Hi dutchbmw; thanks for the response.
Interesting. I'm not sure of the full length of Carfax's reach with respect to databases and information, but I can say that my 328i was definitely manufactured in Germany, and the owners manual has the original owner's name in it, dated Toronto, Canada, October 1997.
Having said that, it WAS in carfax.com, which helped me in my decision to buy it. I suppose the BMW USA's owners circle website does not have access to the same databases that carfax accesses.
Not a big deal, but I was hoping to find some free on line manuals for my BMW, that's all... there must be a collection of BMW enthousiasts in Canada... I just have to find them....
I'll just make a call to the local dealership to inquire about certification, I'm not going to jump at it right away anyway, so I have lots of time to do the homework so that I don't feel like I'm getting ripped off.