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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

I took the car for it's MFK in Basel this morning.

Very simple process, this is what happened.
1) received letter saying date and time of MFK
2) logged onto mfk website and changed the date and the time to 7am to ensure there were no queuing issues
3) printed the new form
4) arrived at MFK station and parked in the correct lane (they are numbered, and the appointment form has the number on it, PB2, PB4 etc)
5) walk to payment booth, give cashier appointment form and pay CHF60
6) she gives you the test inspection form
7) get back in car, man comes out, and beckons me to front (there was a taxi in front of me)
8) stop at the yellow line
9) get out of car and give the technician the inspection form from the cashier, the grey ownership form and the emissions booklet
10) go and sit down, they test the car
11) when it got to the end of the hall, he beckoned me to go to the exit, which is a side door by the entrance, outside are some bays and
some paperwork stations
12) they do a Dukes of Hazzard style lap of the building in the car
13) they come back, and in my case gave me the new ownership form with the new MFK date on it, I presume it could go the other way for
some people at this point

The whole process took less than 15 minutes, from arriving to departing.

And no, I didn't clean the car beforehand, but it had been serviced in August this year.

The only time there was any required communication was him telling me to stop at the yellow line and asking for the paperwork,
otherwise it was just pleasantries, so you don't need German at all.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

So they didnt ask you to sit in the car and wiggle the steering wheel while he was underneath?
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So they didnt ask you to sit in the car and wiggle the steering wheel while he was underneath?
That would be very unprofessional for the money you pay
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Old 25.11.2014, 18:34
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So they didnt ask you to sit in the car and wiggle the steering wheel while he was underneath?
No they didn't. He got a colleague to sit in the car for the lights and shortly after for the wiggling of the steering wheel.

I've a friend who speaks German, and they didn't ask him to do it either, so I'm not sure if it is a language thing or they only ask you to do that if they are busy, or if they trust you're not a muppet.

I forgot to mention, I also arrived 10 minutes early.
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So my MFK appointment is in two days, and this morning the front brake service light came on in my Audi A6. Does anyone know if they will even go forward with the test?

I can't get the car in to the garage before then and quite frankly, I don't want to have the brakes done and then get a laundry list of repairs that leaves the car not worth fixing as it has 200k km's and is 10yrs old. For example, the catalytic converters have surface rust, that depending on inspector, may or may not pass. If they insist on replacing those now, the car is junk as they are CHF 2k each.

Thanks.
By now you probably have been to the test. Anyway I hope you did. They are very good in testing brakes, suspension, etc and the light coming on does not say that the pads are failing. So their machines will test the brakes and give you a result. The car may pass or not. If it does not pass you change the pads and go back. Will cost you 30chf.

I do not get the people so stressed out for these tests. They are nice people and test your car on safety. Mandatory in many countries..
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By now you probably have been to the test. Anyway I hope you did. They are very good in testing brakes, suspension, etc and the light coming on does not say that the pads are failing. So their machines will test the brakes and give you a result. The car may pass or not. If it does not pass you change the pads and go back. Will cost you 300+chf.

I do not get the people so stressed out for these tests. They are nice people and test your car on safety. Mandatory in many countries..
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

the re-test will cost exactly 32 chf when you are in Valais or Vaud that is. Yes you have to repair the pads (but needed to that anyway)
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

I bought my car (2008 BMW) in Aug 2013 with a fresh MFK done by the car dealer, when should I expect the next MFK notice?
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I bought my car (2008 BMW) in Aug 2013 with a fresh MFK done by the car dealer, when should I expect the next MFK notice?
Anything up to five years was my experience when we lived there.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Hi Richard.
Thanks for your info. I have a car I am putting back on the road in Basel Stadt. It currently has no plates, no insurance and needs to go through the MFK newly. What is the sequence here. I understand I must have insurance for the MFK to be ok, but cannot insurance without plates etc. Car is not registered to me yet but I have the original document and need to register it. Any pointers, links on this would be very appreciated. Thanks.
Best, Richard
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Hi Richard.
Thanks for your info. I have a car I am putting back on the road in Basel Stadt. It currently has no plates, no insurance and needs to go through the MFK newly. What is the sequence here. I understand I must have insurance for the MFK to be ok, but cannot insurance without plates etc. Car is not registered to me yet but I have the original document and need to register it. Any pointers, links on this would be very appreciated. Thanks.
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You can get day plates that have insurance, get the test & then you can get your own insurance & plates.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

1) Get insurance

2) Get plates

3) Do MFK when they give you the appointment

4) In that order

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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Thanks Tom. Makes sense. I will do that. Best, Richard
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Get it on the temp plates. Thanks. Guess this is the registration authority or does the MFK place handle this?
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Why bother with temp plates?

Insure it, register it, and wait for the MFK invite.

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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Agreed. Sorry, was answering a post above which was not relevant. Thanks for your advice and I will actually do that. Best, Richard
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

You can get insurance using the Stammnummer of the car. You don't need plates for insurance but it's very likely the case you need plates to drive the car on the road.
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Thanks for your answer. Useful! Best Richard
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Re: Testing a Car (MFK)

Dear All,

I will take my test next 21st of June in Zurich.
My car will be a 2 years old car with 8000 km only.
Do you think I need to take it to a garage first?


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Dear All,

I will take my test next 21st of June in Zurich.
My car will be a 2 years old car with 8000 km only.
Do you think I need to take it to a garage first?


Claudio
No.

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