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Car tax etc advice

Hi

Can anyone explain what is required with cars here e.g. servicing and safety checks? I am used to the UK system where you have an MOT and tax once a year.

Is it similar and who do I need to contact.

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Re: Car tax etc advice

Road tax - based on the car you have - annual fee - bill sent in post

Motorway vignette - annual fee - you have to buy it

MFK - equivalent to MOT - on older cars (3+ years?), you will receive a letter asking you to take the car to the local station for testing, not always annual - I think it depends a little on luck of the draw and how busy they are

Abgas - emisions test - will be done by your local garage - annual

If you search for any of these terms, you should find additional info on EF, as they've been discussed before.
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Re: Car tax etc advice

Just to add (and slightly amend - sorry Carlos)

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Road tax - based on the car you have - annual fee - bill sent in post

Motorway vignette - annual fee - you have to buy it

MFK - equivalent to MOT - on older cars (3+ years?), you will receive a letter asking you to take the car to the local station for testing, not always annual - I think it depends a little on luck of the draw and how busy they are

Abgas - emisions test - will be done by your local garage - annual

If you search for any of these terms, you should find additional info on EF, as they've been discussed before.
MFK (MoT) is not quite so random:- every 3 yrs for newish cars (up to 10 yrs. old I think - maybe more); and then every 2 yrs. for older cars. (Is not necessarily always exactly this time down to the month, though). You will be notified by post from the OCN for your appt. No action required by you.

Road tax is payable for the remainder of the calender year when you first register a CH plated car in your name at the OCN, and then yearly a bill received by post. The tax you pay is dependent on factors such as age, engine size, etc. This is fixed for your/every vehicle.

Abgas (emissions) is for 2 yrs. (I've just had mine done). You have a disk stuck on a window (but not obligatory) indicating the time (Mth & yr.) when the next one is due. The abgas test should also be recorded in a relevant service book with the car (if/when present). It is the owners responsibility to always remain current with their abgas test - no official notification is received and fines can be steep, if it has expired and you are checked.

Motorway vignettes are required for motorway travel per calender year, and are valid from Dec. (prev.) to end Jan. (following - i.e. 14 mths). Most people just buy them every Jan. before the end of the month. They currently cost CHF40, and again fines can be heavy if caught without.
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