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can anyone give me an idea on what costs I have for having a car in Canton Zurich.
Is there such thing as road tax?
Whats the insurance like...10 year old vw golf, I do intend to move the car to swiss plates within 6 months of moving over.
Is there a road tax? Mot? or any other costs I need to factor in when bringing my car over from uk.
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Re: car insurance

I would not bother. It can be done, I guess you can get the insurance below 1000.

But you'll have fun at car parks and the like unless you're not alone.
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Re: car insurance

First off, Switzerland drives on the right and all cars are left hand drive. Is yours right hand drive? If so, it might not be a good idea to drive it over here, esp. if you are staying medium to long term.

Yes there is a tax. Costs vary by canton. In and around 400 CHF for the year.

You also need a vignette for the year which will allow you to drive on the motorways, about CHF 40.

Yes, there is also an MOT equivalent.
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Re: car insurance

thanks everyone - yes right hand drive.
Car will only be used for going to the supermarket and occasional travel to/from work and getting out and about to different places on a weekend from time to time.
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can anyone give me an idea on what costs I have for having a car in Canton Zurich.
Is there such thing as road tax?
Whats the insurance like...10 year old vw golf, I do intend to move the car to swiss plates within 6 months of moving over.
Is there a road tax? Mot? or any other costs I need to factor in when bringing my car over from uk.
Cheers
10-year old cars are quite cheap here, even with the strong CHF, so I don't think it's going to be financially beneficial to import your Golf. Why not just drive it here until you can find a decent local car.
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Re: car insurance

I would not bring an old UK car unless you plan to drive it under UK insurance for a few months then scrap it.

Registering it here will involve changing headlights, possibly instruments, possibly other stuff to make it meet local standards. And the "MOT" is strict. Garage costs are high here, figure min 150 per hour labour and parts are generally double UK prices. Insurance for a foreign car is likely to be more expensive. Things like getting a ticket from a car park will be a pain in the ass.. Scraping it might actually cost you money.

You can buy a 10 year old high KM golf here for say 2.000 chf, insure it 3rd party for 300, 40 for motorway vignette, plus the tax based on weight and emissions, 300-400 maybe for an old golf. Then parking to think about, no idea for Zur.
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thanks everyone - yes right hand drive.
Car will only be used for going to the supermarket and occasional travel to/from work and getting out and about to different places on a weekend from time to time.
In which case mobility is your answer. And the railways are very good for weekend trips.
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Re: car insurance

You will also need a set of winter tyres.
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You will also need a set of winter tyres.
Yes, this would be advisable, although not obligatory.
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Re: car insurance

Another expense the cost of the your parking space.

Think you are allowed to keep the car in Switzerland for up to a year, if you have a work permit. Suggest you get a fresh MOT before you leaveUK as well as have relevant insurance, Fully paid up UK Road Tax & then probably return to UK within the year to sell.

Here is a link re importing UK car & something in there about registering your car to stay in Switzerland for up to a year!

How to import your car from the UK
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Only if you drive in the winter.

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Re: car insurance

I kept my car for more than one year on Italian plates/insurance, but during that period I learned to drive veeeery carefully and respectful of each and every road rule
I was never stopped for casual checks, although it could be different with UK plates, not as common as IT ones.
My advice would be to bring it here, if you do not feel like buying immediately another car, and then decide what to do. Used cars can be fairly cheap compared to standard Swiss prices, and buying, insuring and registering a car in CH is extremely easy, in my experience one of those very "Swiss" things.

Ah, do not forget that at some point you will also have to change your driving license to a Swiss one.
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thanks everyone - yes right hand drive.
Car will only be used for going to the supermarket and occasional travel to/from work and getting out and about to different places on a weekend from time to time.
Basically like everybody else then, general use
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