As of June 24, 2009, Porsche is insisting that it can no longer issue Recall Clearance Letters and that any such confirmation may only be obtained from a Canadian Porsche dealership once the vehicle has been imported into Canada.
The cost of the importation inspection is $1,250 and results in the issue of a Letter of Compliance from Porsche.
Here’s what importers ought to know before completing their Porsche purchase:
1. RIV does NOT require a Letter of Compliance to issue Form 2; RIV only needs recall clearance confirmation, copy of Form 1 and payment of the RIV fee.
2. If purchasing your Porsche vehicle from a US dealership, ask them to print off the Porsche warranty inquiry report off their internal systems. This is a screen capture that dealerships have access to and it will be accepted by RIV. Try and complete this step while negotiating your purchase as the dealer will have the incentive to work with you.
3. If purchasing from a private seller in the US, have them go to the dealership that performs their service work for them and obtain this printout. You could make this printout a condition of the sale so that the seller understands the importance of the document.
4. If you are unsuccessful at obtaining the warranty inquiry printout in the US, ask the seller/dealership for a price discount equivalent to the Porsche fee of $1,250.
Please note that if the vehicle you desire to import into Canada is shown as admissible on the RIV website then Porsche has confirmed to Transport Canada that the vehicle may be imported into Canada and can be modified to meet Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The importation inspection was not required prior to June 24, 2009 and appears to be a way to penalize importers of Porsche vehicles.