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Old 28.09.2015, 12:07
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Scratch before MFK test

Hi all car/MFK experts,
My car is turning 5 years old and it will go through its first MFK very soon. Yesterday, I parked my car at the very end of the Sertig valley for a walk to the water falls and when I came back I had the unpleasant surprise to see a big scratch all along my car, from front light to trunk. The local cafe told me it was because I parked in an area "reserved" for hunters at this time of the year. No sign of the spot being reserved of yourse...
Now, can I go through the MFK with this big scratch or do I need to get it fixed beforehand?
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Old 28.09.2015, 12:30
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Re: Scratch before MFK test

Never had an MFK. But it is just for safety, so I doubt they will care about some superficial damage.
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Old 28.09.2015, 12:31
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Now, can I go through the MFK with this big scratch or do I need to get it fixed beforehand?
Are you serious?

Why on earth would you think a scratch would fail an MFK? As long as the bodywork isn't structurally damaged it will be fine.

Also, when you say 'very soon' do you mean you've been asked to make an appointment? 'Cos if not then it could still be a long time in coming. You don't need to do it until they ask you, regardless of the age of the vehicle.
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Old 28.09.2015, 12:32
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Re: Scratch before MFK test

You can pass an MFK even with big dents (let alone scratches) as long as they are not pointy and a potential hazard, or they do not interfere with doors opening and in other functional ways (wheel wells/fenders interfering with wheels etc.)

I wouldn't fix a scratch for MFK
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Old 28.09.2015, 12:50
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Re: Scratch before MFK test

I've read some posts here where people stress how important it is to clean the engine before the MFK etc...so I was worried about the scratch but it looks like cosmetics are not relevant then.
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Old 28.09.2015, 12:54
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I've read some posts here where people stress how important it is to clean the engine before the MFK etc...so I was worried about the scratch but it looks like cosmetics are not relevant then.
Of course not. If they were, you'd find some MFK inspectors refusing to accept red cars because the colour clashes with their uniforms.

The clean engine thing (the degree of cleanliness required varies somewhat by inspection station) is to save the inspectors from getting slightly soiled fingertips. God forbid that someone choosing a career requiring them to look at the underside of motor vehicles should get their hands dirty.
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Old 28.09.2015, 13:02
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I've read some posts here where people stress how important it is to clean the engine before the MFK etc...so I was worried about the scratch but it looks like cosmetics are not relevant then.
Even those are not correct. It's only if you've got a lot of oil and crap on or around the engine that they're likely to fail, on the basis that they're not able to see if there's an oil leak or if it's just old from a clumsy fill-up.

This happened to me on my very first MFK, and in fact there was a slight oil leak, but not so much that it reappeared between getting the engine cleaned and the re-test a week later. Since then I've always just had a quick look under the bonnet to check there's nothing obvious - never needed to clean either the engine area or the car itself.
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Hi all car/MFK experts,
The local cafe told me it was because I parked in an area "reserved" for hunters at this time of the year. No sign of the spot being reserved of yourse...
I think he really thought about "reserved"
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Re: Scratch before MFK test

Reading through this is helpful - my car has a number of quite visible scratches and some cracks on the rear bumper that are taped up with trusty duct tape - I'm hoping it will pass through the MFK as its due soon!
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Re: Scratch before MFK test

Wifes car was hail damaged in the big storm two years ago.. It looks like a golf ball it has so many dents.

Passed MFK/Control Tecnique couple of weeks ago, no questions asked.
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Re: Scratch before MFK test

I do not think the cosmetic damage would matter at all unless it affects safety. At least it shouldn't.
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Hi all car/MFK experts,
My car is turning 5 years old and it will go through its first MFK very soon. Yesterday, I parked my car at the very end of the Sertig valley for a walk to the water falls and when I came back I had the unpleasant surprise to see a big scratch all along my car, from front light to trunk. The local cafe told me it was because I parked in an area "reserved" for hunters at this time of the year. No sign of the spot being reserved of yourse...
Now, can I go through the MFK with this big scratch or do I need to get it fixed beforehand?
Apart from the MFK, in a country like Switzerland, this sounds outrageous!
Can't the police do something about it?
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Old 07.12.2015, 18:34
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Can't the police do something about it?
You're kidding right? Those hunters have got guns!

I'd report it to the police (criminal damage), but I wouldn't expect any action nor sympathy.
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You're kidding right? Those hunters have got guns!

I'd report it to the police (criminal damage), but I wouldn't expect any action nor sympathy.
So if I understood correct, in a country where:
* if I spit on the road, I get fined,
* if I drop the garbage bag out of the bin, I get fined.

In this country I can go about scratching other people's cars and get away with it?
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Old 07.12.2015, 19:38
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Apart from the MFK, in a country like Switzerland, this sounds outrageous!

Can't the police do something about it?

What exactly?

If there is a witness then maybe they could find a suspect, otherwise what can they do?
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What exactly?

If there is a witness then maybe they could find a suspect, otherwise what can they do?
It's not like it happened during the night.
The OP said the guys from the local bar told him it was from the hunters.
I guess this would be a good starting point.
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Hi all car/MFK experts,
My car is turning 5 years old and it will go through its first MFK very soon. Yesterday, I parked my car at the very end of the Sertig valley for a walk to the water falls and when I came back I had the unpleasant surprise to see a big scratch all along my car, from front light to trunk. The local cafe told me it was because I parked in an area "reserved" for hunters at this time of the year. No sign of the spot being reserved of yourse...
Now, can I go through the MFK with this big scratch or do I need to get it fixed beforehand?
It's a shame the Sertig valley is so far away from Zurich, otherwise you could start a vendetta and keep visiting the car park and scratching the hunters cars.

Someone backed into my car the other day with a towbar and left a dent in the bumper. By the time I spotted it, the car that was parked in front did not have a towbar, so it wasn't that one.

No way to exact revenge for me either.
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So if I understood correct, in a country where:
* if I spit on the road, I get fined,
* if I drop the garbage bag out of the bin, I get fined.

In this country I can go about scratching other people's cars and get away with it?
Just like you can with the other things you mention . Same with speeding, burglary or even murder. You can get away with any or all of them.

Unless you get caught.
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