THORNHILL, ON, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - One of the biggest shopping days is
almost here and that means many will descend on American shopping
centres to take advantage of Black Friday bargains.
Before you make the annual shopping trek south of the border to stock up
on everything from the latest fashions to this year's must-have toys to
the coolest gadgets, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) suggests the
following cross-border travel tips:
Make sure your vehicle is road trip ready. Check your wiper blades and
fluid levels. Test your battery and inspect your tires for any tears or
bulges in the side wall.
Purchase travel insurance even for a short shopping trip across the
border. An unexpected trip to the emergency room or a visit to the
doctor's office can be expensive and provincial health plans only cover
approximately 9 per cent of medical expenses when travelling outside of
Canada*. CAA offers many travel insurance plans to suit your needs.
Pack a map as a back-up to your GPS. CAA offers maps and customized
TripTik route planners to help get you where you are going safely. CAA
can also help you book your hotel stay.
Be prepared for delays at border crossings. Before heading out check
border wait times at http://travel.gc.ca/.
Bring proper identification for yourself and any children travelling
Know how much you can bring back. For 48 hours or more, you can bring
back goods, tax and duty-free, worth up to $800. For 24 hours or more,
you can bring back goods, tax and duty-free, worth up to $200.
Declare all purchases and have receipts ready at the border.
For those in search of Black Friday sales on this side of the border,
the CAA Member 20/20 Event has exclusive offers and a chance to win
20,000 CAA Dollars.
CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering
roadside services, automotive care, travel and insurance. There are
more than 1.9 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and over 5.9
million members in Canada.
*Source: The Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada (2013).
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SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
For further information:
Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Consultant, CAA SCO, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Communications Consultant, CAA SCO, email@example.com, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.