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| || |Hi Saradis, I just went through the import process and finished up most of the process yesterday. Car from Greece also.
You have to import your car within a year of the car arriving which could be different from when you arrived initially. Unless you only plan to be here for a couple years then you can drive with a temporary import but i dont think that is your case.
1. Order a certificate of conformity or COC (will need this for registration). This takes about ten days and can be ordered from a suzuki dealer or online for about 120 Euro.
2. Take customs form 18.44 to the customs office. This is the form where you declare the personal property you brought with you. I went to the one in Embra-port. You will need to take along your B permit, work contract, rental contract, Greek car registration paper (green paper) and the car of course. (20 Francs)
3. The customs office will issue you form 13.20a - This will have your new plate number and blank inspection sheet (to use later).
4. Take your car to a Suzuki dealer and get the exhaust inspection. They will give you a certificate and put a sticker in your car (100 francs). After getting this initial sticker and certificate then in two years you can use any Garage.
5. Once you have all these documents then scan them and submit them online to the traffic bureau and they will set an appointment within two weeks. http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...rivEGFORM.html
6. During this time you should get the car serviced and washed. Tell the garage that you need to get the car ready for inspection and they will check everything to make sure it will pass (up to 500 francs in swissland cause they are all Kleftis here)
7. Get car insurance. Try comparis.ch. You can get the policy online with the number you get on the form 18.44 (white sticker)
8. Take the car for inspection once you get the appointment (this is the stage I am at so I dont know the price but i hear they charge you for the new plates, inspection and the road tax. (cost my Spanish colleague about 700 francs for a 2010 BMW 3 series).
9. The Traffic bureau will take your Greek plates and green registration card and send it to the Greek embassy in Zurich. Its best to call the Greek embassy for your situation. I will keep paying my road taxes to Greece to make the re- import to Greece easier after the Drachma returns
I hear they can also require you to get a Swiss drivers license but that is supposed to be Easy. fill out the form from this link http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...umschreib.html and take it to an eyeglass shop and get a quick eye exam. Take this completed form and your foreign drivers license with you when you go for the inspection and registration and they will issue you a new drivers license. Some colleagues have just dropped the form and foreign drivers license at the Gemienda and had it processed there.
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So I finally finished the process and got swiss plates on my car but not without a bit of a nightmare and being financially raped.
After submitting all the papers to the traffic office i received an appointment about 2 weeks later. 2 days prior to the appointment I took my car to the mechanic for a "klien Service" and engine wash, (basically an oil change and a safety inspection). In Greece i would pay about 120 Euro for this service, in Switzerland it cost me 695 francs!!!! Robbery. My doctor charges less than this for his time. I did get new windshield wiper blades in that price...
I took the car to the inspection at the date and time on the letter. My appointment was at 0711 in the morning. Seriously 0711, not 0700 or 0715. The letter did state that I should show up 4 minutes in advance. Well, I showed up at 0700 which screwed up the whole process it seams. At 0704 the big doors opened and i drove in first with another car behind me. Seems his appointment was at 0704. I got scolded for being at the wrong place in line.
At exactly 0711 the inspector, who was standing a few meters from my car drinking coffee, put down his coffee and came over to my car and scolded me again in German. I informed him that my German is extremely limited. This seamed to infuriate the inspector who preceded to yell at me and call me an "auslander" about 5 times. I knew at this point that the inspection would not turn out well and I was right.
I have never had my car so thoroughly inspected before, it's actually pretty impressive, but... The inspector failed my car noting three problems. 1. My left headlight was adjusted 3 cm too high. 2. The bottom of my engine was not washed completely. 3. The flow of water from my rear windshield wiper was not sufficient. Seriously?????
Took my car back to the Garage and passed some of my angst back onto the mechanic. The mechanic informed me that he could take the car back in for the inspection and it would probably go better. Of course this service would not be free. The garage spent about ten minutes improving the water flow from my rear windshield wiper and then took it for an inspection the next day. Where of course it passed.
Picked up my car from the Garage where he had already installed the new swiss plates and charged me an additional 300 francs for the 10 minutes of work and the time to take the car for the inspection. So 1000 francs just for the mechanic. I think they must be in business with the inspectors... ha
Traffic office charged me 377 francs for the inspection, plates and taxes which is good until the end of 2012. They sent this bill in the mail and I should get the 2013 road tax bill in January next year.
Anyway the total costs were about 1650 francs plus 291 for full coverage insurance for the rest of 2012.
As my car is just over 10 years old now I have to take it in for an inspection every year. So that gives me 12 months to find an honest mechanic, if at all possible, and arrange for a German speaking friend to drive the car in for the inspection or to learn German myself.
If anyone can help with a decent and honest BMW mechanic near Zurich airport or Wallisellen i would very much appreciate it.