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Re: Coming from US to CH: bring my car or get one there

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FWIW...

We brought our 2010 Range Rover Supercharged from the US. in 2017 as it only had about 20k miles and was paid off. It cost us ~2k to ship from NJ and we typically buy vehicles and use them until they stop running.

We use it as a grocery getter, quick errand boy and some long road-trips occasionally into the hills/mountains for holidays. With a family, the need for groceries/errands requires a vehicle where we live for convenience (we find at least).

The importer we used charged us for some simple modifications and took it to the road office to get it certified and the license plate put on it. I think all they did was toggle the MPH to KMH and they charged us 1k for that pleasure.

To sell it there and buy an equivalent replacement here would have meant coming out of pocket significantly for us so we brought it over.

We recently got it road tested again at the local Strasse... and they broke my back over the trailer hitch and the wiring harness. I had to go 3 times as they did not like the hitch receiver, the tow ball on the tongue, the different US to EU wiring adapter I bought online, etc., and were basically just being difficult. They argued my hitch was not EU compliant and I had to print out the Range Rover invoice for the EU hitch I had so they would let it go. They were even telling me I had to take off the factory provided Range Rover towing kit on it if I could not fix it. It was a ridiculous headache for a non-issue they turned into a first class incident.

I then paid my garage CH-German speaking mechanic to take it in for the 4th time and they passed it without a problem and they all probably enjoyed more than a few giggles at my expense. It was very frustrating, not to mention billed by the state for each vehicle visit it took to get it passed.

In hind sight, I probably would have sold it and bought something here instead. It would have reduced the stress of the move, if it was from here and I did not have to deal with all the complexities of a foreign car from the US for ongoing maintenance and tests.

We like the idea of an extra very small, fuel efficient vehicle to use instead, but the breakeven on an electric for 4 for us is still so many years out, we keep the big beast on the road, just a lot less frequently.
Hello fellow expat(s), are you interested in a 4 bike hitch carrier/or anyone else with a North American square hitch? I imported mine under the assumption that the hitches were similar so it's sitting in my basement collecting dust.

In relevance to the topic, I would also recommend selling and repurchasing as it's a lot of extra/possible headaches with an imported vehicle. I would like to one day "export" vehicles though, but more of a day dream for now.
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Re: Coming from US to CH: bring my car or get one there

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Hello fellow expat(s), are you interested in a 4 bike hitch carrier/or anyone else with a North American square hitch? I imported mine under the assumption that the hitches were similar so it's sitting in my basement collecting dust.

In relevance to the topic, I would also recommend selling and repurchasing as it's a lot of extra/possible headaches with an imported vehicle. I would like to one day "export" vehicles though, but more of a day dream for now.
Hey, I'm on the market for a hitch bike carrier and I just learned about the local law. The bike rack needs brake lights and a place for the car ID plate because the bikes block brake lights most of times. That might be another issue.

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