Pete’s RV Cites Big Rise in Canadian Business
Editor’s Note: The following story first appeared in Pete’s blog at www.petesrv.com that promotes Pete’s RV Center in South Burlington, Vt.
Pete’s RV Center of Vermont experienced a 200% increase in Canadian sales in 2010.
Customers traveled to the South Burlington dealership primarily from northeastern provinces Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The longest trek was by a St. John’s, Newfoundland, customer who traveled more than 1,500 miles to pick up his new Keystone Cougar fifth-wheel.
The recent strength of the Canadian dollar is no doubt a big factor in the increase, but Pete’s RV Sales Manager Todd McGinnis points out the dealership’s geographically-favorable location.
“Being located in northern Vermont and less than 50 miles from the border makes it convenient for Canadian buyers to travel into the United States and purchase an RV from our dealership. It also doesn’t hurt that we are so close to downtown Burlington, Lake Champlain and surrounding mountains. With so many shopping and recreation options, most of our customers make a long weekend out of their trip to Vermont.”
If Canadian customers choose not to lodge at a local hotel or campground, they can take advantage of an overnight stay at the dealership. Customers access outdoor electrical and water hook ups, allowing them to enjoy the comforts of their newly purchased camper or motorhome.
McGinnis elaborated on the increase in sales, crediting experience as another factor in why Canadians will continue to buy from Pete’s RV regardless the value of their dollar.
“There’s no doubt Canadians are currently saving quite substantially when buying here in the U.S., but our knowledge on how the purchase and importation process works definitely helps everything go smoothly – especially the paperwork. We’ve been doing this for many years. Whether picking up from the dealership, or even meeting them at a specified border crossing, Pete’s RV ensures a positive buying experience for Canadian customers.”
Importing an RV into Canada is not as complex as one may think. While policies are always subject to change, it’s typically less than $300.00 CDN in import fees, and there is no waiting period for non-motorized vehicles such as travel trailers and fifth wheels. Documentation and fee requirements for RV importation into Canada are outlined and referenced on the Pete’s RV website.