The following bullets explain my rational:
- As a Canadian citizen, I was being refused my right to purchase a new Lexus in the U.S., (I wonder what the Americans would do if the reverse was true! )
- In the case of a Canadian broker; a couple were able to find the car I wanted, but with brokerage and transportation fees the savings deteriorated quite significantly. They both admitted to me that because the dealer knew the car was going to go to Canada, he was not willing to offer any further discounts. (Remember as well that there appears to be a shortage of these cars right now) . One Canadian broker told me he could obtain a discount from his U.S. partner,, but them went about calling me a liar for telling the public that I had negotiated over a $5,000.00 discount from the Canadian dealer. He indicated that this is not possible and I should be “ashamed of myself for lying to the public” People like this we really want to stay away from!
- I contacted an American broker through the help of some of my friends out West, this deal was a bit more attractive but again the savings were not significant enough for me exercise this option.
- Remember, I wanted a new car, not used.
- My local dealer found the car I wanted and was prepared to trade with another dealer in Quebec. The car would be ready for me on Monday!
- Another major factor was the re-sale value. Most Brokers and dealers tell me that when selling a
used car in U.S. , I should expect a lower price! Canada
- Finally, I asked the dealer to install a hitch. It advertised on the Canadian site for $855 plus tax and on the
site for $650 plus tax. He offered $700 plus Tax and I took the offer. U.S.
So in summary the difference , by my calculations and estimations was $3,500 and not enough to justify a buy in the