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Old 10.01.2011, 00:32
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Taking Car to UK

Hi,
Does anyone know how to bring a car(LHD) to UK(RHD)?

and is it worth to bring it?

My initial idea was selling current left-hand driving car here in Switzerland.
and buying new one in UK.

Please give your opinion or share your experiences.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10.01.2011, 00:40
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My initial idea was selling current left-hand driving car here in Switzerland.
and buying new one in UK
Do that. Less paperwork, more straight forward organising insurance etc..
Plus with the CHF/GBP rate at the moment you will probably be able to buy the same car a fair bit less in the UK than you sell if for here.
And the steering wheel will be on the right side.

I currently have my UK car in CH. Paperwork was an issue, steering wheel is on the wrong side. The only thing that's stopping me from switching is affording to replace it with a Swiss car at the moment!
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So why don't you swap cars?
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So why don't you swap cars?
Could you give me a hint for swapping?
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Do that. Less paperwork, more straight forward organising insurance etc..
Plus with the CHF/GBP rate at the moment you will probably be able to buy the same car a fair bit less in the UK than you sell if for here.
And the steering wheel will be on the right side.

I currently have my UK car in CH. Paperwork was an issue, steering wheel is on the wrong side. The only thing that's stopping me from switching is affording to replace it with a Swiss car at the moment!
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Could you give me a hint for swapping?
Will that do?

Seriously though, sell here and buy a heap one there, 2nd hand cars in the UK are very cheap right now. As will the insurance for a RHD compared to a LHD car.
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Re: Taking Car to UK

I have no experience permanently importing a LHD car into the UK but I would definitely keep it for a while just to perplex the locals.

I really enjoyed the WTF moment last year when we were approaching a roundabout and a car stopped right in front of us whilst heading for the next exit with both driver and passenger gawking at us. Couldn't figure it out at first but then realised they were looking at my wife in the drivers seat reading the newspaper. Following that we've had lots of fun watching the reactions of other drivers as she checks her make-up in the mirror, uses the phone, etc.

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Could you give me a hint for swapping?
It could be complicated, but my car is... and example of the pricing...

UK version of this
Average on Autoscout is around 10,000 CHFs, but they vary a lot.

And in the UK here
Average for one age of mine approx 3,500 GBP

So approx half the price for fairly similar cars!

(Mines black, currently 90,000miles/145,000 km, reg late 2002 [UK 52 plate])

To be fair i'd have to offer it at the UK price - What do you have / how much is it worth?
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To be fair i'd have to offer it at the UK price - What do you have / how much is it worth?
mine is http://www.englishforum.ch/sale-want...-gumligen.html

Do you have a idea how to make a balanced condition?
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Re: Taking Car to UK

Sorry looks a nice car, but not quite what i'd be looking for plus wouldn't have the cash to make up difference at the moment.

Selling here and buying in the UK would definitely be the easiest / most cost effective way. Hope you get it sorted ok..
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Re: Taking Car to UK

Before you buy a used vehicle in the UK you can check its details to see if it's been stolen, written off or has any finance outstanding against it. You can check online or by telephone using services from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and private vehicle check companies for a small fee.

Is there such a system or any similar process in Switzerland to check the same ?

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