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Old 18.12.2015, 14:41
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Vehicle Purchase in Germany Keeping it in Germany

I have purchased a vehicle in Germany that passed the TUV but I am certain now it will not pass the MFK in Switzerland. Is it possible to buy a vehicle in Germany and insure it there if you can provide a mailing address that is also German as well? And if I can't, who can? Other EU residents or solely German residents?

I can even leave it there for the most part. It's a bit of a project vehicle and is going to need some real time before it's fully restored.

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Re: Vehicle Purchase in Germany Keeping it in Germany

Doesnt the License has to match the plate of the vehicle when you are abroad? ie German plates you would need to have a German license when driving in CH. (if the vehicle is in your name). Unless obviously it has been declared and is intended for import.

If it passed the TUV it will likely pass the mfk also.
I noticed with my 2001 bmw with 300k and needing many repairs that since it was a foreign vehicle (special inspection)being imported, they were much more relaxed about then when I mfk'd a Swiss vehicle.... specially since it had just passed the dutch inspection.... .
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Old 18.12.2015, 15:02
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Doesnt the License has to match the plate of the vehicle when you are abroad? ie German plates you would need to have a German license when driving in CH.
No, the plates have to match the place of residence of the driver when abroad, i.e. he'd have to be an EU resident when driving here.

So, you could keep and drive it in Germany (or any EU country), but could not enter CH and drive it, as you are resident here.

Only exception that I know of is that residents (as well as the Carabinieri and Police) of Campione, Italy, all have Ticino registered vehicles.

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Re: Vehicle Purchase in Germany Keeping it in Germany

I know that people can own Swiss plated cars that are have Switzerland as a 2nd address.
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Old 18.12.2015, 15:13
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I know that people can own Swiss plated cars that are have Switzerland as a 2nd address.
Yes, but they cannot drive them in the EU if they are EU residents.

US or other non EU, no problem.

As I said, you can have a vehicle in any country you like, you just can't drive it here.

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I know that people can own Swiss plated cars that are have Switzerland as a 2nd address.
That's fine as long as they don't take the car 'home'
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