Canadian vehicle not identified by seller


Asked by Feb 11, 2018 at 04:23 PM about the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Question type: General

I recently purchased a car on this site that was not identiifed by the seller/dealer as a Canadian vehicle.  Does anyone have recommendations for to rule out emission (EPA) issues?  Do I need legal advice on this?

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Look at the place of manufacture on the door, see if it was actually made in Canada or not. When I was working at a dealership they actually got a number of vehicles from Canada too sell didn't seem to have anything wrong with emission standards, some were of Canadian manufacture but most of them came right out of Detroit to the Canada store and then to the dealership I was working at. If you are concerned you can contact the local DA and the BBB for more information.


Under the hood should be an emissions sticker. See what is says.

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The first character of your vehicle identification number (VIN) tells where the vehicle was built. A 2 in that position identifies it as Canadian built. Thousands of vehicles are built in Canada for the United States market. In order for it to be imported into the United States it must meet US emissions and safety standards in effect at the time of manufacture. My '86 Chevy Pick Up, that I bought new was built in Canada. However if you bought the vehicle in Canada and want to register it in the United States, that may be a different story altogether. HTH. -Jim

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Where the vehicle was built may mean nothing, but the country that it is built FOR is what you are after. I agree with F_O_R. either look at the emissions sticker under the hood or go to your nearest Jeep dealership's service department and ask them to run the VIN number to see what market this vehicle was manufactured for.

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Ironically, this all began when we took it into the dealership to have a check engine light codes identified and the service person there stated they wouldn't warranty any work on it since it was a Canadian manufactured vehicle. I did look at the EPA sticker under the hood, it doesn't say it was made for the U.S. but it does show it meet's California requirement and is certified for sale: ULEV (ultra low emissions vehicle) II qualified. Given that U.S. EPA is referenced on the emissions sticker, its probably fine. I'm probably worried about nothing because this service manager rubbed me the wrong way. I'm not a fan of going to dealership service departments.

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Sounds like the dealer is trying to weasel out of doing warranty work! I'd call Chrysler Customer Service and see what they have to say. Sounds like the vehicle meets US standards and was built for sale in the United States. HTH. -Jim


Dealership service departments can be great if the have competent service manager and competent service writers. I wonder if you got someone new that didn't know what they were talking about. I would do as Jim suggested and call Chrysler.

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