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    Default Canada / USA accessory prices completely out of sync

    Hi, just hoping someone at GM can clear this up for me. I recently purchased a 2011 GMC 1500 WT, and I've been doing some mild modifications and what not, and wanted to change out the gril from the textured black plastic, to one with a chrome surround. Doing so I would need the Chrome trim piece that fits on the front of the hood. At 5 local dealers the price of this trim has been quoted to me at $210-285... I googled a few dealers in the US and made a couple calls and found out that the list price in America is $85.00. Why are Canadians being charged so much more? I would love to spend my money with GM of Canada but it's looking like I'll be ordering parts in from Washington and even Texas and paying less with shipping.

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    Markham, Ontario Canada


    And they wonder why the dealers in Canada can't get repeat business! I regularly go to Buffalo to buy my parts and even oil and flters as they can be up to 50% cheaper and no duty or taxes crossing the border if you stayed out for 24 hours. I buy only Mobile 1 EP oil for my baby and the cheapest price in Canada is around $55 a jug with tax, same oil at wally world in Buffalo $28 tax in most of the time if they have it in stock. Cheapest I have ever seen it on sale here in Toronto was $43 tax in and it sold out in minutes.

    I think most dealers in my area must mainly count on warranty work to make money. I know that they constantly send me flyers and emails to try and get me to come in for service, but, even at 50% off it is too pricy. I have found several reputable service shops that work for 1/3 of the dealers labour rate and only charge for the actual hours worked not the book hours which are inflated to beyond belief!

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    hehehhe the cost of Freedom and the government that supplies it to us..... you get use to it after a while.... now figure out that online US shopping and shipping to up here is a little cheaper. Not much.. then factor in the cost of living and minimum wages up here and the dealerships needing to make some profit.. it is really almost the same price as the US price. if you factor in all ......

    I have a hard time finding anything up here for the Topkick, and am left with no option but to bring in stuff from the states..... its not so much a cost thing more then the availability of the stuffs i want....

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    Topkick parts aren't exactly common, here, either. That's primarily because Topkicks aren't common. There is one for sale 2 hours north of me, though. I passed it (parked) alongside the highway last weekend. However, I'd want one with a bed like this one: ;)

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    I posted pics about a year ago of a Top Kick that looked almost exactly like that for sale at a local dealer, the Dealer owned a Ski Resort in Colorado and they had been using the truck up there.
    They were asking $65K for the truck and it had 110K miles on it.

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    The prices between USA and Canada were have said to be fixed for the longest time. And i do not see how this is appropriate to have the price differences. Expecially with snowmobiles, $12,000 snowmobile in USA costs $15,000 here in Canada.
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