Certified for Mail Delivery, yes. Although there may be other dealerships selling RHD vehicles, none are sold to be fully compliant with all HTA Regulations as outlined in the Highway Traffic Act R.S.O. 1990. There are several “One Man” show operations in Ontario, and some claim to sell RHD vehicles suited for Mail Delivery at fantastic prices; however our research has proven that cheaper prices come from poor quality vehicles and a lack of preparation. RightDrive is the only facility with a specific RSMC sale and support program in Canada.
Yes, Right Hand Drive vehicles are fully legal in all of Canada under the Highway Traffic Act and are permissible for every form of road travel pending they have been brought up to Canadian code. Including but not limited to; DOT approved tires, brakes, fluids, Daytime Running Lights and Child Safety Seat latches. Vehicles must be 15 years old or older to be used on Canadian roads.
This depends largely on what the size requirements are for your current route. If you require 100 cubic feet of interior cargo capacity, then this must remain constant for your RHD purchase. “Kei” vehicles (smaller Japanese trucks, vans and cars) only carry a maximum interior cargo space of 60 cubic feet, so they are not suitable for most routes. Vehicles like the Honda Odyssey, Honda CRV (with roof racks) and Mitsubishi Pajero exceed this requirement. Also, ensuring your vehicle has a North American counterpart, or is easy to find parts for should be of strong consideration.
Possibly. For the time being, Canada Post has selected routes that have more than 330 mail boxes (RMB’s) and designated them RHD only. Paired with this designation, the RSMC will have the option to accept a vehicle directly from Canada Post, forgoing their vehicle allowance and expenses; or purchase their own RHD, keeping their vehicle allowance and expenses plus a $6000 RHD Cash Back program.
No. If the vehicle has a North American counterpart, parts do not take any longer to acquire. However if the vehicle does NOT have a counterpart sold here, certain parts can take longer to acquire. Selecting the right vehicle for RSMC use is pivotal in ensuring you will have minimized downtime/repair time. Parts acquisition for a RHD vehicle happens through the vehicles VIN number, as it does with a North American vehicle. For example, a windscreen for a Suzuki Wagon R can take substantially longer than finding one for a Honda CRV, which has a North American equivalent. Ensuring your vehicle is parts compatible can easily be done by calling 1-877-398-8220.
No. Certain providers carry RHD insurance specifically for RSMC use, and all of the providers that offer this type of group coverage do not penalize or increase prices based on the vehicle being RHD. To obtain more information surrounding RHD vehicle insurance, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Transport Canada allows vehicles that are 15 years of age or older into Canada for road use. This means that in 2019, the newest RHD vehicle that can legally be sold in Canada is of a 2004 production year. The only exception to this rule is some Chrysler/Jeep products that have been manufactured in the United States already in RHD trim.
The costs to import a vehicle from any country are relatively static – roughly $5500 is spent in transporting, customs charges, North American preparation, etc. Regardless of who is importing the vehicle, these charges have to be paid. Any additions to that price largely reflect the purchase price of the vehicle in Japan. For example, a vehicle offered for sale in North America for $8000 roughly had a $2500 purchase price in Japan, while a $12,000 vehicle roughly had a $6500 purchase price.
In most cases no – Japan has strict rules for maintenance and when these rules are followed, the vehicle is in superb condition, with no evidence of rust or corrosion. However, this does not guarantee that every vehicle from Japan will be in pristine condition, so partnering with a reliable and OMVIC registered dealership who understands how RSMC vehicles are used is essential. Currently RightDrive is the only dealership in Ontario that prepares every RSMC vehicle to full Highway Traffic Act specifications, thus ensuring reliability and longevity.
The population in Japan benefits from having a very efficient rail system and a tax benefit for keeping mileage low. This does not guarantee that all vehicles from Japan have low mileage, but with the large number of vehicles available for sale in Japan, the chances of finding true low mileage units is much greater than in North America.
Although there are no “Car Fax” reports in Japan, there are systems in place to identify vehicles that have had previous repair histories or branded titles. When buying a RHD vehicle privately (i.e. one already in Canada), this information may be absent however when purchasing a vehicle from a Registered Dealer, this disclosure is mandatory.
If a vehicle is sold privately for significantly less than current market value; the transaction will be very risky. We’ve heard stories of vehicles being imported without proper paperwork etc. Additionally with a commercial or semi-commercial application, vehicle preparation and reliability is key – and these are areas that an unregistered seller has little interest in ensuring. Purchasing a RHD vehicle that has a litany of problems can be a very large headache – ensuring you have done significant research on the vehicle and the sellers history before hand is strongly recommended. RightDrive is always your safest bet as we’ve had 10+ years experience with RHD vehicles, our partners in Japan pre-inspect vehicles before they arrive, additionally we offer financing and accept local trade-ins of any type .
Yes! Warranty options are available at extra cost. We work closely with trusted and insured 3rd party warranty providers and have packages tailored to your needs.
Yes, RightDrive offers financing with rates as low as 7.75% with $0 down payment (on approved credit). This largely depends on credit score and income, however most RSMC’s qualify for this package. RightDrive is the only dealership in Canada offering RHD vehicle financing for RSMC’s – we look forward to working with you soon!