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Old 21.06.2020, 21:41
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Hello everyone,

My latest MFK test was on June 2018. I haven't received a letter yet. Does anybody have the same experience? Do you consider that a delay or it is normal? I am asking because in theory the test should be done every 2 years.
In Luzern theyíre averaging around 30 months. It depends on the load. I suspect theyíre even further behind now bc of current events.
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Old 21.06.2020, 21:45
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Hello everyone,

My latest MFK test was on June 2018. I haven't received a letter yet. Does anybody have the same experience? Do you consider that a delay or it is normal? I am asking because in theory the test should be done every 2 years.
Around here, it can even be 10+ years.

Why do you see this as a problem?

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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Not a problem necessarily, but in Basel MKF should be done every two years (to my knowledge). I would guess they are delays because of the Covid situation.

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Old 21.06.2020, 22:25
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Not a problem necessarily, but in Basel MKF should be done every two years (to my knowledge).
It is their problem, not yours.

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Not a problem necessarily, but in Basel MKF should be done every two years (to my knowledge). I would guess they are delays because of the Covid situation.

Pierre
Don't worry, the mfk station in MŁnchenstein is operational again and the MFK office at Clarastrasse will reopen this Monday. You will receive the usual invitation letter with a delay, I suppose, of at least 3 months, hopefully even longer... My MFK was due on March.
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Not a problem necessarily, but in Basel MKF should be done every two years (to my knowledge).
It (usually) depends on the age of the car. The interval for inspections ranges from two to five years. Three of our vehicles have been called in for inspection in the last couple of months. One is 21 years old and was last inspected about two years ago; another is from 2013 and this was the first inspection since I bought it about four years ago; and the third is eight years old, last inspected about four years ago, I think. Another vehicle is a 2013 model, last inspected in 2015 with no further inspections requested since then. Go figure...

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Don't worry, the mfk station in MŁnchenstein is operational again
The MFP has been open for quite a while. I'm not sure if it closed, but if it did, it couldn't have been for long.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Thanks everyone for the replies. Mine is 11 years old. I guess they will send something out in the next months.

The only reason I was asking is because I thought that it is a problem to drive with more than 2 years old MFK stamp in Basel-stadt. But I guess it is not the case?
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The only reason I was asking is because I thought that it is a problem to drive with more than 2 years old MFK stamp in Basel-stadt. But I guess it is not the case?
It is no problem whatsoever, MFK does not expire here.

My personal record is 14 years!

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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Has the policy changed recently ?
My second pass failed. I changed all the parts they asked for. I had it checked by 2 garages after the first test and both told me that the car is completely fine. I had the parts Changed anyway and the second test failed again, despite all the fixes I have had done (I even brought and showed the receipts but the guy did not care. The parts are new and visible).

I also noticed all the other guys queuing were having their car rejected and were complaining...
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Old 10.07.2020, 18:31
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Has the policy changed recently ?
My second pass failed. I changed all the parts they asked for. I had it checked by 2 garages after the first test and both told me that the car is completely fine. I had the parts Changed anyway and the second test failed again, despite all the fixes I have had done (I even brought and showed the receipts but the guy did not care. The parts are new and visible).

I also noticed all the other guys queuing were having their car rejected and were complaining...
Why did it fail?
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Why did it fail?
My question too. The answer is simple; it's there in writing in the letter detailing the faults to be rectified that you were given after the second test.
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Initial failure: Crack in the windshield.
Guy replaces: Tyre, hub caps, springs, lights, scratched bumper, and empties ashtray.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Handbrake tuning, light tuning, replacement of the brake hose.i had it done by a garage but the examiner said it was not done. I was Also asked to have the rust on the brake discs scrapped. Instead I had all discs+pads changed and he says there is still rust (the parts are 1 week and 200km old...)
I never had an issue in the past thatís why Iím really surprised by their attitude now (towards me and the others drivers). On the 1st visit the guy said he could not open the hood. I opened it effortless right after.
Iím taking it to another garage. The car passed the test in another canton but they say they donít care. Iím thinking of registering the car in the other canton but i only have second residence there. Do you know if thatís possible ?
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Old 11.07.2020, 13:32
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

If you have a bill for the work that was required, it should satisfy the Sva folks. Otherwise you need to return to your mechanic and complain the job wasnít done properly. Also, find out which part of the brakes is still too rusty. I canít imagine new discs getting rusty after a week. Is it the calipers? If so they need to be cleaned.

