Posted date : Dec 16, 2021.
With the border closed, we are thinking of buying a car in Florida and leaving it there, so that we don’t have to rent every time we fly back and forth. Can we do that with Ontario driver’s licences? Any issues? We own a condo in Sarasota.
Doug Rubbra, Gloucester, ON
Ed.: I have owned various cars in Florida for more than 30 years. It is a great idea and very simple. Simply buy the car, put it in your name with your Florida address and insure it in Florida with a local broker. Make sure that he or she knows that it will be left for six months or longer. Do not buy a car in Canada and take it down − this is messy, more expensive and is really the importation of a vehicle. Your Canadian insurer will not honour claims on extended-stay vehicles, so be careful.