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Importing and converting a RHD car ... is it worth it?

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I have a Nissan car in Japan for 1 year. I intend to bring it to CH as my personal effects. Do you know any services or companies in CH, where can convert a steering wheel from right to left . How much does it cost ? Its brand is Tiida. Perhapes Tiida cars are not in Swiss market. will I meet any troubles because of this. Regards
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

While this is the wrong thread for this and also you should do a search to find the right ones, my 2c: don't bother. Just sell it and buy another one here. Tiida is not such a high-end car to be worth the hassle or money (which will be a lot).
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Re: Importing and converting a RHD car ... is it worth it?

In a word ... no.

Don't even think about converting the car to LHD. It'll cost a fortune, you'll have to put the car through hoops to get it approved in CH, and you'll destroy its resale value.

However, if you've owned the car for more than six months, you can import it tax- and duty-free with minor alterations -- e.g. changing the headlights -- and drive it here as is, as a RHD car. Plenty of people do that, but you need to be happy driving a RHD car on the right side of the road. Resale would still be a problem, though, or do you plan to take the car back to Japan some day?
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Re: Importing and converting a RHD car ... is it worth it?

Normally I'm pretty moderate about these sorts of questions, but in this case the answer is clear: unknown brand and RHD. Sell the car before you leave. Anything else will cost you a fortune and leave you with nothing but grief (and likely a car that you can't drive).

If you said you had a LHD Merc, I'd encourage you to look into bringing it. But a RHD Tiida? It'll never get out of the starting gates.
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I have a Nissan car in Japan for 1 year. I intend to bring it to CH as my personal effects. Do you know any services or companies in CH, where can convert a steering wheel from right to left . How much does it cost ? Its brand is Tiida. Perhapes Tiida cars are not in Swiss market. will I meet any troubles because of this. Regards
If it doesnt have an eu style vin plate (eg not in japanese) then you can't import it anyway

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I have a Nissan car in Japan for 1 year. I intend to bring it to CH as my personal effects. Do you know any services or companies in CH, where can convert a steering wheel from right to left . How much does it cost ? Its brand is Tiida. Perhapes Tiida cars are not in Swiss market. will I meet any troubles because of this.
The Tiida is available in Switzerland and costs arund 17,000 CHF for a 2 to 3 year old model
For 2nd hand pricing and to compare fitted equipment with your car, check out: http://www.ooyyo.ch/gebrauchtwagen/nissan-tiida

To check if your exact model was available in Switzerland (ie: body style, engine size, etc), ask Nissan Switzerland.
Here is the Tiida on the CH Nissan website:
http://de.nissan.ch/fahrzeuge/pw/nissan-tiida.htm


But it is a boring, low cost car. Sell it in Japan, and buy a similar car in CH with the money, and have zero hassles.

If you're talking Mercedes, Porsche, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Bentley, or a classic car 50+ years old: then an import is definitely worth considering.
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Re: Importing and converting a RHD car ... is it worth it?

Thank you very much for the comments from all of you.

The begining of this year, I had sold my fairlady Z and I bought a Tiida .For this deal , I lost 23000 usd .

I asked a Nissan agent here , If I sell Tidda . this time I will lost 14.000 usd. For converting RH to LH , a service in Japan request 4000 usd.
That why I am thinking about to take it to CH.

At this moment I can not decide how to do..... perhaps I will sell... It is really an unlucky year !!!
( PS : My car is import tax exemption and free shipping to CH)
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Thank you very much for the comments from all of you.

The begining of this year, I had sold my fairlady Z and I bought a Tiida .For this deal , I lost 23000 usd .

I asked a Nissan agent here , If I sell Tidda . this time I will lost 14.000 usd. For converting RH to LH , a service in Japan request 4000 usd.
That why I am thinking about to take it to CH.

At this moment I can not decide how to do..... perhaps I will sell... It is really an unlucky year !!!
( PS : My car is import tax exemption and free shipping to CH)
I can understand your dilemma - you asked people here what they thought and every single one said "Don't even consider importing and converting".

So yeah........it must be difficult for you to decide now
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Re: Importing and converting a RHD car ... is it worth it?

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Thank you very much for the comments from all of you.

The begining of this year, I had sold my fairlady Z and I bought a Tiida .For this deal , I lost 23000 usd .

I asked a Nissan agent here , If I sell Tidda . this time I will lost 14.000 usd. For converting RH to LH , a service in Japan request 4000 usd.
That why I am thinking about to take it to CH.

At this moment I can not decide how to do..... perhaps I will sell... It is really an unlucky year !!!
( PS : My car is import tax exemption and free shipping to CH)

if you import it here it'll be worth nothing, if you import it and make it LHD (which would cost a fortune, thats if you can even get the parts and find someone to do it) it'll be worth a little bit more then nothing, but not much more, you would literally have to pay someone to take it from you.

if your just going to live with it being RHD and drive it till it dies then you'll be fine, we have a RHD car imported from the UK and its really no problem at all, can be a pain in car parks getting the ticket if your the only person in the car, but thats about it.

the swiss are really really funny about imported cars, they just don't want them, if its not swiss supplied your stuffed, if its RHD then forget it, if its done over 100,000km then forget it, funny bunch
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if you import it here it'll be worth nothing, if you import it and make it LHD (which would cost a fortune, thats if you can even get the parts and find someone to do it) it'll be worth a little bit more then nothing, but not much more, you would literally have to pay someone to take it from you.

if your just going to live with it being RHD and drive it till it dies then you'll be fine, we have a RHD car imported from the UK and its really no problem at all, can be a pain in car parks getting the ticket if your the only person in the car, but thats about it.

the swiss are really really funny about imported cars, they just don't want them, if its not swiss supplied your stuffed, if its RHD then forget it, if its done over 100,000km then forget it, funny bunch
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