All this sounds rather clear. I doubt the Sva policy has changed such that theyíre just randomly failing people without clear explanation. If so, ask to speak to someone higher up and see what they have to say about it.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Next test If it falls they will remove plates from your car and you will need to tow it.

Give the second report to the garage that did the work and ask them to do the MFK for you
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Handbrake tuning, light tuning, replacement of the brake hose.i had it done by a garage but the examiner said it was not done. I was Also asked to have the rust on the brake discs scrapped. Instead I had all discs+pads changed and he says there is still rust (the parts are 1 week and 200km old...)
I never had an issue in the past thatís why Iím really surprised by their attitude now (towards me and the others drivers). On the 1st visit the guy said he could not open the hood. I opened it effortless right after.
Iím taking it to another garage. The car passed the test in another canton but they say they donít care. Iím thinking of registering the car in the other canton but i only have second residence there. Do you know if thatís possible ?
Car make and model and year?
Test centre? Albisguetli??
I had my 2013 GTI 80,000kms pass itĎs first test last month at Hinwil without problem...
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It (usually) depends on the age of the car. The interval for inspections ranges from two to five years. Three of our vehicles have been called in for inspection in the last couple of months. One is 21 years old and was last inspected about two years ago; another is from 2013 and this was the first inspection since I bought it about four years ago; and the third is eight years old, last inspected about four years ago, I think. Another vehicle is a 2013 model, last inspected in 2015 with no further inspections requested since then. Go figure...


The MFP has been open for quite a while. I'm not sure if it closed, but if it did, it couldn't have been for long.
Basel closed office functions (tho you could do most of it over mail), I do not know if they also closed the MFK test station, ZŁrich closed the MFK station completely.

All of this Mid-March, they are now all open but I have no clue when they re-opened again.

EDIT: Did not notice I replied to an older posting.
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They are open again. Just postponed my appointment for July.
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Handbrake tuning, light tuning, replacement of the brake hose.i had it done by a garage but the examiner said it was not done. I was Also asked to have the rust on the brake discs scrapped. Instead I had all discs+pads changed and he says there is still rust (the parts are 1 week and 200km old...)
I never had an issue in the past thatís why Iím really surprised by their attitude now (towards me and the others drivers). On the 1st visit the guy said he could not open the hood. I opened it effortless right after.
Iím taking it to another garage. The car passed the test in another canton but they say they donít care. Iím thinking of registering the car in the other canton but i only have second residence there. Do you know if thatís possible ?
No, the car needs to be tested by the Canton in which it's registered, which is where you are registered, i.e. your primary residence.

As for your problem, it's almost laughable to think that they're failing it for no good reason. You also seem to be very unclear with your descriptions, although perhaps it's just the English that's failing you, but handbrake or headlight "tuning" aren't a thing. Presumably you just mean adjustment? And if there's some rust on the brake parts then the tester should have been able to show it to you, and clearly it wasn't on the hose itself, so why was that changed?

It sounds to me more like your garage has either ripped you off or not understood the work that needed doing; what language have you been communicating in, and is it possible that you've just not understood yourself and/or explained to them clearly what needed doing?

Either way going to another garage sounds like a plan, and trying to take some action against the first one if they were actually incompetent.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Yes, adjustments. There was a differential between left and right which was fixed but the stroke of the handbrake was the issue. He explained that the vehicle should stop after 3 "clicks". Mine was still too long.
I don't know what's wrong for the headlights adkustment. The hose was "changed" because the 1st visit said it was damaged. I had the new part sealed, in my hand, but apparently it did not end up on my car... and as for the rust, the first visit mentionned the discs, now i'm not sure.
There is clearly a communication issue. The technicians at the STVA just tick boxes and do not explain more than that. I have my car fixed in the french part because most garages are close during weekends and I work in the french part. Now I have 14 days to bring it back, but i'm lucky, i'm going abroad for 14 day so I can't complain to the garage.
And for background, I have done mechanics training and fixed many cars. The 2 garages told me that the car is perfectly fine and that they see cars in much worse condition pass the test. It's quite obvious that the test is not 100% objective and I'm completely fine with it. I was just wondering if there was a change in their politics. I have friends working in traffic management and they are quite clear that their priority is not to make traffic as smooth as possible but make drivers' lifes difficult to discourage driving. Environmentalists (and dealers) are also very happy to have you replace your old car.
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