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Way to avoid import cost of car in this case?

Hi all - 1st off... we're not trying to cheat the system. Have no problem with the idea of import charges etc. Are asking this question as it's an odd situation - we think we only have 2 options, but wondering is there something else which we've missed. So understand how this usually works, just wondering....

Some background:
1) So my girlfriend is working in Switzerland and currently living here. Has been for 4-5 months.
2) BUT her plan is to go back home in about 6 months, has gotten an excellent job offer which is too good to turn down probably
3) AND her sister is about to move to Australia to live in the next month, and is selling her car. My GF is thinking of buying this car (she loves it, and is a very good price)

So I know under usual circumstances if she buys this she either:
1) Imports it into Switzerland and pays the 12% (as its a new possesion and < 6 months owned)
2) OR leaves it at home, and doesn't drive it over here at all

Are wondering - are there other options, whereby you could drive it here for a few months without importing, as its a short term issue?

There may be NO other optino in which case we just leave the car at home for 6 months until she goes back there, but would be nice to bring over if it worked out. Anyone any ideas?
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Old 12.09.2011, 17:12
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Re: Way to avoid import cost of car in this case?

It doesn't look good, as she did not own the car 6 months previously, nor declare it when she arrived here,

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

Questions 10 & 11 are relevant
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Way to avoid import cost of car in this case?

yeah - that is what we're thinking

1) not hers > 6 months
2) didn't declare, as didnt own it when she arrived
3) will at MOST be using it for 4-5 months over here. Nice car, and be good to have here if the cost was just the cost to drive over, but not if we have to pay import charges of c. 10-12%

PS - what is the import charge exactly? read something about 8% VAT + 4% customs. Is that right?

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Re: Way to avoid import cost of car in this case?

Is your ability to read that bad?

Vehicle Import Duties
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Re: Way to avoid import cost of car in this case?

Excuse me! I appreciate you contribute a lot to these forums, but do you think that is a justified thing to say in this case? To me, that is a very rude response to what is a perfectly fine question....

I started off my post by saying we had read up, and knew the "usual" rules. We were wondering if there was something we were missing, before we went out and spent either 10% on importing a car! We are simpy asking if tehre is something which we are missing, which sites like that dont tell us in our specific example.

If you dont want to reply, fine. I asked the question - got an answer and was saying.. yeah think you're right...

Dint want to make a big thing of it, just think that answer is totally uncalled for!
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Old 12.09.2011, 18:40
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Re: Way to avoid import cost of car in this case?

I'm assuming from your profile that 'home' = 'Ireland'.

In your case, and since it's a family transaction, I might be tempted to leave the car registered in the sister's name, on Irish plates. Your girlfriend could then be added to the Irish insurance policy as a named driver and she could drive here using the 'borrowed' car.

Your girlfriend would actually buy the car when she moves back to Ireland, at least on paper. If money changed hands before then, who's to know?

This also saves the hassle of having to re-register the car when she moves back to Ireland.

This situation obviously relies on everyone trusting everyone else...
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Old 12.09.2011, 19:29
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Re: Way to avoid import cost of car in this case?

For what I know, you can drive on foreign plates for up to 12 months, so why 'officially' import the car?
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For what I know, you can drive on foreign plates for up to 12 months, so why 'officially' import the car?

cause you need an adress in the UK to insure the car these days. they do not do international insurance any longer if im not mistaken. otherwise yes just drive it here....

Maybe ask the rents to put under their insurance with your name? I would certainly NOT import it here however. (in the end you pay around 21% to import it with all their sidecosts etc etc)
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Excuse me! I appreciate you contribute a lot to these forums, but do you think that is a justified thing to say in this case? To me, that is a very rude response to what is a perfectly fine question....
Yet on the flipside - you asked specifically whether it was 8% + 4% import tax. If you had read up you'd know!!

Futhermore there are dozens of general import threads which answer that.

If your gf is trying to avoid import, register the car in your name in Ireland, find an insurance company that will insure the car AND allow the car to be out of the country for 6 months.

Swiss insurance, on the other hand, seems to be far more inclusive - with the ability to go out of the country for months at a time.
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Re: Way to avoid import cost of car in this case?

If you've got a UK address and can sort out the insurance to cover you for usage in Switzerland then I would not bother to import the car into CH, just drive it for the few months left and then that's it.
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Re: Way to avoid import cost of car in this case?

This is my plan, to keep my car on UK plates to avoid any import nonsense, but use it all the time in Switzerland.

I read that after 12 months you have to change the plates to Swiss plates, but if I take it back to the UK for a week in 11.5 months time, then re-enter Switzerland, does the 12 month clock reset, so I get another year on my UK plates?

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Yes of course it resets the clock and they fill your tank with fuel. I even heard after the 3rd time you get free snow tyres
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I read that after 12 months you have to change the plates to Swiss plates, but if I take it back to the UK for a week in 11.5 months time, then re-enter Switzerland, does the 12 month clock reset, so I get another year on my UK plates?

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