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I am expecting "invitations" for the MFK of my car & bike soon. As I will be changing my residence address (other city within the canton of ZH), I was wondering I am allowed to go for the test in the Strassenverkehrsamt in my "old" town?



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Don't hold your breath waiting, I bought a motorbike on the forum & expected to be called immediately, I finally got a test booked 22 months later.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

I have a fairly specific question that I couldn't find an answer for by searching. I have a US spec car that I imported into Germany and converted to pass TüV, the German equivalent of the MFK. I now have all of the required German paperwork, including emissions certificates and its most recent inspection was last winter. (Despite being 10 years old, it passed easily; the car's in good shape and has been well-maintained.)

Now I'm moving to Switzerland. Does anyone have experience with importing a Euro-converted, US-spec car into Switzerland as household goods? My research leads me to suspect that the modifications I made in Germany should be valid in Switzerland as well. Similarly the paperwork (e.g. emissions values) should be easily transferrable into Swiss paperwork. But I don't really know that. And I'm wary of huge hidden costs involved.

I'd like to keep my car another couple of years before getting a new one. This is partly because it still runs well with no problems (the environmentally friendly thing to do is keep the old one going), partly because I'd like to wait for some of the drivetrain technologies that are starting to come out in the new models, and partly because I'd like to have a chance to build some credit in Switzerland before needing any kind of loan. But at the same time rebuilding my car again at a cost of 6000 CHF is not really cost-effective; 1000 CHF may be around my cutoff point.

So that's my dilemma. Does anyone with any experience with car registration/MFK have any thoughts?
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Old 21.04.2014, 14:19
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

As you are bringing it from a EU country as part of your household goods, and it is compliant for that country, it should be no problem.

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As you are bringing it from a EU country as part of your household goods, and it is compliant for that country, it should be no problem.

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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

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You can ask for a test any time or place you wish.
Don't hold your breath waiting, I bought a motorbike on the forum & expected to be called immediately, I finally got a test booked 22 months later.
Thanks! good to know
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Old 21.04.2014, 15:39
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I have a fairly specific question that I couldn't find an answer for by searching. I have a US spec car that I imported into Germany and converted to pass TüV, the German equivalent of the MFK. I now have all of the required German paperwork, including emissions certificates and its most recent inspection was last winter. (Despite being 10 years old, it passed easily; the car's in good shape and has been well-maintained.)

Now I'm moving to Switzerland. Does anyone have experience with importing a Euro-converted, US-spec car into Switzerland as household goods? My research leads me to suspect that the modifications I made in Germany should be valid in Switzerland as well. Similarly the paperwork (e.g. emissions values) should be easily transferrable into Swiss paperwork. But I don't really know that. And I'm wary of huge hidden costs involved.

I'd like to keep my car another couple of years before getting a new one. This is partly because it still runs well with no problems (the environmentally friendly thing to do is keep the old one going), partly because I'd like to wait for some of the drivetrain technologies that are starting to come out in the new models, and partly because I'd like to have a chance to build some credit in Switzerland before needing any kind of loan. But at the same time rebuilding my car again at a cost of 6000 CHF is not really cost-effective; 1000 CHF may be around my cutoff point.

So that's my dilemma. Does anyone with any experience with car registration/MFK have any thoughts?
There is a member on here (DRMOM) who did what you are proposing to do I believe and from what I recall there weren't any issues.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Did anyone else have the first MFK due only after seven years?

Everywhere I check, I read:
  1. After 4 years
  2. Three years thereafter

http://www.tcs.ch/de/auto-mobilitaet...chpruefung.php

So I got worried I long missed the date (for one of my cars from 2007) and I just called the Strassenverkehrsamt ZH and they told me, no it is only due later this year.
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Old 19.05.2014, 17:27
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Did anyone else have the first MFK due only after seven years?

Everywhere I check, I read:
  1. After 4 years
  2. Three years thereafter

http://www.tcs.ch/de/auto-mobilitaet...chpruefung.php

So I got worried I long missed the date (for one of my cars from 2007) and I just called the Strassenverkehrsamt ZH and they told me, no it is only due later this year.
It's due when they invite you, it varies. I waited 5 years till the car was called in, the car was then 14 years old and 260,000km it passed even with a dodgy handbrake
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Hi all - interesting thread, have just been called for our first MFK since we own the car, is 2004 car but our first MFK.

