June's hot weather and strengthening consumer demand has meant a rush on drop-top vehicles.
The premium quality convertibles carried by Victoria Premium Automobiles have been selling quickly.
Victoria's CHEK News stopped by Victoria Premium Automobiles and spoke with manager and partner Ed Pierik about supply, demand and a potential shortage of premium quality convertibles as buyers south of the border look north.
Victoria Premium Automobiles was home – for a short period time – to a 2014 Bentley Mulsanne. Ranked among the top five ultimate luxury sedans by Car and Driver, the Mulsanne is a leather, wood, steel and rare earth garlanded showpiece for the wealthy motorist.
It is also very powerful and very fast.
The Mulsanne has a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine lies beneath its big bonnet. Rated at 505 horsepower and an extraordinary 752 pound-feet of torque.
However, while the power and performance is extraordinary, it is the style, comfort and prestige that keeps the Bentley enthusiasts coming back.
According to the manufacturer, 170 hours of hand-crafted construction goes into each Mulsanne's interior. This includes hand stitching the leather-covered steering wheel, fitting and finishing the exotic wood that wraps the cabin, cutting and stitching the leather upholstery and pure wool mats and carpeting.
Here are a couple of images of this fantastic example of automotive art and workmanship in front of Victoria’s Empress Hotel.
A beautiful 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo made a pit-stop on Vancouver Island at Victoria Premium Automobiles in early June 2015. Sold and awaiting delivery to its new owner, the limited-edition LP550-2 Valentino Balboni is rear-wheel drive, powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 making 542 horsepower.
The Gallardo has since been replaced by the Huracán, but it is still a vehicle to behold. Only 250 special Gallardos were built by Lamborghini and the entire production was quickly sold out.
So, how does it sound and perform?
Let Car and Driver reviewer and Aaron Robimnson provide some insight:
"It’s more beastly than the slightly aloof slot car it’s based on, being louder and a little squirmy when accelerating and spearing toward an apex. A Balboni is definitely more intense and, with the gated six-speed manual to manhandle, more fun than the regular Gallardo," opines Robinson in August 2010. "Wallop the throttle, and the V-10 sounds like it’s shredding platinum Visa cards as the car pitches into a sensational YouTube-Clip-of-the-Week drift. But show anything less than Valentino’s own fearlessness on the gas, and the Balboni straightens right up, hunkers down, and—at the limit—plows."
Thank you for taking the time with me and offering us a great trade-in price.
Car sales remained solid in Canada in March as Canadians enter the traditionally strong spring retail season.
According to domestic automakers, March was another month of record sales performance. This is the second year-over-year increase.
Sales rose 2 per cent to 160,274 from 157,228 in the first month of the crucial spring selling season, according to numbers released by the auto makers. The U.S. market reported a slight decline in March.
However, it is interesting to note that Canadian sales rose overall despite declines by four of the top six companies in the sales rankings. Only FCA Canada Inc. (formerly Chrysler Canada Inc.) and Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. reported sales last month that were above year-earlier levels. Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd., General Motors of Canada Ltd., Honda Canada Inc. and Toyota Canada Inc. all reported sales declines.
Volkswagen Canada Inc. was the fastest-growing brand in the country in March, posting a 73-per-cent gain that was a record March and the second-best month in its history. Sales increased 46 per cent for Porsche Cars Canada Ltd. FCA Canada said its sales rose 2 per cent in March and puts the company in the lead ahead of Ford in the year-to-date sales rankings.
If you're in the market for a quality used vehicle I would highly-recommend Premium Auto. You can't go wrong with Ed and his team!
I recently purchased a 2004 BMWZ4 and couldn't be happier with the vehicle, the buying experience as well as the post-sale commitment to customer service.
Premium's vehicles are checked out by an independent mechanic and you can review the mechanic's report, as well as a Carfax report prior to purchasing the vehicle.
I found a small mechanical issue that could not have been detected during the inspection, after driving the vehicle for a few days. Not to worry! One call to Wade and it was taken care of.
I can't say enough about these guys...quality premium vehicles and quality customer service....you can't go wrong!
Don and Glenda.....2004 BMW Z4
PS I love my Z4, but this morning I saw an ad for a 2006 Z4 'M' at Premium. That baby has 325 horses compared to my 185. Could it be that I've found a 'newer love'......
