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Old 07.11.2011, 23:31
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How to bring used winter tyres from Austria to CH

A good friend of mine who lives in Austria, is selling his complete set to me, since he's decided to give up on his car and tyres.
The rims are original BMW 17" with dunlop 3D winter tyres. The new price should be around 2600 CHF whilst he leaves for 400 Euros to me. Tyres are used obviously with phsycal apperance, I am wondering how to bring them in through the customs. Someone suggested me to do a protocol, signed by both parties and declare at the customs and pay the 8% taxes. Another collegue says it should not be a problem since they are used ones.
I have been wondering if it works via piece of paper, since there is no bills, receipt nothing. Any ideas?
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Old 08.11.2011, 01:56
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Re: How to bring used winter tyres from Austria to CH

I get my wheels and tires from Belgium (swiss registered car) . drive over there and slap em on the car. They are used so there is no way to prove you bought them from someone.
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Old 08.11.2011, 02:57
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I get my wheels and tires from Belgium (swiss registered car) . drive over there and slap em on the car. They are used so there is no way to prove you bought them from someone.
Sure there is. Get the person you bought them from to write you a receipt. Better than have the customs make up a value for you.
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Sure there is. Get the person you bought them from to write you a receipt. Better than have the customs make up a value for you.

The point is to make it look like they have been yours for a while and were simply stored (In his case in Austria) I have been stopped with tires in the back (the correct ones for the car) and it wasnt an issue cause they were used...
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Old 08.11.2011, 06:14
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The point is to make it look like they have been yours for a while and were simply stored (In his case in Austria) I have been stopped with tires in the back (the correct ones for the car) and it wasnt an issue cause they were used...
Ah. I see what you are saying.

I was going to say people don't usually travel with extra wheels so if the are visible the OP probably will get stopped.

Personally, I don't like to get into stories at the border, so the OP is best to get his friend to write him a receipt. I don't know if you have to pay for 2nd hand goods or not. (My guess would be no.) Either way, it's best if he stops shows them the receipt and either pays the 8% on 400 (or not, if they say it's not necessary) rather than buy new ones at 2000.
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Old 08.11.2011, 12:11
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Re: How to bring used winter tyres from Austria to CH

Agreed. If second hand tyres have no value, why drive to Austria to get them?

Everything has a value, however small. Just get a receipt and declare them at the border, the first CHF 300 will be tax free personal goods allowance, which if you smuggle you would lose.
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Agreed. If second hand tyres have no value, why drive to Austria to get them?

Everything has a value, however small. Just get a receipt and declare them at the border, the first CHF 300 will be tax free personal goods allowance, which if you smuggle you would lose.
So essentially, the tax would be around 15-17 CHF? Considering that you're still saving a lot of money and it makes your purchase legit, I would also recommend declaring the wheels. Wouldn't this also help with your vehicle insurance as well, as you'd have 'documented' wheels on your car, in case of a collision?
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Old 08.11.2011, 12:27
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the first CHF 300 will be tax free personal goods allowance
No, if it's under CHF 300, there is no tax, but if it's over CHF 300, the FULL amount is taxed, not just the amount over CHF 300!

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No, if it's under CHF 300, there is no tax, but if it's over CHF 300, the FULL amount is taxed, not just the amount over CHF 300!

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You are wrong. If it is declared you keep the Fr 300.
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You are wrong. If it is declared you keep the Fr 300.
If it's a single item, or even multiple items purchased from the same place, then I am correct.

If you have multiple items from multiple sources totalling more than CHF 300, then you only pay on the extra.

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Re: How to bring used winter tyres from Austria to CH

One of my biggest concern was what if the customs police do not believe me that i am buying for 400 Euros )
Well there is nothing to prove.. Maybe it is within Swiss Trust System
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Re: How to bring used winter tyres from Austria to CH

just put on the better looking tires, and bring back the uglier ones. Than no one can say anything.

other advice: shave before coming back, no sunglasses and decent clothing...
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One of my biggest concern was what if the customs police do not believe me that i am buying for 400 Euros )
Well there is nothing to prove.. Maybe it is within Swiss Trust System
Why not? If they are obviously used and your friend write you an invoice I don't see the problem.
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Re: How to bring used winter tyres from Austria to CH

Yesterday I was at the customs nearby Feldkirsch, so sharing my experience on this issue;

I stopped to show what I had in my trunk, custom officer took a look and asked how much I did pay for this used winter tyres. I showed the letter written by my friend, and 8% tax was applied immediately which cost 28 CHF at the end.
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