I'm writing this post to document and archive my experience.
- bought a 96 Jetta GLX from Florida in 2005
- drove it from Florida to Toronto on Dec. 30th 2006. When I got to the border I was allowed to bring it into the country with no trouble because I am a dual-citizen. When I showed my American passport I was now a visitor and did not have to pay anything at the border and could drive in as a tourist.
- the car went into storage in Toronto for 2 1/2 years soon after. When I took the car out of storage in 2010 I started the import process, this is now almost 3 years later.
- I called the border to find out if I had to drive it back there to start the import process. I explained my story that I was also a US citizen and was now going to reside in Canada and wanted to import the car but it is already in the country. They told me to contact the INLAND BORDER SERVICE. Keep in mind, this IBS is not listed in any yellow pages, google search or anything that I could find. I was given the address of one of the TWO places in and around Toronto which is 5425 Dixie Road in Mississauga and 2720 Britannia Rd E.
- once I went to the IBS I explained my situation once again and I was classified as a returning resident and as such had an allowance that my car value was way under, especially with my "Bill Of Sale" stating I bought the car from my father for $200 . It was here that I received the infamous FORM 1 I think
- the next step was to go to the RIV and pay them their $200 fee for FORM 2
- after this I went to Canadian Tire to get my inspection. They only checked the stickers on the door jams and that I had DRL's, this is a free inspection.
- the next step was to get a "Safety Check" and an "Emissions Test", I think we all know about these
- the final step was to get insurance, this was the tricky part. I had to call around various brokers, explain the situation and tell them the car was in storage at the mechanic who was taking care of all the inspections, etc etc and I needed to get it insured even though it was not yet registered in Canada so I could drive it to the MTO to get the plate. After I found a reasonable insurance rate I went to the MTO with my FORM 1, E-Test, Safety and Proof of Insurance and got a plate for $38 and that was it. I never had to pay taxes on the car because I was a returning resident