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Buying winter wheels

Despite searching the threads I'm struggling to answer this question about winter wheels. Any advice appreciated.

Original Swiss car with alloy wheels. Currently running summer tyres on factory standard VW alloy rims. Car came with a set of winter tyres which the previous owner would swap onto the alloy wheels each winter.
If I buy a set of VW alloys from Germany that were standard on the model of VW (there were a couple of different options in 17 inch size), do I need to worry about registering the alloys on the car grey document etc..?

If this is too much hassle where is the cheapest place to buy a set of Swiss approved alloy rims for a VW which I can then use with the existing winter tyres? I'm in Basel.
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Old 02.10.2015, 16:08
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Re: Buying winter wheels

Should be fine, I bought used & had no problems with MFK's on 3 different cars.
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Old 02.10.2015, 16:15
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If I buy a set of VW alloys from Germany that were standard on the model of VW (there were a couple of different options in 17 inch size), do I need to worry about registering the alloys on the car grey document etc..?
No. My VW's 17" winter wheels (18" ones fitted new) were bought after the car and not registered. They are VW OEM parts, mind, whereas my wife's Audi has non-Audi winter alloys, also not registered in any way, but also in a standard size for the model, and that's been through at least one MFK while wearing them.
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If I buy a set of VW alloys from Germany that were standard on the model of VW (there were a couple of different options in 17 inch size), do I need to worry about registering the alloys on the car grey document etc..?
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If you buy rims with the same dimensions as the existing ones, no need to register/worry.

I assume there are thresholds on the tyre diameter and width, specific to car model/version, but haven't seen those things written on the grey document, though.
Any idea on where to get that information?
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be careful when explaining your German wheels to any Swiss.
They will think they are link this
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Re: Buying winter wheels

The wheels will be worth more than the car soon...
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Old 02.10.2015, 17:35
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If you buy rims with the same dimensions as the existing ones, no need to register/worry.
Thats not exactly the key point:
- same dimension but aftermarket manufacturer: need to register/ the documentation from the manufacturer that your specific car is ok with it.

- original manufacturer: any dimension ok as long as your car was originally available with it. I had for example two sets of Audi wheels before, the bigger one for summer, smaller for winter tyres. When I checked with Amag if i need to enter them in the papers did they look at me as if I am from outer space... "that's original Audi, of course not!"
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Re: Buying winter wheels

With after market wheels, you should get a certificate stating they have been approved by the relevant Swiss authority (it's federal level, not cantonal) on your particular type of car.

No cert, walk away and buy elsewhere.

The cantonal authorities who do the MFK certs look at wheels each time, it's a common error made by people and and easy fail for the tester.
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Re: Buying winter wheels

thanks sounds like i will be ok with OEM rims. Only a matter of time before every other Diesel manufacturer gets caught fixing emissions tests...
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Re: Buying winter wheels

Technically, you can only have what's listed in the registration certificate and/or certificate of conformity, and that might well say you can have whatever you want but it might also limit your choices (which it probably won't). I say that because my CoC is very restrictive, even limiting the brand of tyres. As far as OEM wheels go, I'm only allowed to have one of the two different types of wheels that were available when the car was new.

Generally speaking though, you only have to worry about the set of wheels your car will be on when you go through the MFK.
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