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How to Import a car

This is what I did when I got my car from Germany:

1) Make sure the dealer can provide “"EG or EU -Übereinstimmungsbestätigung (CoC)” Certificate. Most fairly new cars will have this, this is to ensure that it meets Swiss/EU standards.

2) You need German export plates which are 50 to 150 EUR depending for how long (10 to 30 days), this also gives you 3rd party insurance on the car – Your dealer should be able to provide this, probably for free as part of the deal

3) Declare the car is for export with the local German customs. My dealer also did this for me.

4) Collect your car, pay the full price. Drive it to Basel (or another big border that can do everything)

5) Stop at the German side or part (or floor in Basel) and show them the German export papers. They will just stamp it, it’s a formality.

6) Go to the Swiss side, they will give you the vital "Prüfbericht" 13.20 A” (this is a yellow, data sheet). They will fill in part of the form with your “Stamm” number on it, which is your actual cars registration number in CH. Fill in the rest yourself.

7) Get your card out and pay all the Swiss taxes (about 11%)…..don’t forget the vinette

8) Call a Swiss insurer and get a insurance offer in principle (with your stamm number), which they will send this to the Strassenverkehrsamt

9) Go to a garage and get a "Abgas test". This is the Swiss Emission/Exhaust Gas, most cars will pass easily. You will get a small card and a sticker on the car. Cost about 25CHF. If the car has European warranty, it’s a good opportunity to get to know your local main dealer/garage

10) Go to to Strassenverkehrsamt desk 4-9, with the Prüfbericht 13.20 A, the EG/EU- Übereinstimmungsbestätigung, Abgas test and the carpapers. They will make you an appointemt to check the car

11) After the Check, and if your Car is okey. you will get the swissplates, they will take your german plates,

12) Send back the receipt from the Swiss customs and a copy of the Prüfbericht 13.20 A and get your VAT refund from the dealer.


To note:


  • VAT on Germans cars is applicable only to those sold by a Dealership or company, if its private or the dealer bought it from a private person then you don’t pay VAT, so don’t get that refunded. German VAT is 20%, but you still save on the low EUR and lower prices.
  • Most new cars with Euro Warranty will be covered by the Swiss. But check that will the dealer. Servicing is never free on a import
I have zero german and never bought a car from a dealer before. So if I was able to do it anyone can, its pretty simple.
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