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Old 06.06.2010, 21:32
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Re: Imported vehicles worth less -- how do they know?

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If a type of vehicle is officially approved in Switzerland it is assigned a type approval code. That's a 6-character alphanumeric code which is listed in the "Typengenehmigung" field of the car's registration document (Fahrzeugausweis). Cars which haven't been imported by the official importer have the letter "X" instead of the approval code. Therefore it's quite obvious to the educated buyer.
It's a lot easier than that - the date of first registration shows the country of registration and the fact that the vehicle was registered outside Switzerland. Not that that would make much vakue difference to the vehcile unless it was very new.
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