Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vehicle Imports in 2008 Break Previous Records

The North American Automobile Trade Association (NAATA) has summarized the importing stats from 2008 as follows:

A total of 239,929 vehicles were imported into Canada through the Registrar of Imported Vehicles program in 2008, breaking the old record set the year before of 189,738 vehicles.

This figure represents an average of 22, 600 vehicles per month from January to October allowing for the dramatic declines in November (
7,854 vehicles) and December (5,661vehicles).

With the drop in the Canadian dollar exports from Canada to the US and to other parts of the world are starting to pick up.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Daytime Running Lights for Chrysler Vehicles

Canadian Dealers Can Activate DRLs

A few weeks ago a subscriber asked:

Do you know if Chrysler makes a module to turn on the DRL system in a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. I live in the States and have a Canadian made unit. All the dealers and Chrysler have given me is a run around. Anything will be helpful."

UCanImport offered this reader some advice on how to get the information, and asked them to provide any feedback for our subscribers and blog readers. Here's the answer for all Chrysler importers:

"I finally found the answer to the question. American Chrysler product dealers do not have the ability to turn the DRL system on with their Tech Box, but I have discovered that Canadian Chrysler product dealers do. All I have to do is drive over to Windsor and go to the dealer and they will take their box and flash the PCM and on they come."

UCanImport advises that in many instances Canadian Tire may be able to help depending on the year of the vehicle.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Import a Mercedes-Benz from the US

Transport Canada list shows 2009 models are now admissible to Canada

If you are seeking to import a Mercedes-Benz vehicle from the US, please review the newly-updated list at Transport Canada for admissibility requirements. To review admissibility listings directly at Mercedes-Benz, please see

We encourage you to review an earlier blog posting to understand how to obtain a Recall Clearance Letter for your Mercedes-Benz importation.