We're Suckers in This Country
The CBC headline didn't surprise me in the least, but it still pissed me off. "Canadians pay more than Americans for Canadian-made vehicles."
CBC News looked at the relative prices of 24 models made in Ontario by the five big automakers — Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda and Toyota — and found that in 18 cases, the models cost thousands of dollars more to buy in Ontario than in the United States, including Hawaii.
Based on the manufacturer's suggested retail prices, the two-wheel drive Toyota Rav4 would cost $22,650 in Honolulu, with an additional charge for freight and pre-delivery inspection (PDI) of $810.
A resident in Woodstock, Ont., however, would pay $24,865, plus a freight and PDI charge of $1,465, for the same model, despite the Rav4 being manufactured in Woodstock.
Likewise, a resident in Alliston, Ont., where the Acura MDX is made, would pay $52,690 based on the suggested retail price, while in the U.S. the vehicle's suggested price is $43,030.
That's right, a car made in Alliston, Ontario is almost $10,000 more here than in Buffalo, New York. As far as I'm concerned, there's only one reason they can get away with that.
We're suckers in this country and we'll pay it.
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