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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

I plan to buy the car and register it in CH, and have done a lot research on the matter, but I don't want to do it immediately, with good reasons that I don't need to go into here. Thus was the question of whether I can drive on US plates for a period of time (< 12 months) and then register it, as if it were a tourist car etc. It is actually exactly what has been done by thousands of brit's coming across in UK cars, except for two factors: that they were not registered here (yet) and the exact ownership of the car. Those questions I had have been answered, thanks to some for the helpful clarification.
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

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Be that as it may, moving in a new country can be quite a transition, and during said transition you might need some time to get some things straight. One of those is car(s).
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Yes importation is quite straight forward and the customs people are quite friendly and helpful (I speak for the Como border and for the Zurich office in Europabrucke that I have experience with). But some people need the time to realise what they're going to do with the cars they currently have, and straighten out whatever other thing they have.
The custom people are even so friendly to list all the procedures and forms you need for moving on their website. In plain English:
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
with a subsection on cars:
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
and on horses and pets
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

I am trying to find the right answer amongst all these posts but it seems to have gotten complicated. I am an EU citizen planning to move to Switzerland next month and look for a job. I am about to buy a car and wanted to drive it over there. Can anyone answer my questions / confirm what I think?

-When do I need to declare my vehicle? I understand that this is done once I find a job and become a resident (which I am not yet)? Until I become a resident am I free to drive with my EU license on my EU plates?

-How long can I drive with my EU license on the EU plates? From what I gathered I have a year to change my license and my plates after I declare my vehicle?

Many thanks.
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

you buy it now then you will pay duty on it when you move here. I would recommend against that.....you need to have owned it six months when you move here.
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

No need to be rude about it.

Let's assume I plan to move it once I have owned it for 6 months in which case I do not need to pay additional tax, as it will count as my own property. Can anyone clearly answer my previous questions with this assumption?
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

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No need to be rude about it.

Let's assume I plan to move it once I have owned it for 6 months in which case I do not need to pay additional tax, as it will count as my own property. Can anyone clearly answer my previous questions with this assumption?
Would go from your date of registration as a person in Switzerland. To avoid the Swiss tax you need to own it 6 months before you enter and declare it as household goods at the border or inland customs = exempt.

Read this

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

Right hand side of page

Fact Sheet "Putting private motor vehicles and trailers into free circulation"

Section 4.3

Migrants' household effects are assessed as duty-free.
The vehicles of immigrants are considered household effects if they were used for their own personal use or for their job or for the pursuit of a trade for at least six months abroad and are destined for their own use in the customs area
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

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No need to be rude about it.

Let's assume I plan to move it once I have owned it for 6 months in which case I do not need to pay additional tax, as it will count as my own property. Can anyone clearly answer my previous questions with this assumption?
You think that was rude - boy you need to toughen up!!

You need to own the car for at least 6 months BEFORE the "First entered Switzerland" date on your permit
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

because that question hasn't been answered a million times before on here
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

That's the thing. People were writing and writing about different things but no one gave exact answers to the question, at least not that I could find and well it's a little hard to read through all the comments when people are going off topic.

All I want is a number it's as simple as that (1 year, 2 months? how long can you drive on your eu plates with an eu license before you have to exchange the plates?)
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

scroll to the bottom of this page and click on one of the previous threads
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Well many thanks that's all I wanted to know!
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All I want is a number it's as simple as that (1 year, 2 months? how long can you drive on your eu plates with an eu license before you have to exchange the plates?)
You are asking the wrong question.
Your driving license has nothing to do with your licenses plates.
Does are two completely separate things. The only thing they have in common is the word 'licenses' and that there are some obligations and procedures if you are or intend to become a resident. But does procedure are completely different and not connected with each other. Thats why nobody can answer your question.

For car import and license plate exchange see links provided by me and cata1yst.
For driving license see [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Once again, no connection between plates and driving license.
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German plate car with Swiss driving license

Hi,

is it possible to have and use a car with German plate in Switzerland, having a Swiss driving license and living in Switzerland?

