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Old 05-04-2017, 05:07 PM   #31
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it all makes sense to me.


It makes sense to me also. Just that some time has passed since this thread started and things change, really don't want any problems going either way.
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:31 PM   #32
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Make sure you have insurance in effect for both the trailer and you tow. I get a letter from State Farm specifically stating I have Canadian coverage, good for 6 months.
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:22 PM   #33
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No need for that; your tow vehicle carries the liability. Look at your U.S. trailer policy- it only has comp/collision.
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:54 PM   #34
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Reopening this thread. I am picking up my trailer on the 23rd and hope to turn around and head to Osoyoos and the rally. Illinois will NOT issue a plate without the Customs stamped copy of the import declaration.

If I understand this thread properly, the hassle will be with the possibility of criminality and a look at all the paperwork for the trailer. I really don't want to be turned away at the border going back into Canada nor for that matter am I looking forward to the cross back into the USA if I do.

If I can't cross back into Canada my travel plans will need some very drastic changes.
Hi Steven. We are picking up our trailer May 19th and live in Illinois. I suggest trying a DMV in another county as we recently registered ours and received plates within an hour in Rock Island county (Silvis office) even though our home is in another county. I've heard of other Escape owners in rural Illinois getting registered easily before pickup. Only hiccup for us was in getting a US dollar amount for taxes since ETI didn't include it on the paperwork. The manager knew someone in Springfield to call and did the conversion based on the rate on the order date. Not quite as good as the current conversion but it was more than offset by paying lower sales tax than we would pay in Dupage county. Good Luck
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:41 PM   #35
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Hi Steven. We are picking up our trailer May 19th and live in Illinois. I suggest trying a DMV in another county as we recently registered ours and received plates within an hour in Rock Island county (Silvis office) even though our home is in another county. I've heard of other Escape owners in rural Illinois getting registered easily before pickup. Only hiccup for us was in getting a US dollar amount for taxes since ETI didn't include it on the paperwork. The manager knew someone in Springfield to call and did the conversion based on the rate on the order date. Not quite as good as the current conversion but it was more than offset by paying lower sales tax than we would pay in Dupage county. Good Luck
A most interesting idea, as when I called Springfield all they said I needed was the Customs Declaration and not the stamped one as requested by my local office.
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:54 PM   #36
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Be careful where you do these things as many places require registration in your county of residence and/or where the trailer is garaged (which is not always the same town or state.). A county may take your money and register you in their county when you live in another one. That can be a problem later. The insurance agent is also likely to want to insure it where it is garaged. Need to look up registration requirements for your state.
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Old 05-04-2017, 08:33 PM   #37
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Be careful where you do these things as many places require registration in your county of residence and/or where the trailer is garaged (which is not always the same town or state.). A county may take your money and register you in their county when you live in another one. That can be a problem later. The insurance agent is also likely to want to insure it where it is garaged. Need to look up registration requirements for your state.
The actual law in Illinois requires that the sales tax in the city/county you live must be collected no matter where you buy or license your vehicle. This came about because people bought in surrounding suburbs or other counties to pay a lower tax rate. So the city of Chicago dealers put up a fuss and the law was changed to level the playing field.

Illinois registration costs are some of the highest in the country. California and New York start high but go down as the vehicle ages. Illinois is one cost until the vehicle is scrapped. May try elsewhere if I'm in the area.
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Old 05-04-2017, 10:37 PM   #38
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I have never once been asked for trailer registration when crossing the border either way. Rarely am I asked for the vehicle registration either.
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The actual law in Illinois requires that the sales tax in the city/county you live must be collected no matter where you buy or license your vehicle. This came about because people bought in surrounding suburbs or other counties to pay a lower tax rate. So the city of Chicago dealers put up a fuss and the law was changed to level the playing field.

Illinois registration costs are some of the highest in the country. California and New York start high but go down as the vehicle ages. Illinois is one cost until the vehicle is scrapped. May try elsewhere if I'm in the area.
Sales tax is generally by state. Registration is generally by county and the insurance agents are looking at where the trailer is kept. That is where they want it registered and insured. I am referring to registering in your own county, not another county.
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