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Old 04.05.2012, 12:07
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Use car for 11 months and sell in UK

I did a search, but cant find the answer to this specific question...

I want to use my UK car in Switzerland for 11 months and then sell it back in the UK.

If I do a customs declaration, get form 15:20 etc. to import my car I have 12 months to get it transferred to swiss plates and insurance.

But if I want to sell it in 11 months in the UK and I don't get Swiss plates for it then how do I export it (do I need to export it) and will there be any problem back in the UK?

I still have the registered UK address so no problem there, but do the Swiss tell the DVLA it's exported when you declare it or not until you transfer it to Swiss plates?

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Old 04.05.2012, 12:12
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I did a search, but cant find the answer to this specific question...

I want to use my UK car in Switzerland for 11 months and then sell it back in the UK.

If I do a customs declaration, get form 15:20 etc. to import my car I have 12 months to get it transferred to swiss plates and insurance.

But if I want to sell it in 11 months in the UK and I don't get Swiss plates for it then how do I export it (do I need to export it) and will there be any problem back in the UK?

I still have the registered UK address so no problem there, but do the Swiss tell the DVLA it's exported when you declare it or not until you transfer it to Swiss plates?

Thanks
I _think_ that the action of declaring it to customs has no effect on any of this, and until/unless you go through the Swiss registration process DVLA won't know, or care, where it is. so taking it back to the UK is a non-issue, as long as it's gt valid MOT,Tax disc and insurance.

Talking of which, be very careful with the UK insurer. Many policies will not cover you if you're out of the country for more than 90 days. Can't remember the details, but check with them first to ensure your cover remains valid.
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Old 04.05.2012, 12:14
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I did a search, but cant find the answer to this specific question...

I want to use my UK car in Switzerland for 11 months and then sell it back in the UK.

If I do a customs declaration, get form 15:20 etc. to import my car I have 12 months to get it transferred to swiss plates and insurance.

But if I want to sell it in 11 months in the UK and I don't get Swiss plates for it then how do I export it (do I need to export it) and will there be any problem back in the UK?

I still have the registered UK address so no problem there, but do the Swiss tell the DVLA it's exported when you declare it or not until you transfer it to Swiss plates?

Thanks
It's 12 months from when YOU arrived in CH, not the car, if you have been here more than a year it's a very short time it can be driven, less than a month.

It's still registered in the UK so only 'temp. export'.

No problem with the UK
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It's 12 months from when YOU arrived in CH, not the car
I arrive (b-permit) next Monday... have only been visiting previously
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I arrive (b-permit) next Monday... have only been visiting previously
Get a proper green card if you can, althrough it's not strictly necessary. Norwhich Union gace me one when I first lived here.

You have to declair the car when you arrive, you will pay a small fee 25? & get a form from customs that gives you the right to use the car here. After 10 months you will get a letter telling you need to take the car for a test etc. I just returned mine to the UK & sold it at auction.
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You have to declair the car when you arrive, you will pay a small fee 25? & get a form from customs that gives you the right to use the car here. After 10 months you will get a letter telling you need to take the car for a test etc. I just returned mine to the UK & sold it at auction.
Excellent... exactly what I'm hoping to do...
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Double check, then triple check the insurance.

Most UK green cards are only valid for 30 consecutive days
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Double check, then triple check the insurance.

Most UK green cards are only valid for 30 consecutive days
180 days on mine.

As far as I know (but haven't checked) it still covers you for third party and allows you to drive legally even if you exceed the allowed days.
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180 days on mine.

As far as I know (but haven't checked) it still covers you for third party and allows you to drive legally even if you exceed the allowed days.
I did manage to get a full year from NU, a broker I used had to talk them into it & I had been claim free for over 10 years with them previousely

EU regulations do allow you to drive , with the minimium cover required in that country, CH is also a party to that agreement.
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you might try these guys www.stuartcollins.com they can give you a green card for a year
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