Odd Car Dealership Story

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by wimic, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. wimic macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2006
    calgary, alberta
    I was chatting with a friend of mine the other day about a car that he wanted to purchase. We live in Alberta, Canada and he's looking at purchasing a Lexus.

    It's a well known fact that cars (as well as pretty much everything else) is less expensive in the US. Since we live relatively close to the border, he was planning to drive to Washingon to pick up his car which he was planning to purchase from a Lexus dealer there. (The lower price in combination with the strong Canadian Dollar made it a very worth while venture... he would save upwards of $12,000CDN on his vehicle).

    To make a long story short, he called the dealership and they told him that they weren't able to sell a car to him because he's a Canadian citizen. Apparently this is standard amongst dealerships who have both North and South of the border dealerships.

    It really makes you wonder... how free are we afterall?

    Any comments?
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    well it doesn't surprise me.
    you'd have to get the loan from an american bank/dealership and they don't have to deal with someone from another country if they don't want to.
    plus there are different regulations on cars in both countries.
  3. l33r0y macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Turn up with a briefcase full of cash and watch them hand you the keys :D
  4. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens

    You are a consumer, not a citizen of anything. ;)
  5. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    I was thinking the same thing. If you pay cash it is always a lot easier to get anything. And better deals too.
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Of course you can buy a car in America. You can buy a car in all the countries I can think of. However, you'd have better luck by not buying your car via a financing. Your friend would have even better luck buying a used car.

    PS: I'm Canadian. I bought a new car in a foreign country. ;)
  7. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    While he'll probably be able to buy the car in the US, importing and registering it in alberta could be a whole new can of worms.
  8. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    We had a similar thing in the EU, because of the difference in costs between a car here in the UK and the exact same model in another EU country, it was often cheaper to fly to that country on holiday, buy the car and drive it back, and still save yourself several grand in the process.

    It had gotten to the point where dealerships were refusing to sell cars to UK citizens because of this (such refusal was in fact illegal) though I cannot remember the circumstances that surrounded the change, but now it's much easier to buy a car in another EU country, though with the advent of the Euro, and a more uniform pricing structure, the saving's are not quite as substantial as before.
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Has nada to do with freedom.

    Purchasing whatever you want, wherever you want is not a right. Freedom is not defined by having someone else do for you whatever it is you want.

    The dealership has the freedom to accept or reject offers to purchase. And in this case, like in many authorized dealer contractual agreements (including Apple's, Nikon's, Canon's, etc.) the dealer cannot sell for export out of their territory. If they persist in doing that, they could lose their dealership.

    It's a market based economy -- contracts defining restricted sales areas are a part of the marketplace. If the dealer doesn't like it, they are free to sell Kias or Hyundais or whatever instead.

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