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Old 17.11.2011, 14:57
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Vehicle import done -now need to register

Hello everyone,

I am new in Switzerland, came from US. Bought my car from Germany, have temporary plates that expire Nov. 21st (in a few days). I already completed customs and took the car to the registrar's office where they told me I need to wait for a scheduled time for inspection (probably won't be until December). I gave all the paperwork I had and today I got a notofication in the mail saying my file is incomplete. Why they didn't tell me this when I was there, beats me -oh, no one there speaks English... Anyways, my question is: did I lose my turn in the queue and hae to wait till January or will they still do it in December?

I will go there tomorrow anyways, but I need to know what the situation is.

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Old 17.11.2011, 15:33
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Re: Vehicle import done -now need to register

normally you call the day itself. starting at 7 am. at 7.15 all places for that day have been taken.... thats how it worked when I imported a few months back. ussually there is one guy that takes care of imports

All you need is
1.ALLLLLLL the papers they gave you at customs (COC, receipts, first paperwork iow when the car was first registered if it was a used car )
2. the little booklet for the exhaust emissions ( get it at your local dealer) and have the test done at a smaller garage (much cheaper) without it he will not pass you
3. I think that is all I needed to get it checked and registered


MAke sure the car is clean, also under the hood, all paperwork is nicely arranged and money ready to pay
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Old 17.11.2011, 16:38
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Re: Vehicle import done -now need to register

Thank you so much for the tip. I will start calling tomorrow, hopefully I'll get the appointment.
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Re: Vehicle import done -now need to register

Do you mind sharing what kind of car you purchase and if it was worth importing?
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Re: Vehicle import done -now need to register

Not at all. I bought a 2009 Ford C-Max for 9000 euro. I got it from a dealer so I got the VAT back (1400 euro), payed 1100 CHF duty. Hope this helps.
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Old 19.11.2011, 15:17
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Re: Vehicle import done -now need to register

Was the duty on the weight and size of the motor?
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Re: Vehicle import done -now need to register

No, I believe it is based on the current value of the car and is a fixed %. We told them car is now worth 7000 CHF because we had an accident with it (2 weeks after buying it) and had to do some work on it. They were very nice and trusted us, even though we didn't have receipts to prove it. So, if we payed the regular duty on the whole price, it would have been somewhat more.
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