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.
I want to say thanks again for the whole experience of buying our Audi A6 Avant from Victoria Premium Automobiles. My wife and I were so appreciative of the no pressure approach that you and your team have and your obvious interest in making sure we were happy with this vehicle. It was clear to us that, although you are in the business of selling cars, the main goal really did seem to be selling us the car that was right for us. I was (pleasantly) surprised when you suggested we take the car overnight to be sure it was right for us….I have not had that kind of experience from any car dealer previously.
You stand behind the quality of the vehicles you sell and, I can honestly say, go beyond that. I can’t recommend Victoria Premium Automobiles highly enough.
More Canadian consumers are opting to lease when acquiring new and used cars.
Leasing fell to a low of seven per cent in 2009 but has since increased in popularity to the point where almost 20 percent of cars in Canada were leased in 2014. This is well below the 45 per cent peak in 2005 (a percentage greatly reduced when car manufacturers got out of leasing in 2008 during the global financial crisis and when credit markets seized) but leasing is an option more Canadian consumers are seeking out for new and used vehicles.
According to George Iny, president of the consumer group Automobile Protection Association (APA), leasing has the advantage of reducing monthly payments because consumers pay mainly for the time they have the car and the kilometres they put on it.
Speaking to The Canadian Press in June 2014, Iny went on to explain that leasing is attractive because there’s little maintenance while cars are under warranty and no worry about reselling at the end of the lease.
There are also other benefits, including:
• A monthly payment that is lower than purchasing a similar new vehicle.
• Low down payments.
• Taxes are calculated on the monthly installments instead of up front on the total purchase price.
Combined, many consumers find that they can afford a more expensive model if they choose to lease rather than buy.
If you are looking for the lowest possible monthly payments, or the best possible tax write-off, VPA LEASING will work with you to build the lease that fits your needs and budget.
VPA Leasing can help you source the vehicle you are looking for and arrange favourable leasing terms. Or, if you have found what you are looking for at another dealer – or even through a private seller - VPA LEASING can help you lease the vehicle.
VPA LEASING provides lease funding for new and used vehicles and equipment for individual contractors as well as small and large business owners.
I just wanted to drop you a quick note of heartfelt congratulations and ongoing support from the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce on the “official” grand opening of Victoria Premium Automobiles. I believe that VPA will prove to be the auto dealer of choice, and best in your class!
Dear Victoria Premium Auto,
Here's a testimonial for you! I can't say enough thanks for making my experience in buying my "new to me" Mercedes crossover R350 a pleasure and a success. I wasn't planning on a new vehicle just now, and wasn't looking forward to the "shopping for a car" process.
I had already been to a couple of other dealerships and my reluctance to get in the game was further reinforced by having to endure a lecture from a 25 year old on why I shouldn't buy a car in the USA (wasn't planning to and don't know why it came up), the car sales experience was not looking good.
Then I met all the folks at Victoria Premium Auto. Respectful, knowledgeable, and with a fleet of beautiful cars in perfect shape to choose from you are the consumate car professional. You were easy to talk to, listened to what I was looking for and provided guidance and insight. Everything from the test drives to the bumper to bumper extended warranty was top notch and completed with professionalism and care. Thank You. You have eliminated the exasperating part of car shopping - dealing with the "car guys"!
There was no high pressure sale, but rather tolerance for me completing the deal while away on a business trip in Toronto, being able to walk across the lot to get the insurance arranged even as the plates were being installed, and you even saved me a gift bag from your open house that I missed. It's the little things ...
I love my new car, will recommend you to my friends and look forward to seeing you again. Thanks.