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Old 01.04.2011, 08:30
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Re: DIY Car Maintenance and Repair

Reviving an old thread, actually my first post.

I will soon be graduating here and consider the move from Canada to Switzerland.

Here I used to do everything myself and that attitude is widely supported in Canada. I have an older Mercedes 190 Diesel. That was my first car and hopefully will be my last one.

Can anyone please point me to more information (links etc) about the regulatory issues in Switzerland about DIY repairs and safety inspections. I used to live in Germany for the better part of my life before I came to Canada. In Germany, the safety inspections were overly picky about what needs to be done by 'certified specialists' and what is permitted. For example, doing any welds close to or directly on the frame were a big no-no in Germany. Also doing your own brake- and fuel lines made the safety inspectors uneasy, regardless of how well the work was done.

Lob mentioned that no street repairs are permitted. My biggest worry is the availability of repair locations. I'm not a big fan of DIY shops and used to fix everything myself in the private garage. Considering the high property costs in Switzerland, renting an apartment will more or less be the only option for me. Is it actually common to find places in Zurich or Basel that rent an apartment + a private garage. If anyone has experience with this, do the rental agreements actually permit to use the space for repairs?

This goes a bit off-topic for DIY repairs. I do not want to sound sentimental, but this ride is almost sacred to me and I'm planning to import it to Switzerland. Most of the information I found on the web was specific to importing EU-vehicles (actually mine was licensed in Germany years ago... long story). Has anyone in the EF forum ever attempted to import vehicles that were licensed overseas (in my case Canada) to Switzerland. What resources should I look into; especially concerning safety and regulatory requirements?

Thanks

Thomas
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