Canadians Better Off Shopping Domestically for their RV



    Cross border shopping not necessarily a money saver for Canadians

    OTTAWA, Sept. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - With the rise of the Canadian dollar over
the past year, some Canadians have been quick to assume that buying all goods
in the United States will save them money. However, when buying an RV, it can
in fact be more expensive and troublesome to buy from a dealer located across
the border.
    According to Canadian RV dealers, the strength of the Canadian dollar
over many months has enabled them to have more buying power when purchasing
from manufacturers. This means that Canadian RV dealers are often able to
offer the same prices as U.S. dealers can.
    "It's a myth that everything is cheaper in the U.S.," said Go RVing
Canada Spokesperson Catherine Fortin LeFaivre. "And in fact, when considering
all of the hassle and the costs associated with bringing a vehicle across the
border, most Canadians are better off purchasing their RV at their local
Canadian RV dealership."
    Factors to consider that might make an RV cross border shopping
experience more expensive and troublesome than previously assumed include:

    
    - Numerous brokerage and duty fees associated with importing a vehicle
      into Canada
    - Travel costs (hotel, gas, food) associated with traveling a longer
      distance to shop and buy the unit
    - The cost of the difference of the exchange rate (if the Canadian dollar
      is not exactly at par)
    - Lengthy vehicle importation paperwork required by Canada Border Agency
      and Transport Canada
    - Temporary licensing requirement to bring the vehicle home
    - Costs and work of converting an RV to comply with numerous Canadian
      standards (which differ from U.S. standards) within a limited time
      period
    - Extra service costs for warranty repairs
    - The unavailability of financing at some U.S. dealership due to Canadian
      residency/ citizenship
    - Insurance and registration complications
    

    "It's important to be able to maintain a relationship with your local RV
dealer so that he or she can offer you advice and assistance about your RV for
many years to come," said Fortin LeFaivre. "When buying from a U.S. dealer, it
makes it very difficult and costly for the customer to just pop in and ask for
help."
    Before assuming that cross border will save a Canadian consumer money, Go
RVing Canada recommends checking with local Canadian RV dealers to see if a
similar price to that of the U.S. dealer can be offered and to examine the
advantages of local service.
    "Buying from a Canadian RV dealer can often times save you time, hassle,
and money," said Fortin LeFaivre.
    For more information on RVing and to find a local RV dealer, please visit
www.gorving.ca.

    The Go RVing coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV
manufacturers, RV dealers and campground operators. The coalition serves as
the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media
with information about the benefits of RV travel. The coalition also seeks to
enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.




For further information:

For further information: Catherine Fortin LeFaivre, Go RVing Canada
Public Relations, Media Line: 1 (866) 470-3528, catherine@impactcanada.com

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