I mean, would be possible to keep the car with the German plate paying just the 8% VAT? I want to buy a car for track days and thus I want to do some changes to the car, such as increase power, increase brakes, new suspensions, etc.. and for some of these there are limitations that are really ridicoulus in Switzerland, so I prefer to have a German plate car, that I can tune as I like.

Thanks for any help.
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Hi,

is it possible to have and use a car with German plate in Switzerland, having a Swiss driving license and living in Switzerland?

I mean, would be possible to keep the car with the German plate paying just the 8% VAT? I want to buy a car for track days and thus I want to do some changes to the car, such as increase power, increase brakes, new suspensions, etc.. and for some of these there are limitations that are really ridicoulus in Switzerland, so I prefer to have a German plate car, that I can tune as I like.

Thanks for any help.
Seriously?????

You have been unable to find anything on the forum that would help you. If this topic has been discussed once it has been discussed a hundred times.
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Seriously?????

You have been unable to find anything on the forum that would help you. If this topic has been discussed once it has been discussed a hundred times.
It's one thing being too lazy to search the forum, but too lazy to search your own thread...
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It's one thing being too lazy to search the forum, but too lazy to search your own thread...
.. well actually I read the entire forum and there is not a very clear answer to my precise question. Maybe I was not very clear, or maybe you just didn't read it careful. Anyway, let me try again.

First of all, my question is not to evade taxes in Switzerland. The issue arise because I want to make use of my car on track days in Europe (Germany, France, Italy), and to do so I need to perform some changes to the car: better brakes, lower suspensions, etc.. in particular BRAKES are very very important.

Now the problem is that Switzerland does not accept TUV certificates, so a brake that is legal in the entire Europe is not legal here, EVEN IF IT IS SAFER AND STRONGER. The STVK says that I need a DTC or FAKT, that is a certificate valid only here, and that might cost 12.000 CHF (not exagerating).

Now, I understand that my car should be safe on the street, and I also understand that if I change something STVK has the right to see it and be aware about it. What I don't understand is why should I pay 12.000 CHF to install something that is CLEARLY safe and absolutely legal in ALL Europe.

So, given that, I am trying to see if there are ways to have a car with a EU plate so that I can avoid to have these issues with the STVK. In most places in the forum people just say no. OK - but for example what happens if I get a German car and I keep it in Germany for most of the time, using it only for track days? I can buy a Garage close to the border where to keep it and I can use it mainly in Germany. I will only need time to time to cross Switzerland for example to go in Italy, but this will be just a crossing, that meas the car will stay in the country for 4 hours maximum.

Another way maybe is to have a leasing in Germany. I think I cannot import a car that has a leasing in Germany, because the car is not mine - am I right? So this maybe can solve my problem.

In summary, any suggestion to what I can do to be able to have a car for track-days living in Switzerland and being able to drive it mainly in EU?

Thank you.
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

Of course, you can keep a car in Germany. You just wouldn't be able to drive it in/through Switzerland to go anywhere else if you have a Swiss driver's licence. People who have Swiss driver's licences aren't allowed to drive foreign plated vehicles here. So if you wanted to drive from Germany to Italy you'd have to go via Austria, not Switzerland.

You'd also have to declare it as part of your worldwide wealth on your Swiss tax return.
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Umm, trailer it to track days.

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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

another vote for not registering it for the road.

Heavily-modified cars need all the paperwork in order in Switzerland. Not using it on the street would be your best approach.
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another vote for not registering it for the road.

Heavily-modified cars need all the paperwork in order in Switzerland. Not using it on the street would be your best approach.
But in some track day they ask for plate number and insurance (even if we know that the insurance is useless in those cases). Also, would be much easy to move around Europe with the car (instead of two), having a EU plate.

I was thinking: what if I buy the car with Swiss plate, I heavily modify it (so becomes illegal), but I never drive it in Switzerland, only ouside? To move it outside and to bring it back I can use something like this:

http://www.autobelle.it/annunci/publ...1373552691.jpg
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