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Petition Started to Change 25-year Import Rule to 15 Years

Posted November 24, 2011 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Our fellow North Americans over the 49th parallel have it so good.

I'm not talking about the maple syrup, the beer or even the highest per-capita doughnut consumption in the world. I'm talking about Canada's 15-year rule for importing gray market cars. If you want an early 1990s Skyline, you may need to take up the sport of curling or referring to your couch as a chesterfield. Not only are they verboten in the United States, but the Feds have gone so far as to seek out, seize and destroy those cars owned by people who have managed to skirt the rules.

Here in the States, it is extremely difficult to self-import virtually any car younger than 25 years. Of course, cars 25 years old and older are relatively easy to get on the road. Fortunately, in the age of the Internet, we are now able to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances" online, the way the founding fathers would have wanted it. In this case, that grievance would be to bring U.S. law in concert with Canadian law to give U.S. enthusiasts and collectors the chance to lower that threshold down to 15 years like our neighbors to the north.

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