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BMW 335is convertible import. US to CH

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I am about to purchase a 335is convertible here in the US. An amazing car. I am planning to take this car with me to Switzerland if I move back next year.

Has anyone experience in doing this?
My concerns:
the "is" version does not exist in CH. Would that lead me to problems? With registration in Switzerland?
Do I have to pay co2 tax? If so, how much approx.

As far as other taxes I am not to concerned since it will be a moving good. (uebersiedlungsgut)

I appreciate any responses. Thank you and see you soon in Switzerland
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Do I have to pay co2 tax? If so, how much approx.
Make sure the car is first registered at least six months before you bring it into Switzerland and you don't have to pay CO2 tax.
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Re: BMW 335is convertible import. US to CH

lot of threads on this subject already..

All in all they have the same conclusion: sell your car and buy one here. Saves you the hassle of paperwork, expensive changes to the car, and potential language barriers.
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Re: BMW 335is convertible import. US to CH

@mark
Thx for your reply. Yes, I'll keep in here for long enough.

@hans
I speak the languages, so that won't concern me.

Does anyone know which documents i need to get here in the US. I read about Bescheinigung zur 1. inverkehrssetztung. Is that just my US registration? I'm buying a used car and will be the 3rd owner. No idea who was the first owner. Does 1. Inverkehrssetzung apply to me or the car? In other words I know when I'll be registering the car in my name but I'm not sure if I need a document for the first registration from the first owner. Anyone knows about this?

The thing is a comparable car in CH is just sooo much more expensive and I like that specific one a lot. That's why I wanted to do this

Thx for all your replies!
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Re: BMW 335is convertible import. US to CH

IMHO you'd be better off just going for the 335i - you may struggle to import the IS.

Make life easier for yourself!
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Re: BMW 335is convertible import. US to CH

Hey thx for your response man.

Yes that was my thought at first too. However, the US 335i version does not have a double clutch. Only the 335is does. And the CH 335i version usually does have a double clutch. The main difference between US 335is and 335i is that the 335is US has 20 hp more than the CH 335i.

That and I just found a used 335is that I like everything on it super hard to resist... Leman blue. 2 years old. Convertible.
My research so far concluded that I can register the car in CH. if the lights are xenon, then I have to add a washer or just change the bulb to standard.

My biggest worry now is that the insurance might give me a extra expensive rate because the car does not exist in EU.

Does anyone have experience with getting Swiss insurance for an US car? I appreciate all the responses
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Re: BMW 335is convertible import. US to CH

My car 535 is 1988
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@cannut do you mean CHF 1988 a year? Is your car a us modell?
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Yes US model 1988 is the year
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Re: BMW 335is convertible import. US to CH

The final decision is up to you - BUT:
Any car imported into Switzerland which wasn't available in Swizterland require a certificate of conformity.

In theory such a certificate for a 335is, or a 335i with the BMW performance ECU map (which is what it is), shouldn't be hard to get sorted. However, it is an additional hurdle you will need to cross.

I would go for the 335i - and then once here get it remapped. You may lose out on not having the DCT box - but the manual is the rewarding option and the automatic the comfortable one. The latter may lack the quick shifts of the latests boxes but it is still very good
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Re: BMW 335is convertible import. US to CH

I brought my 2009 335d from US to switzerland. Super easy. Wish I had known how easy it would be. I would have brought over a 911 (which is the equivalent of driving a Honda Accord in US the from a head-turning standpoint).
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Re: BMW 335is convertible import. US to CH

We just imported our Silverado 2500 Diesel which is not sold in CH. It was $1600 to ship it to Rotterdam and 1300 euros for it to be brought to us in Jura. It will cost about 500chf to make it legal here with lights and smog, but we won't have to do anything until we get Swiss plates. We can drive on our California plates for a year.
Talk to a shipping company. They will be able to tell you all about fees and requirements.
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We just imported our Silverado 2500 Diesel which is not sold in CH. It was $1600 to ship it to Rotterdam and 1300 euros for it to be brought to us in Jura. It will cost about 500chf to make it legal here with lights and smog, but we won't have to do anything until we get Swiss plates. We can drive on our California plates for a year.
Talk to a shipping company. They will be able to tell you all about fees and requirements.
You won't know your final costs of getting through an MFK until you have actually completed the task.
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We just imported our Silverado 2500 Diesel which is not sold in CH. It was $1600 to ship it to Rotterdam and 1300 euros for it to be brought to us in Jura. It will cost about 500chf to make it legal here with lights and smog, but we won't have to do anything until we get Swiss plates. We can drive on our California plates for a year.
Talk to a shipping company. They will be able to tell you all about fees and requirements.
Hi Amanda
I was curious if you still have you Californian plates or if you registered it to Swiss ones. If so, how did it go? In the meantime I bought my dream car the 335is and live still in Florida, but probably not much longer… Do you think it makes sense to renew your US registration before shipping the car? That way you have another year… (and the registration in CH is much more) Was it a problem to insure your car with Swiss insurance, while having Cali plates? Can you recommend one? Thank you so much for your reply and I hope you enjoy your stay in CH.
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assuming that your maintenance is up to date, you will have to change the lights, e.g. turn signals and fog lights, to conform to Euro standards. anybody who tells you to sell your car and buy the same thing in Europe is crazy, the exchange rate will kill you and your same car in EUR or CHF will be 20% more expensive. so long as you have owned the car at least 6 months and the shipment of the car is in connection with a relocation, it is VAT and duty free and a no-brainer.

fwiw, I paid nearly 30,000 CHF for a Ford Fiesta in Switzerland, and paid 20,000 USD for a barely-used 328i in the US that I will ship to Europe for less than 4,000 USD and will require approx. 500 USD in mods. the math is pretty simple.
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Re: BMW 335is convertible import. US to CH

Hi gringo,
Thx for your response. I agree, no way I am going to sell my car here…. I believe that with the Fiesta in a heart beat. And, if avoidable, I wouldn’t want to trade in my IS for a Fiesta haha. In my case it is moving good Are you still in CH or back in the US?

