Canadian supplier that has reasonable prices?

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  1. kneeler

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    Looking for a couple of parts.. side bars / mudflaps etc but I keep coming up with Canadian sites that seem to inflate prices so much more than the American sites.
    Eg. I was looking at a Rhino bar.. sells in USA for 300 US$.. I can find identical part in Canadian online sites for like 580 Cdn$. Now I understand the us-cdn dollar difference, but the mark-up seem excessive.
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    Do you have suggestions on Canadian online sites that have fair pricing?
    -or-
    What has been your experience bring parts across the border?
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    I guess it depends on what you are looking for, my tonneau cover was cheaper from a local supplier than I could get it out of the States. There are a few online ones like Tdot performance, but Ranger selection is still thin.

    I live 20 mins from the border and used to bring stuff over all the time when the $$ was better, still get some stuff over there but shop here to compare first. I consider the bridge tolls, fuel,exchange rate, package pickup fees($5 in my case) etc when comparing cost, also my time is worht something if waiting at a busy border crossing.

    All that said there are still some better deals to be had down there and availability is sometimes better too, I have a motorcycle spring waiting for me at the package place now. I can usually get through with around $200 in good without paying, $250 on a good day, but it all depends on the border guards mood that day.
     
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    Likewise, I’m about 30 mins from Odgensburg crossing.. and I used to ship quite a bit when $ was better as well. As you said, perhaps it’s the guards mood on the day, I have never been particularly ‘lucky’ :-(. “Please park over in zone A and take this slip inside”. Sigh..
     
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    It’s not the stores that charge the markup. I have worked in auto parts in Ontario for 15 years. We make a very minimal % of automotive accessories so I’m not sure who is getting it, probably the warehouses we buy from that actually import the parts.

    Even with my bit of an employee discount I have purchased many things across the border. Right now I’ve been looking at tonneau covers and even with the exchange they still work out to less $$ here.
     
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    Try partsengine.ca

    Have ordered from them before and it seems reasonably good compared to the USA sites with exchange and shipping it almost comes out the same on certain items.
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    You have to remember that on top of shipping, inport taxes and duties you are also adding a Canadian distributor into the mix and they all have to have their pound of flesh.

    so I do shop around a lot and if I am heading to the states I will order and pick up at the outlet if I can not find what I want at a price I am willing to pay.

    I am lucky in that I can get most things wholesale here.
     

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