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MFK fail and now what?

I have an issue that my old Mercedes MFK fail in May, after that I have been abroad and I will be return Swiss at end of August. I am aware of one month re-inspection rule but unfortunately it didn't fit my schedule.
After I will return back, I need service for car first and then new appointment for make MFK. As I understand, I can not drive my car because more than one month has gone but, can I get temporary permission to drive my car to Service?
They already sent me mail, very official statement that plates and car documents need to return (not possible as far I stay abroad) so I still have plates but they charge me 200chf fee??? and that I paid.. Anybody have experience how to proceed now?
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Re: MFK fail and now what?

Bern will allow you to drive with your plates, from home to and from workshop and from home to and from MFK test center. Talk to the Strassenvekehrsamt when you get back.

Otherwise your garage could lend you red plates for the short journeys.

Is it worth repairing? There are lots of old Mercedes about.
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I have an issue that my old Mercedes MFK fail in May........
After I will return back, I need service for car first and then new appointment for make MFK......
So get the garage to pick up the car, service, repair and MFK it.
May not be the cheapest, sure is the easiest route to take.

They'll want the failure paperwork as well so they know what to fix.
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Re: MFK fail and now what?

Thank's for feedback, I guess it is worth of it still. Aim to drive it up to Finland soon and sell it out. However, because I live in Aargau canton, I would fix it in Germany side of border, already offer from one local dealer. So, have to go first meet Strassenvekehrsamt crew and negotiate possibility to drive car into service and then directly to MFK, I hope it works...
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However, because I live in Aargau canton, I would fix it in Germany side of border, already offer from one local dealer. So, have to go first meet Strassenvekehrsamt crew and negotiate possibility to drive car into service and then directly to MFK, I hope it works...
No chance. You can't drive an illegal (not roadworthy) car into Germany.
Do you honestly think your insurance company would cover you?

How much would the repair cost here? What did it fail on?
Maybe you can get it repaired here, get the MFK then get it serviced in DE.

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Re: MFK fail and now what?

Repairing in Switzerland cost about 1500chf, offer from Germany are 500eur. Replacement of both front springs and remove some corrosion from front right side spring holder, that's all work need to be done...
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Re: MFK fail and now what?

I can reccommend this garage, http://www.karosserie-braendlin.de/
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Re: MFK fail and now what?

Thank's I will check that out, just first need to figured out if they can give me temporary permit to drive car to the service...
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Re: MFK fail and now what?

Well, can you get it towed there (and back?). Sometimes the hassle and extra "other" costs make it just easier to do things here, unfortunately...
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Re: MFK fail and now what?

I failed the mfk once for the exact same problem. Since I couldn't make the next appointments for the following 2 months they allowed me to drive it till then (the garage didn't have an opening till that time) and I had the parts in the car when I went the second time (they wouldn't let me cancel so I had to go even though nothing had been fixed). Then they took it for 50 chf extra and all was good.....so call them and ask
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Thank's I will check that out, just first need to figured out if they can give me temporary permit to drive car to the service...
As others have said, they will probably give you permission to drive the car to service...in Switzerland. Very unlikely they'll give you permission/plates to drive to Germany to save money on the repairs.

Besides, a German shop cannot guarantee you'll pass the MFK. What would you do if you spent the time and money in Germany and still failed? I don't think you get a third chance to pass. A Swiss shop will make sure you pass (for a price, of course).
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I don't think you get a third chance to pass.
You get as many chances as it takes.

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Re: MFK fail and now what?

Just another old beaten up car to be sold in Finland... and fixing it as cheap as possible. It won't even last the winters up there.

Not to be mean, but sounds like quite cheap behavior and I pity the possible future owner - I hope the car breaks down on the way. You should do the right thing and scrap it.
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Besides, a German shop cannot guarantee you'll pass the MFK. What would you do if you spent the time and money in Germany and still failed? I don't think you get a third chance to pass. A Swiss shop will make sure you pass (for a price, of course).
How is that different to a Swiss garage?
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Just another old beaten up car to be sold in Finland... and fixing it as cheap as possible. It won't even last the winters up there.

Not to be mean, but sounds like quite cheap behavior and I pity the possible future owner - I hope the car breaks down on the way. You should do the right thing and scrap it.
You show that you have absolutely no idea about old Mercedes cars. They are plentiful here but abroad they fetch very good prices because they are built to last. If this car passes the MFK it is good for another 20'000 Kms or 2 years, at least.
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As others have said, they will probably give you permission to drive the car to service...in Switzerland. Very unlikely they'll give you permission/plates to drive to Germany to save money on the repairs.

Besides, a German shop cannot guarantee you'll pass the MFK. What would you do if you spent the time and money in Germany and still failed? I don't think you get a third chance to pass. A Swiss shop will make sure you pass (for a price, of course).
The garage I reccommended ( http://www.karosserie-braendlin.de/) does give a guarentee the car will pass: and on 30.07.2013 mine did at the re-testing! In my long experience the German garages are honest and thorough.
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You show that you have absolutely no idea about old Mercedes cars. They are plentiful here but abroad they fetch very good prices because they are built to last. If this car passes the MFK it is good for another 20'000 Kms or 2 years, at least.
Facts:
- old Mercedes car
- failed the MFK on corrosion
- failed the MFK on both front springs
- hasn't been driven in at least two months
- intends a cheap fix and drive it 2000 kms to Finland, to sell it for an overprice to some poor lad

Not matter how big of Merc fan you are, it still seems like a pretty crappy deal to me. And I'm sure you're well aware of the reputation of both Mercedes, their so called "customer service"/garages and their electronics - truly a "worthy" moneypit.

But I'm not going to turn this into another car topic - every one has the right to an opinion.

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You get as many chances as it takes.
Thanks, Tom! I didn't know that. I thought I read somewhere (probably in an informative EF thread full of experts ) that you only get two shots.

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- failed the MFK on corrosion
Honest question here, how does a garage fix corrosion to the point it will pass? Sanding/painting seems logical, but what if it's on the undercarriage or on a part that doesn't get painted? Not saying that's OP's problem, just curious.
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how does a garage fix corrosion to the point it will pass?
Surface rust is fine, just no holes.

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Re: MFK fail and now what?

Thank's for many answers, first of all I would like underline that my target is fix the car to the good shape again. Even I am planning to sell this car in Finland I am going to sell only perfect good car and as I can see if the car passing Swiss MFK it must be good enough to sell out in Finland
Only one spring are broken but I have got recommendation's to replace both of them instead only one.
Sure it would be great to find local car service (not MB Service) from Brügg/AG area who can fix this at reasonable price but I think reasonable price in Switzerland are more like a good joke. One photo of the corrosion, inspector punch his screwdriver through so I will take this seriously..

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