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What type of parts? Talking about used OEM parts? New OEM parts? Aftermarket parts? Performance parts?

Used OEM parts - scrap yards and wreckers
New OEM parts - your Mazda dealer
Aftermarket parts - lots of online Canadian shops, one example: http://www.autopartsway.ca/
Performance parts - lots of online sources, but not many are Canadian. I recommend http://www.mtmotorsport.ca/ if you want a physical shop - their pricing is great and can get almost anything you'd ever want or need (including used, new, aftermarket and performance parts).
 

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One I can vouch for: alphamotorsports.ca, not exactly a miata specialist, but good pricing and can get almost anything if you request it
 

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I'd be careful about AutoPartsWay ... caught them salting threads with multiple usernames in another (non-Mazda) forum. Not much of a reputation if you google a bit either.

Haven't used them myself ... spidey sense started tingling too much ... so no personal experience. And there won't be either.

Not really Miata-specific, but these guys all have something useful, domestic shipping, etc

http://www.pdm-racing.com/ [Vancouver]

http://www.hottexhaust.com/ [Magnaflow Products] [Toronto] *** I've bought from them; good experience and prices

https://www.jbspowercentre.com [Speed Equipment] [Edmonton]

http://cvrproducts.com [Speed Equipment] [Amprior, ON ... wherever that is ...]

http://www.canada-por15.com [POR-15] [Grimsby ON]

http://www.caswellcanada.ca [Kind of like Eastwood; their fuel tank sealer is the best] [Port Perry, ON]

http://www.paisleypro.com [Plasti-dip] [ScarboroughON]

http://www.performanceplus.com/ [A serious Dyno ... 2000 HP, 225 MPH ... tuning, any auto parts you would find at, say, Summit Racing, you can find here][Saskatoon SK] *** I can vouch for these guys; many transactions, all good

I have more, but can't seem to find bookmarks right now. Will add them if they magically appear.

There are also some good options from the 'states if you're a Canuck. Summit has (very) recently found the light, and got a GST number, so no brokerage fees, plus you get to choose the shipper. Land's End, Cabellas, and many others have been doing this for a decade. Tire Rack, for some reason, uses UPS's broker so it's not much cheaper than getting dinged at the door, but at least you know what the final cost will be before you commit with cash.

http://miataroadster.com/ ... ships USPS by default; so again tolerable brokerage fee ($5~8, depending on weight and size).
 

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Although this isn't **exactly** on topic, it's too important to not post for Canadian Miata owners.

I do strive to get my parts in Canada, and always give local and national vendors a chance for my business first, but sometimes it's an exercise in frustration. I can't buy what no-one in this country will sell me.

I'm even throwing this out to those [deleted] [deleted] from Toronto who won't ship or sell anything to their countrymen, forcing good honest decent people with a perfectly good passport to buy in another country instead of Canada's Largest Miata Market. Shame, shame.

You GTA guys can move a few inches closer to my Good Books if you promise and actually do put "GTA" in your New Topic line for your "we won't box it, let alone ship it, outside the GTA" threads. That way we won't waste precious time reading them when we live, I dunno, a hundred miles from the Centre Of The Universe.

Three words:
Get A Broker

Since I set up an account with a broker about 6 months ago, I've spent way too much money on a Miata build. In many cases parts came from the US.

Although Brokers do charge a fee for service, they take care of everything (in my experience) and do it quickly. By way of example, I just bought a set of headers on eBay for my truck.

Total (with shipping) was $USD 186 ... that was my PayPal Invoice amount.

Note: Vendor's shipping to the Broker's US warehouse $40; Shipping to Canada would have been $80
(In many cases, I've taken advantage of free shipping offers to US destinations; saving even more since the Canada shipping doesn't change).

Brokerage Fee; I'm guessing as it varies but maybe $25 based on a couple dozen previous transactions.

Courier Fee: Yes, the Broker actually ships the part after it's cleared from it's facility to my home and uses another courier to do it. However the broker hauls the cleared goods across the border first, so it's domestic Canada shipping. My guess maybe $25 again based on previous transactions.

GST, PST (5% + 5%) With the items above, total taxable is around $230, so $23; total landed cost $253. The Broker charges my card, zero fees payable at the door, ever.

