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Just thought I'd mention to you that I decided to back away from that
Viggen. I'll probably regret my decision in a few months, but there's
too much other stuff going on in my life at this point. I thought I'd
share some notes with you about what I learned about the CA-->USA import
process. Possibly you already know this, but if not it might be useful
for some other SAAB guy at some point.
To bring the car in, it has to have a valid EPA sticker, and you
generally need to have a "letter of compliance" from the manufacturer."
Since SAAB is gone, that's not possible. However, SAAB parts can produce
a accessory and vehicle history document, which they told me would
generally satisfy customs. Were it me, I'd verify that with an agent at
the specific border crossing point I was planning to use. They'll also
relieve you of roughly 2.5% import duty for the privilege.
Re registration in the states, I can speak only for Massachusetts. Here
in addition to the usual stuff, they wanted a title history document.
This can be purchased from the Canadian DMV as part of their used car
documentation package, for $20 CDN. It wasn't clear to me whether MA
would want me to pay extra for a certified copy, which takes several
weeks rather than instantaneous.
Also, FWIW, at least this vintage (2002 Viggen) had only KM on the
speedometer, not MPH. I asked MA whether this would pose an inspection
problem, and they said no.
So all in all, it looked doable, though with the potential of a few
pitfalls. In the mean time, it looks like I'll be happily driving my '07
convertible for a while longer.
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