Our thinking is we do the obvious stuff; engine / car clean, lights, wipers, brakes, tyres and just put it in to see what happens. Am I right in saying that in most cases if it fails and it's nothing dangerous / unsafe you simply get some time to fix it and do the retest? If so, do you pay the same fee a 2nd time for the retest?

2nd question - our car is due the Abgas re-test end of July but saw the news about the OBD exemption; where if car has On-board Diagnosis it can be exempt from the Abgas. How do you know if the car has one of these or not; 2004 ford focus petrol.

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. . .
2nd question - our car is due the Abgas re-test end of July but saw the news about the OBD exemption; where if car has On-board Diagnosis it can be exempt from the Abgas. How do you know if the car has one of these or not; 2004 ford focus petrol.
. . .
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http://www.tcs.ch/de/auto-mobilitaet...gaswartung.php

Fahrzeugausweis unter Punkt 72 «Emissionscode» den Vermerk «B03», «B04» oder höher haben.

If it's a petrol engine:
Registration document , item 72 , Emission code B03, B04 or better.
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Hi all - interesting thread, have just been called for our first MFK since we own the car, is 2004 car but our first MFK.



Our thinking is we do the obvious stuff; engine / car clean, lights, wipers, brakes, tyres and just put it in to see what happens. Am I right in saying that in most cases if it fails and it's nothing dangerous / unsafe you simply get some time to fix it and do the retest? If so, do you pay the same fee a 2nd time for the retest?



2nd question - our car is due the Abgas re-test end of July but saw the news about the OBD exemption; where if car has On-board Diagnosis it can be exempt from the Abgas. How do you know if the car has one of these or not; 2004 ford focus petrol.



Thanks

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You have 3 weeks to fix any problems.

Look in the car papers for OBD 3 or higher , probably OBD 4 by 2004
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2nd question - our car is due the Abgas re-test end of July but saw the news about the OBD exemption; where if car has On-board Diagnosis it can be exempt from the Abgas. How do you know if the car has one of these or not; 2004 ford focus petrol.

Thanks
G

There are 2 things to check, OBD alone is not sufficient: (a) if the emissions code is lower than the requirement; and (b) if your car has OBD. For (a) you get it from the grey card; for (b) just look on the current Abgas booklet: it should say on the front cover (there were different booklets for OBD and non-OBD vehicles).
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There is 1 thing to check, (a) if the emissions code is lower than the requirement; For (a) you get it from the grey card;
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http://www.news.admin.ch/NSBSubscrib...ents/28897.pdf

Unless your car is havier than 3500 kg, then you have to additionaly check the date of first registration.
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FTFY

http://www.news.admin.ch/NSBSubscrib...ents/28897.pdf

Unless your car is havier than 3500 kg, then you have to additionaly check the date of first registration.


Well, the OP asked about a CAR. There is no "car" heavier than 3500kg.

Over 3500kg is a TRUCK , ie,. you cannot drive it with a normal B 'car' drivers license. For that you need a extra D category, which is rare unless you are a pro trucker.. In which case I think the OP would have at least mentioned.
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My car passed the MFK today! I'm so proud of it!
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Well, the OP asked about a CAR. There is no "car" heavier than 3500kg.

Over 3500kg is a TRUCK , ie,. you cannot drive it with a normal B 'car' drivers license. For that you need a extra D category, which is rare unless you are a pro trucker.. In which case I think the OP would have at least mentioned.
This can be called a truck, but I would not call this one a truck.
PS: Both would need only a full C1/D1 license, but in the second case you normaly do not care as a owner.
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Well, the OP asked about a CAR. There is no "car" heavier than 3500kg.
Wrong.

1934 Maybach Zeppelin, 3545kg.

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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Doesn't the law state somewhere that cars with an OBD (a connection for the On board Diagnostic tester) are excused the emissions test provided they have been regularly serviced?

It doesn't help to just have the OBD in place, it has to be operated and diagnosed, and the garage then stamps and signs the service card, implying the engine is running correctly.

I would assume if you drive a car without it being officially serviced, you could be in trouble. Does anybody know the situation?

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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

We had a car with tyres we had bought in France, after that was seen by the expert , we got a THOUROUGH examination
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What?????? And how would they know u bought them in france? Did u show the invoice?
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