Hello - I am looking to purchase a 2001 TC Sig from a US dealer. I am a US
resident. Carfax reports the first registration and owner as being in
Quebec, Canada in June 2001. The vehicle was subsequently imported into the
US in Feb 2002 (15k miles), and "Vehicle declared to meet US highway safety
specifications - Bond released" is shown in March 2002.
After that, it shows being registered as a "private vehicle" in a northern
US state (April 2002), and then being traded to the current dealer that has
it now (Dec 2003 - 50081 miles - darn! just over the CPO mileage limit).
Can't tell if the April 02 registration is to the person that may have
imported it into the US, or if it was traded/sold/whatever once immediately
inside the US. The dealer says the car has had one US owner (that traded it
to them for a new car in Dec 03) but until I actually visit this dealer
(across the state line) to see whatever paperwork they have, I won't know.
To make this more challenging, this northern US state keeps the same title
number across subsequent owners, so Carfax actually reports *4*
in the US ("Title or registration issued - new owner reported"). However,
sweet talking a lady on the phone at the state DMV, she tells me that those
weren't in fact multiple owners, just re-registrations. She shows no control
numbers or whatever terminology that state uses to indicate a change of
ownership. Seems odd. Can dealers with the right connections "erase" history
in public records?
The VIN is 1LNHM82W91Yxxxxxx. That should tell me it is a "US" car (mfd in
Wixom??), but my concern is with the exportation to Canada. Is the vehicle
likely to have a KPH or MPH main analog speedo legend (with the opposite on
the smaller inner numbers)? And would the digital odo register the mileage
in KM or Miles (or would the US/Metric setting in the dash computer toggle
that back and forth)?
I don't want to be in a situation where the mileage may not be accurate if
it needed to have the switch/conversion done in the computer manually
Finally, should I be concerned with the possibility of an aftermarket dash
panel having been installed due to being a "Canadian" car? I remember seeing
a post here detailing a problem with 2001 TC daytime running lights on a
previously Canadian car, and that it might have had a dash replacement. Just
wondering if that is something to look at and how would I tell.
Any other issues I should be looking at for a previously "Canadian" car now
in the US? Other than the normal demo drive/independent mechanic inspection
thing with used cars. They are asking US$18995 (50081 miles - assumed).
Thanks in advance for anyone's advice.