First of all, I NEVER write reviews. Good or bad, I can't be bothered--I know this isn't something to brag about, but it's true. There are simply too many other things going on to find the time to focus to write one. Victoria Premium Automobiles is the first company I have ever bothered to review. They were that good.
Secondly. I have had some really bad luck with a large number of car salesmen that I have encountered. Sorry if there are any car salesmen reading this. You may be nice outside of work when you're not trying to size me up for the sale and ultimately 'win', but it has been my (fairly vast) experience with the ones that I have encountered that their interest in you goes only as far as your capability to purchase something. In many cases, they morph out of the ground beside you when you step onto their lot, but if they can't close the deal right then their attention wanders and you are made to feel like you are bothering them should you be taking your time. The team at Victoria Premium Automobiles was not that at all. They were genuine, they went more than the extra mile, and I honestly believe that they cared. They are in it for the long haul and recognize the importance to developing long-term relationships with their customers. They are absolutely are able to see the big picture, which is incredibly impressive. I have owned a number of 'premium' automobiles, and I have never been treated so well by a car dealer. Period.
Lastly. Their prices are extremely good. If you are in the market for a quality 'what you see is what you get' pre-owned vehicle you need to look no further than Victoria Premium Automobiles.
Thank-you Ed. Truly appreciated.
The value of the Canadian dollar is dropping and gas prices are plummeting. U.S. buyers are now looking north-north-of-the-border for quality used vehicles.
The Canadian dollar is now worth 80 cents US – this means a 20 percent saving for US buyers. Domestic vehicles and many imports are export-ready for the U.S. making the sales process much easier.
Americans purchasing a Canadian used car that is less than 25 years old must prove that the vehicle meets U.S. safety and emission requirements. Most cars sold in the U.S. and cars built for the Canadian market meet these requirements.
The sales and export process is made easier in Canada with export-specific tax, licensing and insurance services and processes.
When an American purchases a used Canadian vehicle they, require a bill of sale with the VIN# showing owner of vehicle and the Manufacturer’s Statement/Certificate of Origin, and the vehicle title.
Americans can obtain a temporary license plate / insurance card from the Canadian Province in which you are buying the vehicle and pay the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) which will be refunded later. American buyers do not pay the Provincial Sales Tax as they are a non-resident of the province.
U.S. buyers who purchase their used vehicle at Victoria Premium Automobiles receive a CarProof report. CarProof is a Canadian provider of vehicle history reports – a critical tool when you’re buying or selling a used vehicle. A CarProof report establishes trust and transparency between a used car buyer and a used car seller by removing the guesswork about a vehicle’s past – replacing it with impartial, accurate and real-time data.
A CarProof report is especially important for U.S. buyers. This report will show the history of the car, including any accidents serious enough to block entry into the U.S. or require additional testing before clearance.
Once U.S. buyers have taken possession of their used vehicle, they must take the vehicle through U.S. Customs. The must have all of the documentation for the vehicle with them when they cross the U.S. border. They will fill out form CBP 7501 and possibly others.
Copies of these forms are on the U.S. CBP website.
Customs officials will inspect the used Canadian car, ensure it matches the paperwork submitted.
In most instances, where all paperwork and documents are in order, the import process can take less than an hour.
U.S. buyers of vehicles made in Canada or the U.S. do not pay importation duties. Foreign-manufactured vehicles may require payment of the following duties: autos, 2.5%; trucks, 25%; motorcycles, between 0% and 2.4%. As a returning U.S. resident, the total amount paid can be reduced by applying the $400 Customs exemption (and those of accompanying family members) toward the value of the vehicle, so long as the buyer is driving it across the border; the used vehicle is for personal use; and the used vehicle was the purchase on that specific trip to Canada.
Victoria Premium Automobiles’ sales professionals have worked with many Americans purchasing used Canadian vehicles. Experienced and knowledgeable, all the uncertainty and guesswork is removed from the process ensuring a simple, straight-forward transfer.
There are many great values and vehicle purchase opportunities north of the border. Give Victoria Premium Automobiles a call and explore your options.
I am emailing you in regards to the wonderful customer care experience that you provided for my boyfriend and I. The ABS issue on my tribute was resolved quickly and efficiently thanks to the service provided by your business. It was very comforting to find out you guys stand behind your cars after they leave the lot. We would be happy to do business with you again.