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Importing new car from the UK

I have just bought a new car from a UK tax free dealership which I will be picking up from London in 2 weeks time. However, I need to insure the car in order to be able to pick it up, as with out insurance the dealer will not release the car.

Has anyone had a recent experience with such a case, as I have tried numerous insurance companies but they will not insure a car with out swiss plates. While in the UK the insurance companies will not insure the car with export plates.

Any help would be appreciated
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Old 27.09.2011, 16:32
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Re: Importing new car from the UK

Asked many times already, scroll down to the box entitled "Similar Threads".
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Old 27.09.2011, 16:42
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Re: Importing new car from the UK

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Re: Importing new car from the UK

I have done that already, and all the posts are outdated. Hence, me starting a new thread
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Old 27.09.2011, 17:42
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I have done that already, and all the posts are outdated. Hence, me starting a new thread
And you didn't think of sorting this out BEFORE you bought the car?

Are you paid to make such clever decisions?

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Old 27.09.2011, 18:03
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I have done that already, and all the posts are outdated. Hence, me starting a new thread
the posts may be older, but laws and practises have not changed since around 2008.

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Old 27.09.2011, 18:07
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Re: Importing new car from the UK

It seems to me that either you bring the car here on a trailer, or register the car in UK and drive it here.
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Old 27.09.2011, 19:34
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Re: Importing new car from the UK

I have recently looked into this as we were going to do as you have and decided not to because of the insurance. The problem was you cant get swiss insurance until the car gets accross the border and you cant get uk insurance even short term unless you are a uk resident. I checked many many companies. Even if the car is registered in the uk you cant get the insurance unless you are a resident of the uk.. the only option i found was to use a trailer and of which I contacted a couple of companies but none that were able to bring the car back for me.
I hope you find a quick solution the only other option i could suggest is to get a friend who is resident in the uk to take up temporary cover on the vehicle and drive it back for you....
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Old 27.09.2011, 19:48
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And you didn't think of sorting this out BEFORE you bought the car?

Are you paid to make such clever decisions?

No, he's a business administration student

Seriously, put it on a trailer, drive to Switzerland (don't moan about ferry charges for trailers, and there's an 80 kph speed limit for trailers in Germany), import it, insure it, the End.

BTW what sort of "tax-free" car dealership is unable to arrange export insurance? Just so I can avoid them.
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Re: Importing new car from the UK

Looking into a matter quite recently regarding a problem similar, I have an associate that owns a Swiss garage, he recently lent his Swiss trade plates to a guy to bring across an unregistered high end car, the car came through customs with a few questions but the guy from the garage was there to purchase the car and get a receipt at the border...It's not seemless but it worked.
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Re: Importing new car from the UK

just to update you on the matter. the car is now in Switzerland awaiting its inspection test at the strassenverkhersamt. I insured the car in the UK, as I still have an address there. The policy comes with european cover. That will cover me until I get the swiss plates, after which I will be able to get swiss insurance and cancel the UK insurance policy.
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