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MFK ?=? TCS Vehicle Check

Does anyone know if MFK equals to a TCS Vechiel Check? What's the difference? many thanks.
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Re: MFK ?=? TCS Vechiel Check

one is official and required at a certain age/frequency (MFK) and one is done by the Touring Club of Switzerland.
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one is official and required at a certain age/frequency (MFK) and one is done by the Touring Club of Switzerland.
Thanks. do you know if the checked items are the same or quite different?
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Re: MFK ?=? TCS Vechiel Check

the TCS one will be something you get done on a vehicle before buying. Failing this suggests to not buy the car.

the MFK is done by the official vehicle license/inspection of your Kanton. Failing this is a pain.
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Re: MFK ?=? TCS Vechiel Check

Here's some more helpful and detailed information on the Motorfahrzeugkontrollen (MFK).

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Re: MFK ?=? TCS Vechiel Check

TCS is authorized to perform the annual inspections, but you need to bring the car to the TCS before you receive a notice to appear at the MFK. If the MFK has issued you an appointment, you must appear there.
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TCS is authorized to perform the annual inspections
Annual? Are you suggesting that the MFK is done every year? That's certainly not been my experience, which consists of, if I can recall correctly:

Volvo brought over from the UK, tested on import in 2001 in BS, then once more in BS after that, around 2005 at a guess, then in 2008 in OW after me moved Kantons.
We bought a new Peugeot in 2003 which was never tested until said Kanton move, and then in 2008 replaced the Volvo with a new VW and in 2010 the Peugeot with a 9-month-old Audi, neither of which has been tested.

So, about 19 years of car ownership, total of just four MFK tests, three of which were required by virtue of moving address.

Edit: I forgot my gixxer (motorbike), which I had from 2003 to 2007. Again, never asked in for a test.

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TCS is authorized to perform the annual inspections, but you need to bring the car to the TCS before you receive a notice to appear at the MFK. If the MFK has issued you an appointment, you must appear there.
Stricktly untrue, only Cantonnal test centers can do the test and issue a coresponding certificate (Grey card)
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Re: MFK ?=? TCS Vechiel Check

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TCS is authorized to perform the annual inspections, but you need to bring the car to the TCS before you receive a notice to appear at the MFK. If the MFK has issued you an appointment, you must appear there.
No, not at all, simply you must arrange a TCS test BEFORE the appointment date, and only for cars, not motorcycles.

Also, frequency depends on the canton (though it should be two years), around here 4 -5 years is the norm for cars, longer for bikes.

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Not 100% true (except for motorcycles). TCS can do the test and update your grey card (for cars), but they don't issue new ones (which you ony get with a new registration anyway).

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Re: MFK ?=? TCS Vechiel Check

The TCS make the MFK control for cars.
But you must make the control ahead of the order from the Kantonal office.
Also you must be a member of the TCS.
Look here (in german) http://www.tcs.ch/de/der-club/meine-...kontrollen.php

Price list. Unser Gesamtangebot für Personenwagen (und Motorräder *) von A bis Z


Alle zugelassenen Motorfahrzeuge unterliegen periodisch der MFK. PWs müssen wie folgt nachgeprüft werden: 4 Jahre nach der 1. Inverkehrsetzung, anschliessend nach 3 Jahren, dann alle 2 Jahre. Der TCS ist autorisert, die MFK an PWs von TCS-Mitgliedern vorzunehmen (exkl. umgebaute, abgeänderte Fahrzeuge und PWs mit annulliertem
Fahrzeugausweis).

Amtliche Kontrollen TCS-Mitglied Nichtmitglied Fahrzeugprüfung

CHF 45.-

nicht im Angebot

Nachprüfung

CHF 15.-



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Re: MFK ?=? TCS Vechiel Check

For the record, when you buy a new car, the MFK is first due after 5 years, then 3 years later, then every 2 years after that.

I bought my Audi new in September 2006 and had to take it in for the first MFK inspection in summer 2011. The next MFK inspection is due in 2014.

My motorcycle, which was bought used in 2004 (it's a 2003 model) was at the MFK in 2009 and will probably be due in early 2013 (they're a bit slow about calling in motorcycles).
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For the record, when you buy a new car, the MFK is first due after 5 years, then 3 years later, then every 2 years after that.

I bought my Audi new in September 2006 and had to take it in for the first MFK inspection in summer 2011. The next MFK inspection is due in 2014.

My motorcycle, which was bought used in 2004 (it's a 2003 model) was at the MFK in 2009 and will probably be due in early 2013 (they're a bit slow about calling in motorcycles).
I have motorcycles, bought (used) in 2003, and new (2005, 2007) that have NEVER been called in for inspection!

My car generally gets called in every 4 - 5 years.

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The TCS make the MFK control for cars.
But you must make the control ahead of the order from the Kantonal office.
Also you must be a member of the TCS.
You do NOT have to be a member of the TCS to have your MFK done there!

Also, not ahead of the order but ahead of the appointment date (been there, done that, twice).

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