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Old 13.07.2022, 15:50
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Re: Buying a car from Germany or France

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You need to buy a car that has been matriculated (with German plates) for at least 6 months before the import or you get hit with CO2 tax which can be nasty....


The German dealer will get you plates and 3rd party insurance for 30 days.



It's fairly simple to do, when you get the the border there are plenty of custom brokers who will do the German/Swiss import papers, costs around Chf 200.-- but without this properly filled in you cannot advance, so money well spent !


The German VAT is refunded electronically, the Swiss side you pay 4% (?) vehicle tax + 7.7% VAT by credit card, maestro, cash, TWINT after which they stamp the papers and off you go.


Go to your local vehicle testing place (main one usually not the "branch offices" give them the papers, they give you an appointment for a check, which is basically bullshit after which you get your grey card and Swiss plates. They return the German plates for you.


Do wait to do this, remember insurance is only 30 days from when you drive off with the car



Make sure you take tools to remove the German plates and affix the Swiss plates, you'll need number plate holders from Jumbo or similar, make sure you know if you want a long plate or a shorter fat one, some cars look better with one or the other.
Brilliant responses both the above. thanks a million.
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