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With eurchf exchange rate, are cars cheaper now?

Maybe this is an old topic being discussed before.. but with the stronger CHF now against Euro, are car dealers selling cars cheaper now? I figure that Swiss car dealers cannot put high price tags now as I am sure some individuals may just better off buying the car in Germany and import it themselves.

I have been looking to own a BMW 335i xDrive M-Sportpaket, which is not more than 3 years old. Looking at Autoscout24.ch, this car is selling at a starting price of about CHF57k. I wonder if it is still better off importing from Germany since I am not familiar with the customs and other import fees.
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Old 08.05.2015, 08:25
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Re: With eurchf exchange rate, are cars cheaper now?

You could read the Forum and find out how cheap it can be, couldn't you?
  1. How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH (163) 20.Apr.2015
  2. My experience importing a car from germany to switzerland.... (46) 19.Mar.2015
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Re: With eurchf exchange rate, are cars cheaper now?

I short answer to your question:
It never is. The only way to get a better price is to spend a tremendous amount of time trying to figure everything out. If you value your time to 0 then yes, you can benefit. If you read the links in the posts above you will see that its not only about chf eur rate... Its also about all the admin work of getting cars registered etc. Having imported 2 cars to CH, I can say its a pain and I would not have done it unless they were given to me for free (which they were )
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Re: With eurchf exchange rate, are cars cheaper now?

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If you read the links in the posts above you will see that its not only about chf eur rate... Its also about all the admin work of getting cars registered etc.
This is what I have read from the 2nd link, 1st post:

"I must say - the process was very easy overall. It was worth it for sure. I have a B-permit and it was no problem for me. "

So, it doesn't seem to be very labour-intensive or hard process. Nikos, did you have any extra difficulties dealing with paperwork, or...?
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Re: With eurchf exchange rate, are cars cheaper now?

All new cars are 15-20% cheaper. Dealers are offering EUR bonus discount.

All imported cars are cheaper now, by 20%.

All second hand cars in CH LOST 20% of their value. Now, some will adjust their prices and sell, some will not and they will not sell.
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Old 08.05.2015, 11:06
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Re: With eurchf exchange rate, are cars cheaper now?

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I short answer to your question:
It never is. The only way to get a better price is to spend a tremendous amount of time trying to figure everything out. If you value your time to 0 then yes, you can benefit. If you read the links in the posts above you will see that its not only about chf eur rate... Its also about all the admin work of getting cars registered etc. Having imported 2 cars to CH, I can say its a pain and I would not have done it unless they were given to me for free (which they were )
We bought an imported car (through a garage) a few years ago. Even then it was much cheaper.

How difficult was it?

Us: "Can we buy that car please?" (pointing to it)

Garage: "Yes"


That wasn't too difficult, was it ?
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Re: With eurchf exchange rate, are cars cheaper now?

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All new cars are 15-20% cheaper. Dealers are offering EUR bonus discount.

All imported cars are cheaper now, by 20%.

All second hand cars in CH LOST 20% of their value. Now, some will adjust their prices and sell, some will not and they will not sell.
Not strictly true. SOME will have done but some won't have done. Anything "nearly" new will have been hit hard - 5-6 year old stuff less hard - and then older stuff not really.

The ultimate base value of a car in Switzerland is the car's worth + the fresh MFK premium (2-4k depending on the type of car).

If you are trying to sell a 2011-2013 car used values will have tanked and part-ex valuations will be heavily impacted - but if you are trading in for something new you'll benefit on the purchase side. New cars are now costing considerably less than 5 years ago.
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Re: With eurchf exchange rate, are cars cheaper now?

The Swiss (German-language) consumer magazine Beobachter had a story titled "The end of the bargain era" on this topic last month. In short: it is still cheaper to buy a car in Germany, but it is not as much of a bargain as it used to be.

The article (in German) with comparison of prices of different makes of cars:

http://www.beobachter.ch/konsum/kauf...naeppchenzeit/
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Re: With eurchf exchange rate, are cars cheaper now?

I imported a BMW from the UK using their tax-free export scheme a couple of years ago. It was not difficult and I saved about CHF 30'000 over the retail price in CH. In fact, I could not have afforded this car here otherwise. The base spec in the UK was better, the currency at the time was very strong (pre CHF-EURO hitchup), and I did not have to pay any UK tax at all.
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Re: With eurchf exchange rate, are cars cheaper now?

I bought my wife a car over the border in Germany. The dealership in Waldshut saw to all the formality, save the vignette. We ordered it, put down the deposit, waited until it arrived, paid the rest, drove over to get it, where it already had the Swiss plate and vehicle ID card, and drove back over. Simple as that.

Net - saved about 5kCHF on a 40kCHF car. This was in the 1 EUR = 1.2 CHF era, though.

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