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Foreign licence plate with B-permit?

Hi, I am new here, and I finally decided to become a member as I couldn't find the answer to my question.

Here's the thing, I could get a good deal on a car leasing in my home country, meaning that I would drive a foreign registered car in Switzerland, although I have a B-permit. Is this allowed?

When I moved to Switzerland I paid Chf 20 to "register" my foreign registered car into the system here, but I was only allowed to have the car for a year or two, then I would have to import it or sell it in my home country ( I sold it back in my home country this summer and I now own a Swiss registered car).

So my question is if it would be possible to do a simular thing now with a foregin registered car, or if that possibility only existed when I moved to Switzerland (in Nov 2006).

Can anyone help out? Thanks in advance!
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Old 07.02.2008, 21:15
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Re: Foreign licens plate with B-permit?

This has been covered somewhere else. But the short answer is no you can not do it. The time you are allowed to have a foreign registered car is based on when you enter the country, not based on when the car enters the country.
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What if the car was registered to someone in my family, would it be illegal for me to drive someone else foreign registered car in Switzerland? Or is there any other way to get around this problem?
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Re: Foreign licens plate with B-permit?

Hello,

Maybe you can help me a bit. Where should I pay the tax that you have mentioned int the first message ?

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Re: Foreign licens plate with B-permit?

I dealt with this matter at the border, in one of the toll houses.
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Re: Foreign licens plate with B-permit?

I had a similar problem: wanted to by a car in Germany a few weeks after I moved to Switzerland. Actually, not because it was cheaper (because it was not!) but because of the advantage of my mother tongue ;-) there.
The answer to your question is easy: in case you donīt own the car at least 3 month before moving to Switzerland you have to import the car. Meaning you have to pay sales tax and custom fees. Usually, itīs not worth the effort and time it costs.
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What if the car was registered to someone in my family, would it be illegal for me to drive someone else foreign registered car in Switzerland? Or is there any other way to get around this problem?

Hi all,
does anybody know the answer to this question?
I am moving to Lausanne and I have the possibility to buy a used car from my home country or to use the one of my mother for some time and then buy a new on in Switzerland.

Do I have to register the car if belongs to my mother?
If it belongs to me (from less then 3 months, value 2300 eur), do I have to register right away?
Do I have to pay the custom fees and the sales tax?

Thanks in advance
GP
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Does anyone know the answer? I have exactly the same question
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What if the car was registered to someone in my family, would it be illegal for me to drive someone else foreign registered car in Switzerland? Or is there any other way to get around this problem?
does anybody know the answer to this question?
I am moving to Lausanne and I have the possibility to buy a used car from my home country or to use the one of my mother for some time and then buy a new on in Switzerland.

Do I have to register the car if belongs to my mother?
Not striclty legal, even if in practice you may get away with this for a while, on the premis that you're just "borrowing" your mum's car (I'm assuming it's not already Swiss registered). But if you're stopped in it more than once or twice, and recognised, you will be in trouble, doubly so for lying to them the first time(s). To the Swiss authorities, "getting round the rules" is the same as "performing an illegal act".
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Re: Foreign licence plate with B-permit?

one of my colleague was (I think is still) doing the same (kept his EU plate while working in Switzerland); about a week ago he was stopped at border and his car info registered with border police; he knows that it is time to change now since next time they stop him at the border he will be in trouble.
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