I am new to the forum as well as to Canada and am going crazy about buying 240sx pignose.
I live in Toronto have G2 and will be turning 25 soon. I am trying to do as much research as possible now to learn everything about 240sx. I would be very thankful if someone gives me tips and advises on buying and maintaining the car. The questions I have in mind at the moment are:
Purchase. I constantly monitor Kijiji, Autotrader, this forum etc. for listings. I am even considering buying the car in the US. This morning I checked shipping cost at Uship.com and was given a rate of CAD 967$ for shipping 240sx from Florida to Toronto. Has anyone imported pignoses from the US? What will I have to pay at the borders for bringing the car to Canada? Will I have issues with registering the vehicle? If total cost of bringing the car to Canada will be around 1500 Cad, I think I can handle that.
Rust. Given the age of these cars we all know how easily they rust and many say that salt on the roads will destroy the body in 1-2 years. So far I have seen that entire Toronto is covered with salt in winters. How long will the car last here, if I drive it in winters? Obviously I will try only to drive when the roads are more or less dry. I readthis thread and want to know if any of those coatings really help. I don’t want to spend too much time on finding/bringing a car in decent condition with minimum or no rust and seeing in being eaten by rust in 2-3 years.
Insurance. I know that zero insurance history in North America will spike my insurance rates, yet I think I will manage to pay around 300 a month. Such high rates will not allow me to pay another insurance for a winter beater, yet I heard of something called “seasonal vehicle insurance suspension”. How much on average will it cost me to keep one of the cars parked during the “non-season’? By that I mean storing 240sx from Dec to April, and storing the beater from April to December.
This is going to be my first car in life, so what other things I should consider before buying it? Registrations, emission test, safety test etc…
Thanks for reading this long post and hope to see some useful advises and tips.