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Old 24.05.2013, 18:25
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Re: Switzerlanded! Expensive parking at Basel airport

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I bought my battery in Switzerland. It's Swiss-quality. It never runs down. I suspect it's secretly powered by nuclear energy.



Official source, please?
another official source here. This says if you are Swiss & drive a foreign registered vehicle then it is regarded as an import & you have to pay the import taxes.
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Yes it is comparably cheeper to park on the french side but just remember.. If you come back after two week holiday and your car battery is dead you might find out that your breakdown service e.g TCS won't come for you as your car is in France and not in Switzerland, therefore not covered. This can lead to a hefty tow fee...

I know someone that had that happen to them...

Also about the french car rental. As a swiss resident with a swiss drivers licence we are not aloud by law to drive foreign registered vehicles in Switzerland. This is true for a lot of european countries as well...
Not totally correct:
The TCS will cover you if you have an ETI card. Definitely worth the extra ~90chf a year if you cross the border a lot.
I understand from members here that other breakdown insurances will rescue you as well if you've arranged European cover.
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Old 24.05.2013, 20:44
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Re: Switzerlanded! Expensive parking at Basel airport

My basic breakdown cover is for any vehicle I am in or on and covers any country in europe and those surrounding the med.

If I understand correctly you have TCS cover for ch then need to buy additional cover @90chf for europe ?

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Old 24.05.2013, 21:30
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This says if you are Swiss & drive a foreign registered vehicle then it is regarded as an import & you have to pay the import taxes.
My German isn't good enough to read the nuance of this law, but I can't imagine that they're going to try to accuse me of trying to 'import' a rental car.
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Old 24.05.2013, 21:30
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Okay, I get it. Switzerland is expensive. And we pay more for the same product.

But seriously, Basel airport's parking rates are taking the piss. This is essentially the same product, serving the same customers, at the same location. But at the same prices? NEVER!

Seven days parking in the S5 long-stay car park on the Swiss side? That's CHF85- to you, sir, and please wipe your feet on the way in.

The same seven days parking in the F3 long-stay car park on the French side, admittedly a full 50 meters further from the terminal? A comparatively cheap EUR45, or about CHF58- at today's rates.
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Sure, it takes ten extra minutes to drive to the Swiss side. But for CHF27- (or the price of dinner at a Swiss McDonalds, if you prefer to think of it that way), I think I'll make the extra effort!

Take the bus
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Old 24.05.2013, 21:37
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Take the bus
I would, if only someone could tell me exactly where to catch it....
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Old 25.05.2013, 00:13
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My basic breakdown cover is for any vehicle I am in or on and covers any country in europe and those surrounding the med.

If I understand correctly you have TCS cover for ch then need to buy additional cover @90chf for europe ?
You're right (I don't drive, I have a chauffeur/husband); TCS covers you in Switzerland, they then have agreements with groups like the AA, RAC for breakdowns. ETI covers you for health breakdowns....
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Old 25.05.2013, 01:47
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Re: Switzerlanded! Expensive parking at Basel airport

I just looked at the tcs site. I pay 75, tcs is 56 then around 75 for the same cover....
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Old 25.05.2013, 09:50
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My German isn't good enough to read the nuance of this law, but I can't imagine that they're going to try to accuse me of trying to 'import' a rental car.
Thats because you cant import something you dont own! There seems to be some strange ideas floating around out there lets find a random website to try and support some idea and then claim it is the law. Personally driven numerous foreign rental cars here always shown my swiss drivers license and the details of the car to the border the result was - totally uninterested this car is owned by the rental company who you dont work for and you need to return the car to the rental company
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Old 25.05.2013, 10:24
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As a swiss resident with a swiss drivers licence we are not aloud by law to drive foreign registered vehicles in Switzerland.
There are exceptions for rental cars.

Art. 36 Zollverordnung

Swiss residents are allowed to use foreign registered rental cars in Switzerland for up to eight days from the start of the rental contract.
If the contract has been valid for more than five days when you enter Switzerland, you have three days to leave Switzerland with the rental car or to return it to a rental station in Switzerland.
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I just looked at the tcs site. I pay 75, tcs is 56 then around 75 for the same cover....
OK, so the cover for outside of Switzerland is a seperate option....

Perhaps we pay more because it covers a family?

It's still a hell of a lot cheaper than having to call a tow truck as an independant!
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Old 25.05.2013, 13:31
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Re: Switzerlanded! Expensive parking at Basel airport

Here's an idea for a bit of business.

Park at my house for a negotiated fee, I live 5 mins from the airport french side.
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Old 25.05.2013, 13:37
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Re: Switzerlanded! Expensive parking at Basel airport

Will you give us a lift to the airport as well?
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Old 25.05.2013, 21:22
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Re: Switzerlanded! Expensive parking at Basel airport

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Re: Switzerlanded! Expensive parking at Basel airport

I know this is probably not the best time for such a question but I am flying to Spain tomorrow from Basel. I was planning on spending the night at Rheinfelden and to take the car to the airport in the morning. Will only be gone until Friday so I wanted to leave the car in the parking at the airport (French side as stated by the collective wisdom on EF) but I don’t know if that is a good idea time-wise. Is it better to choose a route via Germany in order to beat traffic jam from Rheinfelden to Basel in the morning? Flight is Easy Jet leaving 10.15 am so taking the train would be possible. No luggage, checked in online already. Gate closes at 9.45 am so is it ok if we get to the airport at 9 am?
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Old 24.03.2015, 17:13
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Re: Switzerlanded! Expensive parking at Basel airport

Can't comment on the best driving routes, but for a 10:15 EJ flight you can turn up at the airport at 9:45; despite their "be at the gate" threats, Basel doesn't have a "holding pen" at the gate (such as the one they have in Berlin) so there's no checkpoint to say when you got there.

If it were me, I'd aim to get to the airport around 9:30.
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another official source here. This says if you are Swiss & drive a foreign registered vehicle then it is regarded as an import & you have to pay the import taxes.

NO NO NO it is not. I have driven around in France (Mülhausen, Colmar, Strassburg,Metz, Nancy, Dijon, Paris, Chartres, Rennes, St. Malo, Calais, Tours, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Narbonne, Marseille, Lyon, Nice) and never heard about anything thelike, in spite of having talked with chaps of the Douane Français and having had my car parked for weeks at places in France. What you refer to is the case if you have residence in France but it then is a matter of up to a year and not a month
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NO NO NO it is not. I have driven around in France [..] What you refer to is the case if you have residence in France but it then is a matter of up to a year and not a month
The topic is:
A driver living in CH driving a car in CH that is registered abroad. Marton is correct, it's illegal.

Important to note (I dont' think it's been mentioned already):
Since it's illegal no insurance will pay for any kind of damages.
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Re: Switzerlanded! Expensive parking at Basel airport

I personally always park in the S13 Zone: 66CHF for 4 days, I consider it as not so bad...

http://www.euroairport.com/en/parking/
http://www.euroairport.com/en/parkin...d/tariffs.html
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Old 28.03.2015, 20:04
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I personally always park in the S13 Zone: 66CHF for 4 days, I consider it as not so bad...

http://www.euroairport.com/en/parking/
http://www.euroairport.com/en/parkin...d/tariffs.html
You can save quite a bit by parking on the French side, its the same airport so I'm surprised this anomaly exists.
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