I guess it all depends on what tires you are buying, because when I picked up my Iroks the difference in price was huge. I can't remeber the exact price but i believe I paid $1100US for 5 36" bias plys.i think it works out to about the same price by the time you factor fuel, exchange,duty, taxes etc. plus if you buy here your supporting local business. what kind of tires are you looking for?
youll only pay pst gst. duty (5% iirc) is on products that arent made in NA...but its not often charged on items that should be charged. its up to the customs person to determine whether they ask you or not. saving money is never a hassle. that said, have you checked around the local shops? what tires are you looking at getting? you might be able to find something that makes crossing the boder a moot point...especially if you only save 10% or so, since you'll still have to M&B up here...has anyone gone accross the line to washington to pick up or purchase tires before?? if so how did it work out for you?? how much duty did u pay if any? was it worth the hassel? Thanx
I got lucky when I bought my iroks from 4wheel parts, I came back into BC from Sumas (www.shiphappenssumas.com) on a Friday night and the border guard took my paperwork and said have a good weekend. The bucks I saved in taxes (no duty) went to buy beers.has anyone gone accross the line to washington to pick up or purchase tires before?? if so how did it work out for you?? how much duty did u pay if any? was it worth the hassel? Thanx
not a problem if you're doing this legit and spending a few days there with your family of 5. you dont want to know why that practice might be a bad idea. some have done it and gotten away with it...you definitely dont want to be the one that doesnt get away. im sure the cdn customs are aware of this trick. a brand spanking new set of non oem (read: bigger) tires on an old beater tend to stick out some...I was considering the same thing, although I would probably drive an old set over, have them replaced in WA, and drive back after hitting some gravel roads or something.. Anyone have any good reasons why this might be a bad idea?
i bought a set of 37" tsl's for $600 u.s. with 90% tread, a set of 33" bfg mud terrains with 80% tread for $300 and my current mt/r's with 80%? for $400. no hassles or problems. the tsl's were still a deal of a lifetime for me.
I really want another set of toyo's. i just sold my set of 37x14.50r15's to a buddy with rims and 90% tread for 1500 because i switched my diffs to 3/4ton and the 15's were usless to me. to get another set in 16's here in the okanagan they want 2000+. i can get them accross the line for 1600 shiped to warehouse in orville.i think it works out to about the same price by the time you factor fuel, exchange,duty, taxes etc. plus if you buy here your supporting local business. what kind of tires are you looking for?
I also heard Interco was making tires out of Indonesia. I just ordered a set of 33x10.5 boggers that could take 12 weeks to get mg:. I also heard that denmen the company who makes ground hawgs locked their doors with a lot of interco stock still inside, because they lease it for 4 months a year. i would phone Dalton at tires+ in mission, also try MSA ford cause there is a dude whos a member of the HoT who works there, can't think of his name Atm (think its john or something), he might be able to work a deal with you.Keep an eye on nation of manufacture. There is a 25-30% duty on tires made in China now as I understand. ie Interco LTB....