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Buying a car abroad

Hi everyone,
I've been living in Zurich for 3 months now.
I have a car on my dad's name and would like to register it here.
However I dont want to pay the import tax, as it is quite old anyhow.

My question is: if I change it to my name now, can l import it in 6 months without import tax? Or is there a better way?

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Re: Buying a car abroad

Normally you would need to have the car on your name for six months or more BEFORE you move to Switzerland and then you can import it easily. I cannot see how that would work as you already live here.

But, check out the forum and maybe someone has found a way
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Re: Buying a car abroad

What's the big deal about not paying the tax?

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Re: Buying a car abroad

The car cost 3.5-4000. Its not really worth to psy the import tax and for a car that is technically mine.
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The car cost 3.5-4000. Its not really worth to psy the import tax and for a car that is technically mine.
What has worth to pay to do with taxes? And the car isnīt effectively legally yours
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What has worth to pay to do with taxes? And the car isnīt effectively legally yours
He was cheating the insurance, now wants to not pay taxes, you get the picture
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He was cheating the insurance, now wants to not pay taxes, you get the picture
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He was cheating the insurance, now wants to not pay taxes, you get the picture

This is a very smartass insightful comment. Thank you! Thequestion was what is legal. But it is easy to see what you do on others I guess
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This is a very smartass insightful comment. Thank you! Thequestion was what is legal. But it is easy to see what you do on others I guess
There is no legal way to avoid paying taxes as you are already here and the car didnīt belong to you. Simple as that.
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This is a very smartass insightful comment. Thank you! Thequestion was what is legal. But it is easy to see what you do on others I guess
Insurance fraud is illegal for sure. You may have got away with it so far. Have a major accident & your fraud might be exposed.
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This is a very smartass insightful comment. Thank you! Thequestion was what is legal. But it is easy to see what you do on others I guess
The short answer is, you cannot register your father's car here. You can Register your own car here, but to avoid tax you need to have owned it for 6 months before you arrived.
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The short answer is, you cannot register your father's car here. You can Register your own car here, but to avoid tax you need to have owned it for 6 months before you arrived.
He could register it but then he would have to pay the taxes
No other way around that
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Re: Buying a car abroad

Hold your horses and holster your guns guys. No need to be sanctimonious.

They actually can import without paying tax.


If your dad writes a letter stating that the car has been used by you, but just was registered to his name, and you have some proof to corroborate the statement (receipt on your name, a ticket on your name, something), then the customs will accept that the car has been effectively yours for the required amount of time before your first entry in Switzerland.


This is not "fraud", this is the customs office in Switzerland being accommodating and reasonable.

My source is personal experience from summer 2013.
So go to your local custom's office, tell them your story truthfully (I have an old car, it's mine but registered to my father, what do we need to do) and see what they will say.
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Re: Buying a car abroad

As the OP is living in Zurich, and the car is not registered in his name and on foreign plates, he is not even allowed to drive it here.
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As the OP is living in Zurich, and the car is not registered in his name and on foreign plates, he is not even allowed to drive it here.
In the first year of residence in CH he can !
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In the first year of residence in CH he can !
Only if he declared the car when he crossed the border, otherwise it's smuggling & he could receive a fine of 5 times the taxes payable.
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Only if he declared the car when he crossed the border, otherwise it's smuggling & he could receive a fine of 5 times the taxes payable.
only really stupid person would smuggle a car when simple declaration is needed.
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only really stupid person would smuggle a car when simple declaration is needed.
Seems to me OP didnt declare the car
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The car cost 3.5-4000. Its not really worth to psy the import tax and for a car that is technically mine.

Sounds to me like the car is technically not yours and that is causing the issue.
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Re: Buying a car abroad

bUY a CAR HERE, change plate and document is a nightmare. Especially if you do not have the COC document and your car use LPG.
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