couple of years ago that cost around $200 US and had to pay over $100 duty on it.

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Are you sure about the duty HW? I had to pay around $14 for the detailing stuff I bought from Gary, and it was worth $88.30 US. I bought a new CPU a couple of years ago that cost around $200 US and had to pay over $100 duty on it.

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Well strictly speaking it depends on the goods brought in. Most items are covered under the free trade agreement = no duty. Hence the detailing stuff was about C$100 and they do collect GST and PST on everything so $14 is about right, depending on what exchange rate they used

Not sure about the CPU. If it was not made in America, it probably would have had a duty based on country of origin.

I guess the chartered accountant in me just thinks about this stuff too much.
 

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A friend of mine ..... ahem ......

A Canadian who lived close to the US Border, would wait till her tires were about worn to the limit.

She used to have the new tires shipped to a mail/parcel receiving outlet in the US near the border. $8US for receive and hold for 3 days

Then she would drive over, have a local US tire store install and balance and then drive back no GST or anything else.

I would never do that though ..................... :newangel:

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A friend of mine ..... ahem ......

A Canadian who lived close to the US Border, would wait till her tires were about worn to the limit.

She used to have the new tires shipped to a mail/parcel receiving outlet in the US near the border. $8US for receive and hold for 3 days

Then she would drive over, have a local US tire store install and balance and then drive back no GST or anything else.

I would never do that though ..................... :newangel:

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Humm...the exchange rate is good these days too. :newangel: (me either!)

Rambit - living 120 miles from the US...hummm
 

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goddardzilla said:
A friend of mine ..... ahem ......

A Canadian who lived close to the US Border, would wait till her tires were about worn to the limit.

She used to have the new tires shipped to a mail/parcel receiving outlet in the US near the border. $8US for receive and hold for 3 days

Then she would drive over, have a local US tire store install and balance and then drive back no GST or anything else.

I would never do that though ..................... :newangel:

Zilla
Me either!!!!!! :newangel: :banana:
 

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tire rack will even send them to the installer of your choice in the .... ahem...border town of your choice. see their website for details.

i can't do that in my case because i am putting the snows on my stock wheels and still need the f1's (only 4,000km on them).
 

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We bring in tires/wheels from TireRack all the time. Don't bother converting using the dollar diff alone. Current exchange with duties, brokerage, taxes etc = 1.5.
So take you $175 tire multiply by 1.5 and that will be your landed cost. Just keep in mind now you will have to take that product to a shop and pay full price for mounting and balancing. no need for them to give you a deal, u didn;t even buy product from them.
 

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Just for comparison, I just bought a set of Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow 235/60/18, mounted and balance on a new set of Dante 18x8.5 Chrome Wheels for 1700.00 Canadian.
 

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When ever I buy anything over the states, I ask them to ship it as a gift. So you dont have to pay the duty. But most of the time, i got family and friends on States side. Most online sites, will deliver free to the US.
Plus I live on a Native reserve, everything is Tax Free
 

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I bought the 4 BF Goodrich tires from the Tire Rack at 131.$ us and they were listed in canada for about 385$ cdn a peice. even with the exchange rate, duty and shipping they were still way cheeper then buying in canada. I will continue to buy from the states.
 
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