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PLEASE need your help. Urgent!!


I am a Canadian and moving to USA (Chicago) using TN visa. I tried my best to sell my car in Canada and failed to get even a reasonable deal, now I am even more determined to take my car with me to USA. My situation is unique, please guide me.

  • I cannot drive my car (2009 Hyundai Sonata) to Chicago. I have to get some shipping company ship my car to Chicago. Should I finish all import requirements and get stamping in border before requesting a shipping company ship my car? Or would they take care of all such importing requirements.  
  • Can someone suggest a reliable shipping company to ship my car to Chicago?

Assuming I have to finish all import formalities at the border.

  • I already got a hyundai compliance letter for my car, it says my car do not satisfy the following, 
    • FMVSS 138 : Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
    • FMVSS 202a: Head restraints. 
  • There are lots of discussion about TPMS, so I am following the same suite to buy one from Amazon and fix it for me. Even if my car doesn't have a provision can a mechanic install it? Where is that installed?
  • Do anyone know what to do for Head restraints?
  • What are the forms I have to fill to get it imported? Please send me a link to download all of them. 
  • I have a Canadian insurance from CAA. Should I get one from USA before getting it imported? Should I take that proof with me to border?
  • What other things I should carry to border? Checklist will be really helpeful


Please answer all questions please.. and its really urgent, I have only 6 more days left to do this work. PLEASE answer.

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Honestly it may be easier for you to sell this car and buy a different one.  No one can suggest mechanics to you, that would be something you need to search on your own as there are mechanics all over Canada.  Tpms is tire pressure monitoring system.  There is a sensor installed in the tire on the wheel that monitors tire pressure and sends that information to the electronics in the car and warns you when the tire pressure is low.  Its not a cheap nor easy fix.  

I have no idea why your car doesn't have appropriate headrests or even if that is a fixable issue.  

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss


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Is there a Hyundai dealership near you who can carry out the necessary work and repair the car so you can drive it?

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