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Hi all,

I'm moving over to CH in a few weeks and am taking my UK car for the first few months whilst I get settled in and sort out buying a CH car. Does anyone know whether TCS breakdown cover is fine for a UK registered car? I came across the thread below which suggests ACS should be avoided.

What a con... [Automobile Club de Suisse not attending breakdown due to British car]

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Re: Breakdown cover

I had a quick look at the General Conditions for the TCS and they do not make any mention of not accepting foreign plates. You could call them just to be sure.

When you register with the TCS, you will need to give them the plate number of the car to be covered so this is where you will see if they have a problem with it or not.

To have TCS you need to be living in CH so once you have your registration papers for CH you should be ok.
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Re: Breakdown cover

The TCS has a reciprocal agreement with the AA in England and the AA has been very helpful to us a few times whilst over there in a CH registered car.
Perhaps you could see about joining the AA if you're not already a member which should then cover the period during which you're moving?
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Re: Breakdown cover

Thanks all. I'll give TCS a call to be sure.

I'm a member of the AA in the UK but every time I've extended it to include Europe (e.g. when we drive to the Alps to go skiing each year) it's cost an absolute fortune so not keen to do that for a few months.
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Re: Breakdown cover

I'm surprised that you have to pay a lot extra... we have an ETI card which covers us for Europe (we drive in the UK and France a lot) and it's only 103 chf for the family or 75 chf for an individual per annum. Which isn't a lot for the service we get.

Worth doing once you're here if you're planning to drive back to the UK in your swiss car perhaps?

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Re: Breakdown cover

I seem to remember it cost about 120 for a week's European cover when we did it last year so increased across a few months it could be quite expensive...
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Re: Breakdown cover

Heavens, that is a lot!
For once Switzerland has produced a bargain.

Try seeing if you can sign up with the TCS now as Verbier suggests, especially as you're going to be resident here, it might be possible to do it with a UK registered car but you'll have to check with them.
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