Just an update for anyone purchasing a trailer across the the border. Bringing the trailer home was no problem. We showed the bill of sale and title
at the border, filled out some paperwork and paid some taxes and that was it, about 15 minutes and they didn't even look at the trailer. Getting insurance, however, was a nightmare. (it's done, finally<shudder>)
We brought the trailer home on Saturday night, so Sunday we went to an insurance broker with all the paperwork we had. Our regular guy isn't open Sundays, but we wanted to get this done. The broker we ended up with was inexperienced and there was also a bit of a language barrier. He had to phone his supervisor repeatedly for advice (in Chinese too) and I kept hearing the word "Motorhome" to which I kept saying "Trailer, not Motorhome". It turns out, that the VIN on these older trailers is much shorter than the current standard, so the broker had to call ICBC but they aren't open Sundays, come back tomorrow.
Glad to be out of there but not happy about our lack of insurance. After work Monday we went to a local shopping mall that was open late. (again, our regular guy isn't open late). This guy was much better and got the ball rolling. However, after about 2 hours we were told he had to see the trailer before he could sell us any insurance. We said we really didn't want to tow it with just the Oregon plates on it could he come down and look, it wasn't too far. My husband even offered to pay him. He said they didn't do that and could we bring the trailer by tomorrow night?
Now it's Tuesday night, my husband is sitting with the trailer in a loading zone and I'm waiting for the guy to finish up with another customer. Finally he comes out and goes over the trailer, checking the VIN and looking for any damage. All is well and we think we're almost done. (ah, what naive fools we were). We go back inside and he gets on the phone with ICBC. They ask for the GVW. We don't have it. They do (from the last time it was registered in BC) but won't tell us; we have to get it weighed. By now it's late (again, this took about 2 1/2 hours) so we'll get it weighed tomorrow and come back.
The next day is Remembrance Day so most of the weigh scales I phone are closed. The only one I can find is at the Pacific Truck Crossing. Off we go bright and early only to get stuck in a long line-up of cars going across the line to shop. This takes about 45 minutes but we finally get to the scale and get it weighed. We get the appropriate paperwork signed and stamped and all is good. Almost. The Transport Canada guy says with only Oregon plates on it, we can't tow it and must leave it there. I said, we were trying to insure it, that's why we needed it weighed. He said, we should have temporary insurance. I said, they won't sell us any. He said, they're all idiots and you have to leave it here until you have proper insurance. I say fine.
Back to the mall with our official weight
. (720 kg if anyone is interested). The insurance broker says, "Where is the trailer?" we said "at the Pacific Truck Crossing" he said "but I have to see it"
(deep breath). "but you saw it yesterday", and he said "but I didn't sell you insurance yesterday. I have to see it on the day that I sell you insurance. Those are the rules" so we asked him to sell us some temporary insurance so we could go and get the trailer, but for some reason he didn't want to do that. Instead, he got on the phone to ICBC and explained everything to them, told them he saw the trailer the day before and it was perfect, not a mark on it. ICBC told him not to bother seeing it today and just sell us the insurance. (finally!)
There were still a few tense moments. The bill of sale and title said 1978, where as the last time it was registered in BC it was listed as 1979. There were a few other discrepancies as well that took some time to hammer out.
We were probably in the mall for 3 hours on Wednesday before we were done. Our insurance for the year is around $130 and we figure the broker spent around 8 hours of work on it. Hardly seems worth it for him.
So glad that's over.