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Old 27.07.2011, 08:01
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I saw a couple of comments regarding resale of a vehicle brought over to Switzerland being a losing proposition. Certainly this would not be the case with an Audi or BMW, right?
Wrong. Whatever the make the car is an import. Yes all vehicles are imported into Switzerland - but personal imports that command a lower value. Whatever you save over a model designated by the official import, you will pass on on sale...
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Re: car import from USA

I have brought back several vehicles after moving from the US to the UK, US to Spain and US to Germany. The simplest way to bring a car back is to go through the UK. Once its got The UK V5 on the vehicle its easy to re register it in which ever final detination country you desire. After learning this on my own vehickes I now offer this as a service to others. Get in contact with me if you want any help.
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no, i live in france ..but i can register the car in switz through the company
Also a company car gets you a nice 9pct of new value tax bill each year as well.
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I have brought back several vehicles after moving from the US to the UK, US to Spain and US to Germany. The simplest way to bring a car back is to go through the UK. Once its got The UK V5 on the vehicle its easy to re register it in which ever final detination country you desire. After learning this on my own vehickes I now offer this as a service to others. Get in contact with me if you want any help.
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Re: Importing of a us car completed

Hi
Very useful post. Thanks. What documents did you need to present to customs to import the car and what shipper and agent did you use as quote seems very reasonable.
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Re: Importing of a us car completed

Hi, I'm also importing the VW Touareg. Were you able to install GPS maps and adjust the radio? Thanks. And which insurance did you use?
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Re: Importing of a us car completed

Thank you for this post.

How did you ship it?
In a container or roll on roll off and which ports did you use?

When it arrived, did you collect it and drive it from the port or was it transported and how was the documentation completed?
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Re: car import from USA

hello, i'm planning to buy BMW 328 or 335 in usa and import it here, because the difference in prices in compare to swiss is about $10.000.
so, i've calculated that the import fare will be something like 250 CHF (depends on car weight), and as i know, the cargo from usa should be about $1.5k?
are there any other charges, except registration, insurance, etc?
i also have smthg like diplomatic status as i'm working at CERN, so maybe this can also help avoiding some import troubles?
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Re: car import from USA

there is tons of threads so read them. it will be MUCH more than 250 chf. take around 15-21% in the end just for import cost (except freight from USA to here) all this unless you had it for more than 6 months.... but again read up on the different threads here and you will find out
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Re: car import from USA

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You have to have own it MORE than 6 months. If you own it less than 6 months it's considered new and thus subject to vat/duty.
That is partially true, but even if you own it for more than 6 months, you also have to put more than 6000 km on it driving. This prevents buying the car in US and letting it sit for 6 months and than importing it (without VAT), if you still have US residency too.
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That is partially true, but even if you own it for more than 6 months, you also have to put more than 6000 km on it driving. This prevents buying the car in US and letting it sit for 6 months and than importing it (without VAT), if you still have US residency too.
First, I was replying to the posters commenting that he has to own the car less than 6 months which is in fact opposite. Second, what I wrote is in fact completely true. The adding extra conditions doesn't make what I wrote untrue, nor partially true. And third, clearly I was not providing a comprehensive list of requirements to import a car from the US. :P

If you want to read more about how to do it, here is a PDF that might be of interest. Putting a Private Car into Circulation
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Re: car import from USA

Apologies if this has already been covered but I didn't want to go through the 120+ postings.

If you would like to import a car with ZENON headlights, or add them here, be aware that Swiss law requires you to have the little pop up wiper fluid JETS on the front bumper. If the jets are not already installed, the cost to install them here can be prohibitive.

That leaves you with the option of installing regular lights (sort of defeats the purpose with a high end car) or paying big bucks to the Swiss importer for a new bumper and jets.
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Re: Importing of a us car completed

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Greetings all,
I have followed closely many of the threads related to importing a car to Switzerland. I got scared for a moment thinking that I had gotten myself into a big trouble by doing so.
However... My experience had been extremely good and I hope it will be for further people.

