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Car insurance issues (focus on UK cars in Switzerland)

[Moderate note: This thread was originally born from one about selling a car. The original thread is here]

Hi Esther

I'm not interested in buying your car I'm afraid as I have also brought mine from the UK! Am having trouble getting insurance though, can you tell me who you used.

Thanks
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Re: “English” car for sale

If you have Brit plates, try The AA who should if things are as they were 10 years ago give you an annual green card.

If you convert to Swiss plates, no problem.
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Re: “English” car for sale

Many UK insurance companies give you a limited duration insurance. It may be limited duration driven in Switzerland, so if you are "driving to and from UK". Check your policy.

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If you convert to Swiss plates, no problem.
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Re: “English” car for sale

Thanks for that Lob.

One question though, how do you actually go about converting to swiss plates?

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Re: “English” car for sale

oh that's easy. You go to a garage who specialise in your car make, get them to do the work and then get papers from the STVA (Swiss-German traffic licencing authority) to check the car and make it legal in Swizterland.

And then realise that you can't sell the car for love nor money
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Re: “English” car for sale

Thanks, there is so much conflicting advice on this all over the internet.
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Re: “English” car for sale

Ummm, maybe I'm missing something obvious here, but if cars in the UK are much more expensive and have their steering wheels on the wrong side wouldn't it be better not to bring a UK car here. Surely selling it for a higher price in the UK and then buying the same model here for a lower price would make more sense? It would also mean you'd have no paperwork or insurance hassles?

Maybe I've missing something, in which case I'm putting on my hard hat and waiting for a torrent of abuse By the way, my comments are not aimed at the original poster, but anyone who is driving around or contemplating driving around a UK car over here.
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Re: “English” car for sale

Hey Mark

To answer your question (in my case anyway), we had two cars in the UK and sold one but brought the other one over here with loads of our stuff in it. It's old (97) so not worth much anyway and we figured might as well keep it till we get a new one.

You're right though, if we had known in advance how much we had to do we would never have brought it. We were advised by my husbands relocators that it would be no problem, but we should have checked up on that ourselves!

Only other option is to sell it here or trade it in, but in the meantime need to sort out insurance as my UK cover runs out soon!!
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Re: “English” car for sale

With the steering wheel on the wrong side, you find:
  • car park ticket machines to be "a challenge"
  • overtaking to be "different" as you can't see as well
  • speed cameras to be "ineffective" as they need raised numbers if what I see is correct
  • value of said car zero so plan to keep it for life
  • conversion costs reasonable-to-high
  • warranty .... works with BMW
  • eventually either the car or you and the car will go home
You can drag it out with a Brit car over here, I managed 18 months, some people years, without converting. I figured it was time to sell the car in the UK and get a local one when they caught up with me
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UK car insurance

We have recently moved to CH with two UK cars and need an annual green card. Our UK insurance company has given us 90 days cover which is fast approaching the 90 days and I need to find a (UK) company who will provide us with a years green card on both vehicles. I have tried to go down the Swiss route on the UK cars, but without the import paperwork - still trying to sort out the Bewillingungen that appears to be a no go.
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Re: UK car insurance

Some background reading about other car insurance queries for other users...

http://www.englishforum.ch/transport...ght=green+card

Selling an imported car

Driving on US plates

Edit, missed this one
Car insurance issues (focus on UK cars in Switzerland)

Upshot: of course you can get a Swiss company to insure a UK car.
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Re: UK car insurance

going on from what gbn says - Swiss companies now insure GB cars and I think my contact at Zurich could help you out here
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Re: UK car insurance

Lob,

Can you please give me your contact at Zurich!

Thanks
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Re: UK car insurance

do also remember that, officially, you should import your English car after one year here
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Re: Car insurance issues (focus on UK cars in Switzerland)

Can anyone help me sort out the difference in teilkasko and vollkasko?

Haftplicht means that if you have an accident involving someone else, the insurance company pays for the other persons or car damage no matter if it is your fault or the other persons? But none of my damage is payed for even if it wasn't my fault?

And with teilkasko the other persons and car damage are payed for and if it wasn't your fault, even your own damage is payed for? But is my damage payed for even if it was my fault?

Or are the only difference between teilkasko and vollkasko that one of them cover strange things like fire and burglury and parking damages and so on but they cover the same things in accidents?
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Re: UK car insurance

These people will do it for UK cars year round:

STUART COLLINS & CO
114 WALTER RD
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PHONE 00 44 1792 655562
FAX 00 44 1792 651126
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Re: Car insurance issues (focus on UK cars in Switzerland)

me too if this remains current please? - Anthony
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Re: UK car insurance

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going on from what gbn says - Swiss companies now insure GB cars and I think my contact at Zurich could help you out here
Hi can you possible put me in trouch with your contact. I need to sort out a swiss car insurance for our UK car (our UK insurance expires on Saturday!!!!!! HELp). Thanks for your help.
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Hi can you possible put me in trouch with your contact. I need to sort out a swiss car insurance for our UK car (our UK insurance expires on Saturday!!!!!! HELp). Thanks for your help.
Zurich insurance insured our car on foreign plates. We just needed the number from the document we got when importing the car issued by the boarder control.
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Re: Car insurance issues (focus on UK cars in Switzerland)

Polly, Darryl, all,

I am also looking for how to get a UK car insured third party in Switzerland withouth having to get Swiss plates. Was beginning to panic and thinking how to get the car out of here before my UK insurance runs out.
Someone called Darryl earlier in the thread had a contact in Basel. Could anyone help please?
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