The 2003 SL500 and all Mercedes from 2004 to 2006 can not be imported into Canada from the US

The 2003 SL500 and all Mercedes from 2004 to 2006 can not be imported into Canada from the US . They are not on the Canadian list of the cars that can be imported
into Canada. The 2002SL is on the list and the 2003 500SLR is also on the same list. Any body knows the reason why the 2003SL and all Mercedes from 2004 to 2006 are excluded? Tia John
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Why not ask Transport Canada? I'm sure they are delighted to help you with the questions...
http://www.tc.gc.ca/ is for Transport Canada.
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That's not facerous advice, they're quite friendly, approachable and love talking about this stuff. Phone them.
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I did ,last Friday at 15-00 , left a message in the answering machine. No reply yet. Will try again Monday.
Thanks
John

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NOBODY in the federal government answers the phone at 3 on friday.
Try a tuesday morning.
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On Sun, 18 Jun 2006 17:30:01 +0000 (UTC), snipped-for-privacy@news.vrx.net (Richard Sexton) wrote:

They call back
The listing of the cars as importable, is the manufactures responsibility. Consequently, if the car isn't listed, a letter from the manufacturer is required, stating that the car meets Canadian standards.
Also, importing a defective car, like with water damage (Katrina) may or may not be approved by the province. Suggested call the Government of that province for more information. There is probably al loophole in the law. Import it into one province and then transfer it to another. One has to pay taxes twice.
John
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Ok, this makes sense now.
If you read the fine print there are some Mercedes models that if you sell them in the first year you HAVE to sell it back to MBUSA. I have no idea if this is true today but it was in recent memory.
This makes movment of hot/new models, uh, negotiable across the US/Canada border. Clever buggers. No doubt this changes every year so the last 3 years SL's require a letter. Clever.
Nominally you can import any US legal car into canada with a small amount of paperwork and a couple hundred bucks. Or few hundred. Cars 15 years and older are "pay the GST and $100 extra if it ever had A/C", in 10 minutes at canada customs and congratulations you just miported a car. Frankly you'll spend much longer as US export control waiting to clear the car.
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On Wed, 21 Jun 2006 23:54:41 +0000 (UTC), snipped-for-privacy@news.vrx.net (Richard Sexton) wrote:

MB Canada, will charge about $5,000 can to modify an SL500 2003 to 2005 to meet Canadian specs. Only after that they will give you a letter required by the Can. Gov. to register the car.
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