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Old 11-01-2013, 11:08 PM
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Canadian owners of US import Bimmers

I purchased a 2010 335d in 2011 which was imported from CA to Canada. This was my first BMW so I never gave much consideration to warranty issues. As you know, BMW Canada does not honour (Canadian spelling) the US maintenance warranty. I live relatively close to the US border so it is cost effective to drive 2 hours to have the service work done south of the border. While inconvenient, I have come to realize that the US program is more robust than the Canadian program. I asked the Service Manager of the dealer in Newmarket (30 minutes north of Toronto) about brakes being covered under warranty in the US and he emphatically stated that brakes would no be covered under the US standard maintenance warranty unless I had a special warranty over and above the standard warranty. I called the US dealer in Williamsville NY and they confirmed that my brakes were in fact covered under standard - a $800 USD service. Why doesn't the Canadian warranty cover brakes? While at the US dealership, I also found out that I have a CPO warranty which I had no clue about. I am covered until 2016 on a 2010 car. (provided the car is drivable to the US). This was an unexpected bonus I was not told about by my Canadian car dealership(which was not a BMW dealer)

While this has worked out in my favour (Canadian spelling again), I am puzzled why the brakes are not covered under the maintenance warranty in Canada? Seems like we pay higher prices for Canadian cars and get a substandard warranty on top of it.

If there any other Canadian owners of imported US vehicles, I would be curious to know about your experience.
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:14 AM
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Well if it makes you feel better, the way it works in the UK with an approved used BMW is that you get a 1 year warranty that doesn't cover brakes. Additional warranty wasn't offered when I got my car.
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:47 AM
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As you found out, brakes are covered under the US standard maintenance warranty, regardless of the emphatic service manager's statement.

As to why they're not covered under the Canadian maintenance warranty, I suspect that one would have to default to "Because BMW of Canada don't want them to be." The dynamics of the market must be such that that the added cost of covering the brakes wouldn't return enough additional purchases of BMWs to make it worthwhile.
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:09 PM
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As a general rule the US gets better "deals" in all things bimmer. N4S
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:48 AM
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As a general rule the US gets better "deals" in all things bimmer. N4S
Agreed. For example, European Delivery: 7% discount in US, 0% in Canada.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:11 PM
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Interesting that BMW USA is still honoring the warranty/CPO even after the car was exported. I've always been told that once the car left the US, the warranty is voided.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:09 AM
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Interesting that BMW USA is still honoring the warranty/CPO even after the car was exported. I've always been told that once the car left the US, the warranty is voided.
It is awkward for sure but the maintenance is covered in the US. Good for me but high PITA factor considering it's a day's exercise.

I'm actually in the US having brakes done today. $800 US makes it worth the drive.

The mechanical warranty is still honoured in Canada but the CPO extension s not. PITA again.
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