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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

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Doesn't work. But there is another way ...

I nearly got a CHF200 fine at 8pm on Sunday evening at Schaffhausen, but luckily the customs officer decided to let me off so long as I promised to go into Zurich city centre and get "permission to drive a foreign car". I had a vignette on the car too, and the car shouldn't attract any attention as its a 1yr old Mercedes. I think the guy was bored, he even searched the car.

Best way is stop at the border and ask if you can request permission to keep using the car on English plates without importing it. Its customs form 15.30 only costs CHF25 and is valid for 2 years. (I think the guy wanted me to go into Zurich as I didn't have any paperwork, not even a passport).

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
I done it but I had to pay 500chf deposit as we were moving to CH and didn't have the permits yet. And I had all the paperwork in place. They reimbursed us eventually but I lost 40 euro on the exchange rate anyway....
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I done it but I had to pay 500chf deposit as we were moving to CH and didn't have the permits yet. And I had all the paperwork in place. They reimbursed us eventually but I lost 40 euro on the exchange rate anyway....
Did you cross when&where the customs office was open? Perhaps it pays to declare it when the office is closed and ask if you can go into town the next day to get your residence permit and then get your permission at the city centre customs office.
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Did you cross when&where the customs office was open? Perhaps it pays to declare it when the office is closed and ask if you can go into town the next day to get your residence permit and then get your permission at the city centre customs office.
Yes it was open. I had to be in Lausanne before 6pm to pickup keys to the apartment (and it was Friday). I have declaration of personal effect importation plus the car but they could not believe me that I'm not coming to CH to sell my belongings or 11 years old car :/
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

Hi there

I'm looking to move my own car to Switzerland. It's got Polish plates,
I'm wondering - how long can the car stay within Switzerland? Assuming that I'd be leaving the country once in a month, for instance.
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

The car can stay indefinitely if you import it as your own personal effects, although Swiss insurance is probably a whole lot more than Polish, and if its an old car they will probably insist you fix a whole load of things (I know you have to clean the engine for the inspection)

Or as I said earlier for CHF25 using customs form 15.30 you can keep the Polish plates for 2years. Then decide if you want to import it, or take it back to Poland.
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Old 25.06.2015, 09:51
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

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Or as I said earlier for CHF25 using customs form 15.30 you can keep the Polish plates for 2years. Then decide if you want to import it, or take it back to Poland.
It will still need an MFK.

Z-plates are merely used to reduce the amount of tax paid. You will require Swiss insurance which is more expensive.

A 400k km 15 year old Golf will need to be in top condition to pass the MFK.
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

For anyone with UK plates, Stuart Collins Ltd is happy to insure UK registered cars for ex-pats without restrictions on time outside the UK. If anyone finds another insurance company that allows 12months/year outside UK, and non-UK-resident status for policyholders, then please post the details.

My car is new, so doesn't require MOT for 3yrs, so don't need to worry about MFK yet.
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For anyone with UK plates, Stuart Collins Ltd is happy to insure UK registered cars for ex-pats without restrictions on time outside the UK. If anyone finds another insurance company that allows 12months/year outside UK, and non-UK-resident status for policyholders, then please post the details.

My car is new, so doesn't require MOT for 3yrs, so don't need to worry about MFK yet.
do they charge a mint for that?
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do they charge a mint for that?
Approx 50% uplift for my circumstances, but its still half the price of Swiss insurance. (btw, some companies who advertise cheap insurance in UK ask for even more than Stuart Collins just to insure me in the UK)
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

Hi I am relocating to Switzerland in April from the UK and am considering bringing my car over. I have been told I will not like it driving a RHD in Switzerland. I want to hear what people' thought about it? Also is it a lot of hassle in your opinion to register my UK car in switzerland?

