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If you consider selling it once you get here please PM me. I am looking for a RHD car.
Fiat Punto per chance?? Lovely red. http://auto.ricardo.ch/kaufen/fahrze...w/an630458414/
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Re: English Car in Switzerland - Zurich

As I said, some like to make their life difficult. They enjoy pain.

Expensive classic car... bring it. Otherwise ... ditch it.

I rest my case and will say no more
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Old 20.02.2011, 19:14
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Re: English Car in Switzerland - Zurich

I insured my RHD car here on English plates- the only caveat was that I could not drive out of the country on the insurance!
Managed it for 8 months before registering it with CH plates.
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As I said, some like to make their life difficult. They enjoy pain.

Expensive classic car... bring it. Otherwise ... ditch it.

I rest my case and will say no more
You know you've made your point, you found it difficult. I made my point and said my experience is different. Why can't you leave it at that instead of making out it's always a painful experience and others enjoy pain? I don't and didn't experience any.

Plenty of people have done a little research (all easily found on this forum), imported a suitable car without difficulty and saved a load of money. Some people have not done research, tried to import an unsuitable car and had problems. That seems to be you.

Look forward to you saying no more.
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Old 22.02.2011, 10:30
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Re: English Car in Switzerland - Zurich

I imported & registered my UK car and use it here with little difficulty - but then it was a very good, new-ish car to start with and I would have lost a lot of money if I had resold it in the UK and bought the equivalent here.

The import/registration process sounded more painful than it actually was, but then the car didn't have to be modified at all.

If the car is old or not worth a lot, I agree though it is better not to bother registering it here.
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Old 22.02.2011, 11:29
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As I said, some like to make their life difficult. They enjoy pain.

Expensive classic car... bring it. Otherwise ... ditch it.

I rest my case and will say no more
I agree , when I first moved abroad first place Germany I sold my car as i didn't want the hassle. It was definatley the best solution. I would only go through all that hassle for a classic or very special car that I intended to keep a long time.

If I were you I would leave the car at home for the time being, get settled and decide if its really worth it all, then you leave yourself a choice.

I bought a car here last year but I don't use it to drive to locations in Zurich as its easier to use public transport but on the other hand I do prefer to use a car on longer journeys especially for ski trips.

I personaly don't like driving in the city as I find it a nightmare even with a (LHD), so thats why I always drive the same routes to the motorways. I would imagine it would be very difficult and dangerous with vision driving a (RHD) especially with the trams here. Nightmare!
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I agree , when I first moved abroad first place Germany I sold my car as i didn't want the hassle. It was definatley the best solution. I would only go through all that hassle for a classic or very special car that I intended to keep a long time.

If I were you I would leave the car at home for the time being, get settled and decide if its really worth it all, then you leave yourself a choice.

I bought a car here last year but I don't use it to drive to locations in Zurich as its easier to use public transport but on the other hand I do prefer to use a car on longer journeys especially for ski trips.

I personaly don't like driving in the city as I find it a nightmare even with a (LHD), so thats why I always drive the same routes to the motorways. I would imagine it would be very difficult and dangerous with vision driving a (RHD) especially with the trams here. Nightmare!
Nah trams are a hazard regardless of which hand drive they are, I've driven a RHD through Zurich many times, and whilst the experience wasn't pleasant it was no where near as bad as Amsterdam or Brussels.

I agree the CH transport system is great but expensive and sometimes it justifies using the car as it's cheaper to burn the fuel, + you don't have to put up with the scum, drunks and stinky people on public transport. <joke>

I have a similar situation re: Importing.

I have a very special car (in my eyes) and there was around only 1500 of these made in the UK by a UK manafacturer, it's possible I would import it as I think it's virtually impossible to replace in CH. It took me a year to find it in the UK.

I've seen one example at x4 times the cost in CH, the rarity of this car in Europe I cannot stress enough. In that case I think I've made my justification for importing it.

If it was a Fiat Punto I wouldn't bother unless brand new. Even then I would probably consider selling it.

The bonus is in CH you get given a plate which you can transfer car to car so it's quite easy to collect a garage of special cars, possibly importing them from the UK. Well that's another subject.
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Old 22.02.2011, 16:09
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Re: English Car in Switzerland - Zurich

I haven't found driving & visibility any problem whatsoever, whether in a busy city like Geneva or out in the countryside. Occasionally overtaking takes a bit more care on some country roads, but that's it. Car parks can be a minor irritation, but my arms have grown 6 inches to compensate

However my parallel parking is now inch perfect as I'm right next to the curb!!!
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Re: English Car in Switzerland - Zurich

How do you get on with the visite technique?
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If it was a Fiat Punto I wouldn't bother unless brand new. Even then I would probably consider selling it.
Yeah but even with second hand cars. If you've had it for a few years and pumped money into maintaining it then sometimes it can be a case of the better the devil you know. It really depends.
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Re: English Car in Switzerland - Zurich

Have you found someone to insure your car yet? We have just bought our UK car to Switzerland for a year and have insured it with Stuart Collins in the UK who I would highly recommend.
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Have you found someone to insure your car yet? We have just bought our UK car to Switzerland for a year and have insured it with Stuart Collins in the UK who I would highly recommend.
I heard these guys insure UK registered cars temporarily--Based in Basel I believe: http://www.nvc.ch/
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I heard these guys insure UK registered cars temporarily--Based in Basel I believe: http://www.nvc.ch/
NVC are brokers. I use them and they're very helpfull. Recommended
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I have a very special car (in my eyes) and there was around only 1500 of these made in the UK by a UK manafacturer, it's possible I would import it as I think it's virtually impossible to replace in CH. It took me a year to find it in the UK.
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How do you get on with the visite technique?
No problem - luckily my headlamps could be switched to point the right way manually, the reversing light was on both sides, and the speedo had km/h on it. These are usually the pricy things to fix.

Other than that, there was a bit of paperwork to get - emissions test, insurance cover note, import form from the douane and CoC certificate from the manufacturer, but the test was a nervous but successful 20 minutes or so long. Not always sure if the CoC certificate is needed, I've heard conflicting reports, but as time was pressing I got one anyway (100+ for a piece of A4!! )

Actually another unnecessarily expensive part was getting the car cleaned to showroom standards - including chassis and engine steam clean. Cars have been turned away for being even slightly dirty, or so I've heard. Being Switzerland this wasn't cheap - unfortunately they don't have the brilliant East European-run hand wash places like you do in the Uk. I got this done as part of the pre-inspection check at the nearest dealer of my car's brand.

All in all the whole process, including the registration fees, CoC certificate, and so on, probably cost me around CHF7-800.

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All in all the whole process, including the registration fees, CoC certificate, and so on, probably cost me around CHF7-800.
You obviously like pain as well then!

If you go about it properly there's no reason for it to be difficult. The only issues I had were minor maintenance issues with the car that needed fixing anyway.
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Re: English Car in Switzerland - Zurich

Many years ago I tried to import a Volvo from the UK. However I fell foul of the accelerated emissions controls Switzerland had in the 80s - and was unable to import the car fully. However, I could import it for 2 years on a Z-plate.

On a Z-plate you'll have no problems getting Swiss car insurance.

When it became clear the car couldn't be imported I sold in on ebay - for 250chf to a Swiss garage!!

Since then my car history has been one of spending increasingly large amounts on cars
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