Tesla S - Importation into Canada

Tesla S - Importation into Canada

Has anyone actually imported a Tesla S into Canada?

RIV Canada list says only the Roadster is legally importable?

Roadster models built from May 4, 2009 to
August 31, 2011 inclusively

If you did successfully import an S modulel what duties did you pay?

stephen.kamichik | 17. Juni 2013

I picked up my model S at the Laval service center. All model S owners pay 6.1% federal import duties as well as provincial and federal sales taxes. The 6.1% duty is included in the price quoted on this website (see Canadian region).

Brian H | 17. Juni 2013

Why would you bother? They're on sale and widely delivered in Canada. Russia is a different story.

KenGrierson | 17. Juni 2013

Thank you for the information Stephen.
Brian... a couple of dozne to 10 units = widely delivered?.. really?

ghillair | 17. Juni 2013


I don't know where you got "a couple of dozne"?? There were 200 Canadian Signature's and as of Feb 1 an additional 700 reservations. I believe all the Signatures were deliverd and probably 300 to 400 hundred more, so 500 - 700 hundred is widely distributed in Canada. If you exclude California That is probably close to the same as the rest of the US on a per population basis.

Brian H | 17. Juni 2013

Yeah, there were 70 Sigs in the Vancouver area alone, back in December.

Brian H | 17. Juni 2013

BTW, a couple dozen is more than 10. Duh.

hanstremblay | 17. Juni 2013

About the reason to import a S to Canada ; Over the Time We Will see more and more used S for sale ( some may want to upgrade to the new gadget ilke P85+ or What else in the future).
We already CAN see some on ebay and it could be useful to know if we (canadiens)can bid on that.

Brian H | 18. Juni 2013

There are some differences in Cdn. requirements and regs. There are issues importing any US car.

cng | 04. November 2013

So why is Tesla not supporting the importation of used US sold model S to Canada?

DTsea | 05. November 2013

@cng, what would you expect Tesla to do to help you import a used Model S?

Darth Fedor | 02. Juni 2014

More on this? can it be done?

EdwardG.NO2CO2 | 02. Juni 2014

I own a Tesla in Florida and wanted to bring it up to Canada just for a few weeks then back to Florida where it is insured and licensed. While doing research on how to cross the border I found this:

Currently it is not possible to import a Tesla to Canada until Tesla gets it on the approved list. I have been trying for 2 months to get an answer on when/If they are going to get this done. The only other option is to get a letter from Tesla stating it complies with the Canadian safety standards and there are no outstanding recalls. But have not had any success getting that letter either. Not giving up but may have to sell the car instead of import when we close the winter home for good.

Khalid | 02. Juni 2014

I think Tesla needs to modify a few things in the software such as making the day running lights always on instead of giving the driver the option to turn it off. In the US, you are able to turn that off from the screen. The other thing I know about is the seatbelt button. In Canada, the button has to be red.