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Boat purchase and registration ?

Posted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:23 pm
by Gater Dunn
Ok so when I buy a car I get trancfer papers and go to an auto insurance company (ICBC). pay the taxes buy insurance and off I go.
my Question how does it work with a boat and trailer?

Re: Boat purchase and registration ?

Posted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:56 pm
by Trouts Dream
The boat and trailer are two seperate purchases , make sure you get seperate receipts.
The trailer works a lot like a car purchase and will require some kind of provincial inspection. The GST and possibly the provincial tax for both boat and trailer will be paid at the border.
The boat should be registered at some point (took me 2 years to get to it) and new registration numbers put on it. In Alberta this is done at a provincial registry location.
Other than that is was pretty straight forward.

Re: Boat purchase and registration ?

Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:27 pm
by Gater Dunn
Trouts Dream wrote:The boat and trailer are two seperate purchases , make sure you get seperate receipts.
The trailer works a lot like a car purchase and will require some kind of provincial inspection. The GST and possibly the provincial tax for both boat and trailer will be paid at the border.
The boat should be registered at some point (took me 2 years to get to it) and new registration numbers put on it. In Alberta this is done at a provincial registry location.
Other than that is was pretty straight forward.
Ok I am Purchasing a local Mac 26x In B.C. PRIVATE SALE.The trailer I will pay the "HST" (GST & PST combined) when I register it and get insurance.
But with the boat who collects the "HST". The seller or some other gov. agency
don't want to pay twice

Re: Tax man

Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:41 pm
by Highlander
Split up the total cost $ boat , $ trl, $ eng , get three receits one for each
:wink:
J

Re: Boat purchase and registration ?

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:14 am
by Phil M
In Saskatchewan, the provincial tax is paid when you apply for a license for the trailer.

Phil M :macm:

Re: Tax man Canada

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:56 am
by Catigale
Gator. When you go to register the boat there will be a tax bill due. Interestingly enough, in NY state, if you don't have a motor, you don't have to register the boat at all for inland use. FYI mine costs 60USD for3 years

Re: Boat purchase and registration ?

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:16 am
by Gater Dunn
Catigale Thanks
I just looked at the time stamp on your post , and have noticed before you are often first to respond to posts, you must be like a MACVAMPIRE or something :D :D :D :evil: Boo in keeping with this weekends theme.

Re: Boat purchase and registration ?

Posted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:31 pm
by Indulgence
The BC Government monitors boat registrations. If you don't trot on down to Government House
on Pandora St they will assess you and send a bill in the mail. I haven't registered my boat in my
name yet. The tax bill for the privilege of owning my boat in BC comes to $5,200 (It's not a Mac).
I'm not sure yet, but I think I'm going to risk it and not register. I don't mind a proper tax but
this is just a deplorable money grab with no upside I can see.
Laurie

Re: Boat purchase and registration ?

Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:38 am
by Active
This is a bit late for an answer, but someone may be trolling for info: I bought a boat, trailer AND tow vehicle in Alaska June 2011, and imported them to BC via Washington State. (ferry from Juneau to Bellingham - then across border). Paid online for Manufacturer's recall letter for vehicle (GM wanted $270 for truck, Macgregor $0 for trailer), HST payable at border, RIV fee paid online. It was a basket price for the lot and HST (minus consideration for being out of the country for a week) was applied to the lot. No hitches, everything went smooth, both US Office of Export and Canada Customs were quite helpful. I cd not reach US OoE by fax (line always busy), but they readily accepted email. They *MUST* be informed at least 72 hrs in advance, at the specific crossing, of VIN's etc of vehicles/trailers (not boats) being exported.

Just make sure of following: need title dox for all things bought and bill(s) of sale. Insurance is bought from the importer's side of the border; border officials not curious about insurance, but police likely will be. If importing into Canada you need to be aware of the different agencies, who are not interested in each other's issues. They are: Motor Vehicle office for the State of original registration, (you may need a permit, or at least the plates for the vehicles to move them once bought(trailer is a vehicle)), Cdn Registrar of Imported Vehicles, US Vehicle Export Office (part of Customs and Border Protection), Cdn Customs, Insurance agency for your Province, and last but not least, Cdn Department of Transport for registration of the boat in Canada. Since DoT in particular is always :? changing its requirements, check what they are now.

Re: Boat purchase and registration ?

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:24 am
by kevinnem
I will be bringing in my boat in 3-4 weeks, I will let you guys know how it goes.