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Re: Car insurance for a UK car, not intending to import

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Hi everyone,
I am moving to Suisse in August and I intend to bring my little car for up to 12 months max. AA advised that they could provide a 12 month extended insurance policy (agrees with the above info), which I am going to take and then - if I stay longer - I will take the car back to the UK and buy something locally. I have owed the car for about 4 years. I think this is still cheaper that buy even an used one in Suisse. PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG!
Maybe it is really not worth it - my beloved car is 7 years old.
Can anyone advise, please, what sort of charges I have to pay in the circumstances? Do I have to pay an import tax, if I intend to keep it only for 12 month max?
Another question: I have over 9 years no claim period - would any Swiss insurance company recognise that? I will have a B permit.
I will be grateful for any advise and other tips!

THANK YOU! Looking forward to hearing from you - experienced folks!


If you have insurance and the car is legal to drive in your home country then you will be ok for a year here in Switzerland. Even if you import it since you have it over 6 months you won't need to pay import tax anyway. You will however have to jump through hoops to pass the safety tests here.

I heard yesterday that some Swiss insurance companies will accept your no claims bonus, you will need a letter confirming the amount of no claims benefit from your insurance company. When you get over you can shop around to see which company will give you the best deal.
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