I dare you to buy something for $146 on eBay that comes in a huge box, is somewhat heavy, is shipped Internationally, and pay (for example) UPS's brokerage fee, disbursement fee, COD fee, and they Mystery Fee They Got Sued Over And Lost, But Are Appealing, and get away with a landed cost in that ballpark. Don't forget you pay GST/PST/HST on all those Carrier Fees as well.

And remember, this is being carried by two different couriers in the process, and it's STILL cheaper.

It's also possible to have the item shipped directly to you, and have the Broker handle everything else (same outcome; no fees at the door, ever). However, in my experience, it's cheaper to hire another courier (my broker generally uses Purolator) than it is to pay International Shipping to UPS, FedEx or any of the alternatives.

My estimate for this particular shipment, if just sent via UPS to my door, would have cost $313 all in, a difference of roughly $50 more.

Call around and Hire A Broker. Really.
 

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You must be the guy that paid $100 postage to buy my $80 header.

Although this isn't **exactly** on topic, it's too important to not post for Canadian Miata owners.

I do strive to get my parts in Canada, and always give local and national vendors a chance for my business first, but sometimes it's an exercise in frustration. I can't buy what no-one in this country will sell me.

I'm even throwing this out to those [deleted] [deleted] from Toronto who won't ship or sell anything to their countrymen, forcing good honest decent people with a perfectly good passport to buy in another country instead of Canada's Largest Miata Market. Shame, shame.

You GTA guys can move a few inches closer to my Good Books if you promise and actually do put "GTA" in your New Topic line for your "we won't box it, let alone ship it, outside the GTA" threads. That way we won't waste precious time reading them when we live, I dunno, a hundred miles from the Centre Of The Universe.

Three words:
Get A Broker

Since I set up an account with a broker about 6 months ago, I've spent way too much money on a Miata build. In many cases parts came from the US.

Although Brokers do charge a fee for service, they take care of everything (in my experience) and do it quickly. By way of example, I just bought a set of headers on eBay for my truck.

Total (with shipping) was $USD 186 ... that was my PayPal Invoice amount.

Note: Vendor's shipping to the Broker's US warehouse $40; Shipping to Canada would have been $80
(In many cases, I've taken advantage of free shipping offers to US destinations; saving even more since the Canada shipping doesn't change).

Brokerage Fee; I'm guessing as it varies but maybe $25 based on a couple dozen previous transactions.

Courier Fee: Yes, the Broker actually ships the part after it's cleared from it's facility to my home and uses another courier to do it. However the broker hauls the cleared goods across the border first, so it's domestic Canada shipping. My guess maybe $25 again based on previous transactions.

GST, PST (5% + 5%) With the items above, total taxable is around $230, so $23; total landed cost $253. The Broker charges my card, zero fees payable at the door, ever.

I dare you to buy something for $146 on eBay that comes in a huge box, is somewhat heavy, is shipped Internationally, and pay (for example) UPS's brokerage fee, disbursement fee, COD fee, and they Mystery Fee They Got Sued Over And Lost, But Are Appealing, and get away with a landed cost in that ballpark. Don't forget you pay GST/PST/HST on all those Carrier Fees as well.

And remember, this is being carried by two different couriers in the process, and it's STILL cheaper.

It's also possible to have the item shipped directly to you, and have the Broker handle everything else (same outcome; no fees at the door, ever). However, in my experience, it's cheaper to hire another courier (my broker generally uses Purolator) than it is to pay International Shipping to UPS, FedEx or any of the alternatives.

My estimate for this particular shipment, if just sent via UPS to my door, would have cost $313 all in, a difference of roughly $50 more.

Call around and Hire A Broker. Really.
 

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I dare you to buy something for $146 on eBay that comes in a huge box, is somewhat heavy, is shipped Internationally, and pay (for example) UPS's brokerage fee, disbursement fee, COD fee, and they Mystery Fee
Wow someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed

Anyways, I accept your dare, what do I get?

You could ship UPS and get raped, or FedEx and get raped, or ship USPS and be fine? I will always avoid shipping my purchases from the USA to me using UPS or FedEX - had bad experiences with both. USPS on the other hand has been pretty good, although they do not accept oversized or overweight packages (although separating 1 package into 2 smaller ones was still cheaper than UPS or FedEx).
 

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Dave's Garage for sure....had mine sourced (including frame and top) and installed there. Dave is so nice that he adjusted the top a couple of times after it has settled in to ensure perfect fit. When you see him put detailer on the soft top after installation, you know this guy treats your Miata like his own.

A+++ work!
 
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