What did you change on the lights? Add washers? Or just the turning signals from red to orange? I believe on my car this is actually just programming. As far as fog lights, my car has fog lights already Actually, to save some money I am looking at places to do some adjustments here in the US prior to shipping.
Which state did you move from? What did you do with the registration? Could you drive around with your registration in CH for a while? I read somewhere it is possible up to one year. However, only as long as you have insurance. Would it work to get Swiss insurance with Florida plates?
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assuming that your maintenance is up to date, you will have to change the lights, e.g. turn signals and fog lights, to conform to Euro standards. anybody who tells you to sell your car and buy the same thing in Europe is crazy, the exchange rate will kill you and your same car in EUR or CHF will be 20% more expensive. so long as you have owned the car at least 6 months and the shipment of the car is in connection with a relocation, it is VAT and duty free and a no-brainer.

fwiw, I paid nearly 30,000 CHF for a Ford Fiesta in Switzerland, and paid 20,000 USD for a barely-used 328i in the US that I will ship to Europe for less than 4,000 USD and will require approx. 500 USD in mods. the math is pretty simple.
Hi gringo,
Thx for your response. I agree, no way I am going to sell my car here…. I believe that with the Fiesta in a heart beat. And, if avoidable, I wouldn’t want to trade in my IS for a Fiesta haha. In my case it is moving good Are you still in CH or back in the US?

What did you change on the lights? Add washers? Or just the turning signals from red to orange? I believe on my car this is actually just programming. As far as fog lights, my car has fog lights already Actually, to save some money I am looking at places to do some adjustments here in the US prior to shipping.
Which state did you move from? What did you do with the registration? Could you drive around with your registration in CH for a while? I read somewhere it is possible up to one year. However, only as long as you have insurance. Would it work to get Swiss insurance with Florida plates?
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Hi gringo,
Thx for your response. I agree, no way I am going to sell my car here…. I believe that with the Fiesta in a heart beat. And, if avoidable, I wouldn’t want to trade in my IS for a Fiesta haha. In my case it is moving good Are you still in CH or back in the US?

What did you change on the lights? Add washers? Or just the turning signals from red to orange? I believe on my car this is actually just programming. As far as fog lights, my car has fog lights already Actually, to save some money I am looking at places to do some adjustments here in the US prior to shipping.
Which state did you move from? What did you do with the registration? Could you drive around with your registration in CH for a while? I read somewhere it is possible up to one year. However, only as long as you have insurance. Would it work to get Swiss insurance with Florida plates?
I am in the US presently but in process of moving to Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a much, MUCH smaller country than Switzerland and so it is very easy to speak directly with customs regarding clearance of my vehicle. government officials in Luxembourg are also 10,000 times more willing to speak English, which helps - my German would be sufficient for Switzerland now but of course was non-existent when I moved to Switzerland.

it will be turn indicators for me, everything else is just a matter of switching the settings within the vehicle to metric from standard. I will also have to buy a set of winter tires, but I live in Michigan in the US and so had planned to do that before next winter anyway. I do not have the iDrive on my 3 series, but I have heard from others that switching the nav, sat, etc. over to Euro can be rather expensive and some BMW dealers do not like to do the work. I tried in vain to have a US BMW dealer do the lights conversion for me, but the dealers here in the US were frankly not very helpful and spent most of the time trying to sell me another car.

in CH you should be able to drive your US car for up to one year on your US plates. I am still kicking myself for not shipping my car to Switzerland when we moved there 3 years ago, the prices for cars in Switzerland are nearly 2x the prices anywhere else in Europe.
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I am in the US presently but in process of moving to Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a much, MUCH smaller country than Switzerland and so it is very easy to speak directly with customs regarding clearance of my vehicle. government officials in Luxembourg are also 10,000 times more willing to speak English, which helps - my German would be sufficient for Switzerland now but of course was non-existent when I moved to Switzerland.

it will be turn indicators for me, everything else is just a matter of switching the settings within the vehicle to metric from standard. I will also have to buy a set of winter tires, but I live in Michigan in the US and so had planned to do that before next winter anyway. I do not have the iDrive on my 3 series, but I have heard from others that switching the nav, sat, etc. over to Euro can be rather expensive and some BMW dealers do not like to do the work. I tried in vain to have a US BMW dealer do the lights conversion for me, but the dealers here in the US were frankly not very helpful and spent most of the time trying to sell me another car.

in CH you should be able to drive your US car for up to one year on your US plates. I am still kicking myself for not shipping my car to Switzerland when we moved there 3 years ago, the prices for cars in Switzerland are nearly 2x the prices anywhere else in Europe.
Haha the stealership wanted to sell you another car for export? lol Which 3 series are you exporting? Does you car have the washers already?

You're right about the navigation etc. I read in another thread (can't remember where) that there is a company in Germany specializing on the programming.
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@OP: You still around? Did you bring the 335is to Switzerland? Saw a lovely blue 335is with Florida license plate in Zurich (Quellenstrasse) today and was wondering if it was yours...
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