The answer is, technically, it's not legal. Any car originally sold in Canada can be permanently imported into the US only if the manufacturer supplies the importer with a letter saying it complies with all Federal safety and emissions standards. Alternatively you can have a registered importer (RI) modify it to meet those standards. Currently there are no RI's certified to modify the diesel 450 to US requirements.Does anyone know if there are any issues with buying a Smart Car in Canada and then getting the title transferd to the U.S.?
This response from Smart Car Canada smacks of protectionism. Protecting the US distribution network,ie, PAG, IB, and all the to-be designated dealers. Oh well, business, business, business... The waiting is killing me I keep thinking of all those lonely little smarties waiting in Smartville for homes and families in the US.Here is the official reply form Smart Car Canada.
Thank you for your interest in smart. For more information on the smart brand and when it will launch in the
United States, please visit the US website.
Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.