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Re: Buying a 2nd hand van.

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They still gave us a right merry go round about it at the 'Service des Autos'- until the garage manager blew his top and just said 'give me the keys, I'll sort the ****** out. He was back 5 mins later with the paperwork sorted
That's a brilliant story.

re the tax - he'll have to pay, but even with that and the lights there are still some really good deals.
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Old 27.07.2011, 18:23
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Re: Buying a 2nd hand van.

Okay, might be convinced about the issue of blind spots. I was worried myself, but this is a VW T5, 2009, 19k miles on the clock with one year warranty all for £9000. Bloody amazing deal as far as I can see. But maybe not for me and Neuchatel.

This is just far too difficult. Found one in Netherlands that is perfect for me and at the right price, but that just seems like even more hassle than it's worth. Although an excuse for a trip to Netherlands would be good.
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Re: Buying a 2nd hand van.

Procrastination is the name of the game.

Found a lovely little VW van about 20km over the border from Geneva.

Couple of questions;

Do I need to get insurance for it before going to pick it up?
Should the 6 months guarantee be valid even if I import to Switzerland (I tried asking over the phone, but again my limited French meant I couldn't get my question across (or understand her answers)) I guess this changes between garages, but any info would be handy.
They said they wouldn't help me with importing the van so what can I expect to have to go through in order to get over the border into Switzerland with it?

I need to get a loan for this van so need to know approximately how much money I need over and above the cost of the van.

Sorry for yet more questions, I have read through past import threads but I just don't want to spend CHF10k+ with money I don't have and get some nasty surprise. (although for the equivalent in Suisse I'd have to pay another CHF10k so seems like a deal (almost seems to good to be true really))
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Re: Buying a 2nd hand van.

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Procrastination is the name of the game.

Found a lovely little VW van about 20km over the border from Geneva.

Couple of questions;

Do I need to get insurance for it before going to pick it up?
Should the 6 months guarantee be valid even if I import to Switzerland (I tried asking over the phone, but again my limited French meant I couldn't get my question across (or understand her answers)) I guess this changes between garages, but any info would be handy.
They said they wouldn't help me with importing the van so what can I expect to have to go through in order to get over the border into Switzerland with it?

I need to get a loan for this van so need to know approximately how much money I need over and above the cost of the van.

Sorry for yet more questions, I have read through past import threads but I just don't want to spend CHF10k+ with money I don't have and get some nasty surprise. (although for the equivalent in Suisse I'd have to pay another CHF10k so seems like a deal (almost seems to good to be true really))
http://www.ne.ch/neat/site/jsp/rubri...leu&DocId=6628

This site might help but it's all in French I'm afraid. You will definitely need the customs form and the emissions test and I am pretty sure you would need insurance to drive it back.
Presumably it's registered in France at the moment and you would be bringing it in on French plates.

We importrd our car as part of our move so it's slightly different. The removal company sorted out the customs form and our insurance was still valid until we got the Swiss plates. Our needed the 13.20 import form to be able to issue Swiss insurance and he sent it through direct to the registration place for us to be able to register it here after the expertise was done.

Be warned there is a long wait for the expertise in Neuchatel at the moment. When we did ours the earliest appointment was over a month away.

If you need any help with the French don't hestiate to ask.
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