Here is what we did for a USA specification VW tiguan
  • Shipping the car door to door including insurance 2250 USD (owned the car for more than 6 months)
  • Insurance while on foreign plates, was regular cost about 80 CHF per month, No problem for having US plates, insurer did not mind.
  • For car registration:
    • We took the car to VW dealer, they did emissions test and car description documentation all for ~250 CHF
    • Car check/registration (including issuing of new plates (Aargau)), ~700 CHF. No modifications were required; the process took about 1 hr.
It seems a little expensive overall, but if we take in consideration that the same car model sales here for almost double the price, I think is more than worth it.


We did not find any issue at all and the entire process was quick, the only part that took long was the waiting for the appointment to check and register the car (about 4 weeks).
Everybody was extremely helpful and informed us about what was needed. The entire process took about 1.5-2 months from the time we received the car.
Now we have new Swiss plates, but I have to be honest, I miss being stared at the highway for having US plates.

Good luck for all of those who are in the same process. My only advice, be very careful and organized with your documentation, it seems that Swiss people like that...

great thanks
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Does anyone have any updated news for importing from the USA now that its 2014?
My biggest concern is if the dashboard has to be replaced for miles to kph. Although I read somewhere that is there is some option to get some type of kph reading in the dash they will pass it.
has anyone tried selling their imported car? any difficulty?
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Old 14.07.2014, 14:56
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Re: car import from USA

What car is it?

I just bought a 2013/14 model mustang, but that has KM in small numbers under the MPH, you can get 'stick on' KPH dials for most cars, just a sticker that goes over your current dial to change it to KPH. you can also just plug in an OBD2 reader (like scangauge for example) that will display your speed in KPH.

If its an older car you can fit a converter direct to the speedo or wheel / gearbox (wherever the speedo is connected to) to change the ratio and make it into KPH.

As for Xenons, the mustang has them and they had to fit washers to get it through the swiss test, but they are just after market screen washers, nothing fancy or pop up.

As for other changes, they had to change the indicators as they all had to flash together and not in sequence (shame as that looked soooo cool) and rather bizzarely they didn't insist on a rear fog light being fitted.

The importer did have to get a whole shed load of documentation for the car, as I understand it there is no certificate of conformity in the USA? so they had to get lots of other documents instead, which cost quite a bit (I was told) and the car is checked that it conformed to those docs at the import MFK

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Porsche-Ca...item27e5eb169b
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Re: Importing of a us car completed

Glad to see you didnt have any problems bringing your car in. I just have a question about the speedometer - which I presume was in miles. Did you replace that? I am bringing in a Cayenne - so its from the same VW family. I hope there are not too many differences in spcifications to here otherwise I dread to think of the costs of those changes.
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Re: Importing of a us car completed

Greetings.

The speed meter had both miles and Kilometers, the kilometers being the small number, as long as you have both scales it will not affect. It just takes a little while to get use to small numbers.
I hope this helps.

Good luck
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Does anyone have any updated news for importing from the USA now that its 2014?
My biggest concern is if the dashboard has to be replaced for miles to kph. Although I read somewhere that is there is some option to get some type of kph reading in the dash they will pass it.
has anyone tried selling their imported car? any difficulty?
Is your car a model that is sold in Switzerland. I have met expats that brought A Honda 4x4 that isn't sold here and have had to wait for parts to arrive. Plus, they were only able to sell it to Americans familiar with the car.

If you do get the dash modified, get it done in the states. I would guess it would cost more to get it done here.
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Re: car import from USA

Its a 2011 Cayenne - dont think those dials will do the trick... but at least I know they exist! Thats great. Concerned about after market Xenon light washers... Since the same model is sold here I presume cert of conformity should be OK. It will be an adventure in any case, as everything here is...
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Re: car import from USA

these are the guys that imported my mustang

http://www.8865.ch/

They have a mechanic on site and didn't seem to have any issues installing the xenon washers etc and getting the cars through the MFK's (they imported 20 of them, plus a load of other yank tanks)
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