Tesla Motors blocks importation of used Model S in Canada
A question has been asked to TESLA MOTORS regarding the importation of used Model S in Canada.
I learned today that Tesla motors did ask Transport Canada to remove from the admissible vehicle list of the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles the Model S. The model S was in this list since june 2014. This creates an effective administrative barrier against the possibility to import in Canada a used Model S originally purchased in the States. As the US and Canada has tightly coupled economies, and movements between the borders are quite common, blocking the importation of the model S is not a good news for any owner.
The RIV website does not indicate any more the model S as an admissible car, and has the following Notes where I cut and paste their text:
Note-1: Please contact the manufacturer prior to importation to determine the exact nature and cost of modifications required. Possible modifications may include: daytime running lamps configuration, electronic immobilization system [EIS], metric odometer and speedometer configuration. Note-2: Tesla Motors has informed Transport Canada that Tesla service centers are currently not in a position to support the substantial modifications required to bring U.S. Model S vehicles into compliance with Canadian requirements. Contact the manufacturer for further details.
Note-2 is disturbing: Tesla service centers cannot support the modifications required to bring US model S into compliance.
Does also that means that they could not offer a proper warranty support?
Note-1 indicates that the modifications required would be the DRL (software), EIS (software), metric odometer (software or owner configuration). Note-2 terminates with “Contact the manufacturer for further details.”
Could Tesla provide further details, to help their customers understand what is this matter about ?