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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

Extensive posts on this subject if you use search. Nothing has changed, you'll be on the wrong side of ticket barriers, overtaking risky, terrible resale potential, potentially costly conversion of light etc for MFK (MoT on steroids), you have to maintain its UK roadworthiness for tax and MoT (if applicable) until its on Swiss plates, finance issues if you have it, insurance challenges, yada, yada, so all the good info' is still current.
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

I brought my RHD car to Switzerland, filed customs form 15.30 to give me 2yrs to drive it without the paperwork. Had to change my insurance company as Stuart Collins Insurance is *the* only UK insurer that will insure fully comp overseas for the whole year. I take my car to Germany for services, and I'm going to bring it back to UK to sell.
BUT, I regret buying a car regardless of which side the steering wheel is on! Public transport is so excellent here, that I only use it once every 3months. You can't park easily in the city, so the closest convenient parking to my home and my office involves more walking than just taking the tram. An annual city centre tram/bus/tram/ferry ticket actually costs half the price that I pay for a parking space for the car.
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

Good for you that you are located in Zurich In more hilly location car is more useful - especially if you live in another city than you work or in small town not served by buses or trains adequately.

I have sold my RHD after driving it in CH for a year. The customs were stopping me constantly for check same the police :P It had Irish plates. All in all I'm glad I sold it and bought full specs swiss-market car
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

I had my RHD car in Germany for a year with no problems. I've had it here for 3 years now and it's also no problem, but I drive it maybe once per week. My headlamp conversion cost me only my time. The MFK I find in part easier to pass than in the UK, the only more strict things being dirt and oil leaks. I had maybe slightly dodgy 3rd party only insurance for the first year I was here. I've never had anybody blink an eyelid when I was on UK plates but I live in Basel where they only care if you're crossing the border with too much hackfleisch. I used to get stopped quite often for the "what are you travelling with?" question but never ever asked for car documents. Overtaking is very rarely a problem. Only on certain roads which I very rarely find myself driving on and then it would have to be a tractor or something. I'm usually in town, on the motorway or on a mountain road (which are very slightly trickier in a RHD). I can't remember the last time I had to overtake someone on a two-way street. If you want to bring a RHD and have a bit of hassle and a bit of cost then do it. If you don't, then don't.
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

If I do the custom form 15.30 thing do I still have to do the MFK and all other tests? or do I have to abide to the UK MOT?
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

Hi I have a question, we are emigrating to Switz in probably July.
We have a RHD Audi that we would like to keep, however, if the costs for this car are silly, then perhaps it isnt worth it.
I see that people have reported to border control and said they are importing the car, which I guess we would be really.
I was thinking initially, we get there, before 6 months we decide to keep or change to a swiss car and sell the RHD Audi, I appreciate we may lose money, but how else will we get there with our pets and personal belongings.
We are having our home contents sent into storage with family in a removal van. I'm guessing we cant just hop aboard the removal van to get there?

Completely confused, please help me decide! lol
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Hi I have a question, we are emigrating to Switz in probably July.
We have a RHD Audi that we would like to keep, however, if the costs for this car are silly, then perhaps it isnt worth it.
I see that people have reported to border control and said they are importing the car, which I guess we would be really.
I was thinking initially, we get there, before 6 months we decide to keep or change to a swiss car and sell the RHD Audi, I appreciate we may lose money, but how else will we get there with our pets and personal belongings.
We are having our home contents sent into storage with family in a removal van. I'm guessing we cant just hop aboard the removal van to get there?

Completely confused, please help me decide! lol
Better change your question and mention you are coming to SWITZERLAND
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Re: How to PRIVATELY import a car EU to CH

Yay we are coming!!
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If I do the custom form 15.30 thing do I still have to do the MFK and all other tests? or do I have to abide to the UK MOT?
No need for an MFK. My car was new, so I didn't have to think about the problems of getting an MOT. With respect to other rules, I decided to play it safe and renew the UK car tax.
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I was thinking initially, we get there, before 6 months we decide to keep or change to a swiss car and sell the RHD Audi,
I recommend asking for a form 15.30 at the border, as that gives you 2yrs to make your mind up. If you want fully comp insurance, then you'll have to change insurer as Swiss insurers wont insure you until you import, and I only found 1 UK insurer that does 12 months continuous European cover.
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