This has been overtaken by events, thanks all for the input.
tldr: does anyone have a line on getting the letter of compliance from volvo without shelling out $1,000 USD?
So my years-long search for the unicorn finally ended early this year when Mark finally agreed to let go of his Laser Blue '00 V70R. Because he's in Victoria, BC and I'm in Washington, DC (and don't know how to drive in snow), he agreed to let me pick it up in June.
Y'all may have heard Canada's not super thrilled about travelers from the US right now for some reason, and the trip was just canceled for the second time. So we're now into the "screw it, let's just get it shipped" phase of this money sink. Except the broker/shipper requires a letter of compliance which as of late last year, volvo changed from free to $1,000.It's originally a US market car, sold new in California. I've got the Carfax, I've got the EPA/DOT/NHTSA stickers on the hood/doorjambs, everything I would need to drive it across myself. Unsurprisingly, no one involved in the importing of cars really cares. Letter is non-negotiable. Having already spent a few hundred on PPI, minor fixes, a few nights of canceled hotel stays that were non-refundable, and looking at another $2,400 for shipping, I'm starting to crack. I fully expected this car to be a money pit, but not before I even had it in my possession!"A compliance letter from the vehicle manufacturer stating that the vehicle was manufactured in compliance with the existing US Federal DOT and EPA requirements that were in effect at the date of manufacture of the vehicle. The letter should be on the manufacturer's letterhead and reference the vin# of the vehicle."
Does anyone have a line on not paying volvo $1,000 to send me a letter saying "yep, car is compliant, it was originally sold here!" ?
I'm willing to name first born in honor.