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Old 04-06-2018, 02:43 PM   #1
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Hey,

I know we have some Ford experts (and even employees) out there and some folks from Canada so I'll throw out this question


So, I priced a bunch of new F350s in the fall and decided there is no way I'm putting out $75-80K for a truck. However, my bride sat in a Platinum and "WE" decided "WE" have to have all the niceties of the upper range models and it has to be a 2017 or newer with the aluminum body and newer style.

So I have a conundrum. I'm slightly frugal (some say cheap) and trying to make sanity out of these prices.

My question is, Do I need to be concerned buying a truck previously titled north of the border? I found a nice F350 priced really well with 25K on the odo and 890 hours on the meter, no reset.

I keep finding low mileage 2017's at dealerships priced really below book value and the window stickers/carfax are almost always stating it was a bought in Ontario. Canada, not California.


I did some digging and turns out there is a whole cottage industry in importing newer used low mileage vehicles from Canada to US to take advantage of the currency exchange benefit. Its big business and there is actually an auction house north of detroit that moves 10s of thousands of vehicles a year this way.

In fact, their website (exclusively for dealers, not for joe public) states that with the exception of Chrysler, factory warranties carry south to the US.


Anyone out there familiar with this business and can tell me if I should buy or run away screaming?

BTW...If I pull the trigger, I am going from 9800# max towing to 20,000#..woohoo! time for that 5ver
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Old 04-06-2018, 03:53 PM   #2
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With a 30% exchange rate , all the trucks I have owned went state side . Mine are all GM ,but Ford do the same . When our dollar went even exchange , US trucks were coming into Canada . They have to be a minimum 6 months old .
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I talked to Ford Canada customer service and they were helpful. Said no issues with warranty.


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Old 04-07-2018, 12:06 AM   #4
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If you decide to pull the trigger on that F350 and it is a short bed I have a Pull-rite auto slider I will sell you for a great price...

Although by your last line I'm pretty sure your talking about a long bed DW......
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I bought a 2017 Lariet Diesel Dually in Dec. LOVE it. I just had the underbed 5th wheel puck system installed. If you buy the truck and it doesn't have that in it, take a look at Fordaccessories.com. You can order the underbed system for $799 and take the option of including installation for $100. They ship it to your local dealer and they have to install it for $100. It is a very good deal. I priced an aftermarket one to be put in for $1500!
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I also bought a F350 Lariet 6.7 DW...I put a B&W under bed goose neck ball mount on the truck...Also got a DEMCO 20K 5th wheel hitch that is held in place by the goose neck ball, no puck system and only one hole in the bed...
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Only issue I would see is that its an export and everything is read in km instead of mph. Same with miles to empty will read km.
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On second thought scratch that, you can probably go into the settings app and change it.
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Hey,

I know we have some Ford experts (and even employees) out there and some folks from Canada so I'll throw out this question


So, I priced a bunch of new F350s in the fall and decided there is no way I'm putting out $75-80K for a truck. However, my bride sat in a Platinum and "WE" decided "WE" have to have all the niceties of the upper range models and it has to be a 2017 or newer with the aluminum body and newer style.

So I have a conundrum. I'm slightly frugal (some say cheap) and trying to make sanity out of these prices.

My question is, Do I need to be concerned buying a truck previously titled north of the border? I found a nice F350 priced really well with 25K on the odo and 890 hours on the meter, no reset.

I keep finding low mileage 2017's at dealerships priced really below book value and the window stickers/carfax are almost always stating it was a bought in Ontario. Canada, not California.


I did some digging and turns out there is a whole cottage industry in importing newer used low mileage vehicles from Canada to US to take advantage of the currency exchange benefit. Its big business and there is actually an auction house north of detroit that moves 10s of thousands of vehicles a year this way.

In fact, their website (exclusively for dealers, not for joe public) states that with the exception of Chrysler, factory warranties carry south to the US.


Anyone out there familiar with this business and can tell me if I should buy or run away screaming?

BTW...If I pull the trigger, I am going from 9800# max towing to 20,000#..woohoo! time for that 5ver

I'm a Ford guy and have been for ever, but the '17's have little to no advantage over the 16's other than a few pounds of paper capacity. If you want to save money you should be looking at new or low mile 16's.

There is no real weight savings (the advertised is 350 lbs at best) with the 17's and you have all the complications of the poorly built aluminum bed fastened by steel fasteners (galvanic corrosion) plus the crappy cab from the 150 that rides and seats like garbage. Toss in 1st year production problems and you have one wonderfully expensive pile of garbage.

There's already problems with galvanic corrosion on the F150's, all you have to do is remove any the of the fender screws and wipe away the white powder under the fastner.

Plenty of good low mile 16's out there yet on a tried and true platform. I bought my '16 F350 brand new for 20K less than the equivalent '17 last October. No funky electric steering or electric fan failures to deal with either.

After 25 years of Fords, I doubt I will ever buy another especially if they look or are built as the current crop of garbage.
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So you bought a 2016. Got it


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