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Importing car - proof of 6 months ownership?

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I am importing a vehicle from the US. I have owned the car for a year and a half. Therefor when importing the car, I should not have to pay sales tax. However, I don't have a "bill of sale" or a "purchase invoice" for the car. I do have the title, registration, and service records showing my name, the VIN, vehicle make, model, year, etc.

My question is: what types of documentation do the Swiss customs accept for proving 6 month ownership?

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Re: Importing car - proof of 6 months ownership?

I don't know for sure, but i imagine that if you have a registration in your name dating back more than 6 months as well as all records, it might work. However, you may want to be prepared with an answer about how you acquired the car. Was it a gift, etc. (i'm not asking you, but rather suggesting you prepare a response.)
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Hello.
I am importing a vehicle from the US. I have owned the car for a year and a half. Therefor when importing the car, I should not have to pay sales tax. However, I don't have a "bill of sale" or a "purchase invoice" for the car. I do have the title, registration, and service records showing my name, the VIN, vehicle make, model, year, etc.

My question is: what types of documentation do the Swiss customs accept for proving 6 month ownership?

Thanks.
Registration in your name for at least 6 months is all you need.
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Registration in your name for at least 6 months is all you need.
How about a situation when i have moved for example in october 2015, but have not brought any articles when i moved. Car is registered in EU country in August 2015. Will i get in in without taxes and fees if i bring it to Switzerland March 2016 as my moving article?
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How about a situation when i have moved for example in october 2015, but have not brought any articles when i moved. Car is registered in EU country in August 2015. Will i get in in without taxes and fees if i bring it to Switzerland March 2016 as my moving article?
Did you declare it when you moved in October 2015?

And did you own it 6 months prior to October 2015?

If either answer is 'no', then 'no'

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Did you declare it when you moved in October 2015?

And did you own it 6 months prior to October 2015?

If either answer is 'no', then 'no'

Tom

Thank you for your quick answer!
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How about a situation when i have moved for example in october 2015, but have not brought any articles when i moved. Car is registered in EU country in August 2015. Will i get in in without taxes and fees if i bring it to Switzerland March 2016 as my moving article?
You can bring a car in the first year of residence so not needed immediately. You must have owned it for at least 6 months prior to the move. You may write a statement yourself stating you owned the car more than 6 months if there is no other evidence.
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Did you declare it when you moved in October 2015?

And did you own it 6 months prior to October 2015?

If either answer is 'no', then 'no'

Tom

You don't have to declare everything on the original form but it very much helps your case if you you declare that you haven't declared everything. It's not unreasonable to move your life over to a new country over a period of time.

I believe that you also don't have to have owned the vehicle. Evidence that you've had permission to drive it and have been driving it for 6 months or more I believe is enough. ...but it might be a grey area.
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You don't have to declare everything on the original form but it very much helps your case if you you declare that you haven't declared everything. It's not unreasonable to move your life over to a new country over a period of time.

I believe that you also don't have to have owned the vehicle. Evidence that you've had permission to drive it and have been driving it for 6 months or more I believe is enough. ...but it might be a grey area.
Thank you. Just to be precise, is the 6 month period of ownership valid before the moment the car is brought to Switzerland OR the moment i have registered myself as swiss resident?
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Thank you. Just to be precise, is the 6 month period of ownership valid before the moment the car is brought to Switzerland OR the moment i have registered myself as swiss resident?
You have to have owned the car six months before you took up residence in Switzerland. That means six months before you registered at the commune.
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Re: Importing car - proof of 6 months ownership?

Ok I will be moving back to CH next year from NC USA. Have owned my 2015 FIAT Abarth for more than 6 months, so NO tax. So far so good. Question. is it possible to keep my NC license plate for up to 12 months??. Also I have NC Driving Licence AND swiss driving license. Also I am swiss national. The problem I see do not find a insurance company anywhere who will insure my FIAT with NC license plates. Any ideas?? Car will be brought over from the USA to CH by shipping company therefore myself will not be at the custom/border!
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Ok I will be moving back to CH next year from NC USA. Have owned my 2015 FIAT Abarth for more than 6 months, so NO tax. So far so good. Question. is it possible to keep my NC license plate for up to 12 months??. Also I have NC Driving Licence AND swiss driving license. Also I am swiss national. The problem I see do not find a insurance company anywhere who will insure my FIAT with NC license plates. Any ideas?? Car will be brought over from the USA to CH by shipping company therefore myself will not be at the custom/border!
I see US license plates every now and then . So there must be a solution.
Did you search the forum?

I don't want to presume about your financial situation, just a reminder: if you had a loan on the car it must be paid off in order to export it.
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is it possible to keep my NC license plate for up to 12 months??
Yes, provided that you can find insurance.

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if you had a loan on the car it must be paid off in order to export it.
Maybe.

I still owed a couple years on my bike when I brought it here, so it can be done.

I also rode it for nearly a year on CT plates.

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Re: Importing car - proof of 6 months ownership?

For driving the car on European roads with an US Plate you will need a Green Card Insurance. If you can not find any company offering this in the US you can also get the frontier insurance from any Swiss border post or customs office.
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...ing-hours.html

Cost is around CHF 100 per month (Third party liability only!).
https://www.nbi-ngf.ch/de/nvb/rechtl...nzversicherung
You can also get it in Italy
http://www.ucimi.it/en_US/polizze-di-frontiera/

Switching to Swiss plates is maybe cheaper.

Regarding your driving licenses: First and foremost it has nothing to do with your cars plate. As you already have a Swiss license you simply have to inform your local SAN/StVA (or in your case Camorino https://www4.ti.ch/index.php?id=16399) about the change of address within 14 days of taking up residency. Done. It is not explicitly stated in the law but it is logical that from that point on your US license is no longer valid for driving in Switzerland.
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Maybe.

I still owed a couple years on my bike when I brought it here, so it can be done.

I also rode it for nearly a year on CT plates.

Tom
Tom.... what year was that?

In modern times, you need a clear title for the shipping company to put it on the boat.

And if it's a new title transfer it could be problematic. I'll bet you paid less as well. If you can find me a shipping company that will take a bike with a new title, at a reasonable price, I will buy you dinner including a glass of water,
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Tom.... what year was that?

In modern times, you need a clear title for the shipping company to put it on the boat.
1986.

No title required, though I had one with no liens if needed.

Airfreight, not boat.

Paid less for what?

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Tom.... what year was that?

In modern times, you need a clear title for the shipping company to put it on the boat.

And if it's a new title transfer it could be problematic. I'll bet you paid less as well. If you can find me a shipping company that will take a bike with a new title, at a reasonable price, I will buy you dinner including a glass of water,
Really?

Our shipping company didn't ask for anything when we brought our car over with the rest of our stuff. Why would a car or bike be any different to the rest of your stuff - we didn't have to dig out receipts for our sofa or bed.
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In modern times, you need a clear title for the shipping company to put it on the boat.
What is a "clear title" . I understand what a car title is regarding the U.S. but when does it become "clear"?

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Our shipping company didn't ask for anything when we brought our car over with the rest of our stuff. Why would a car or bike be any different to the rest of your stuff - we didn't have to dig out receipts for our sofa or bed.
Shipped from the U.S.? In the U.S. the title serves as a proof of owner ship and a more or less complicated system was introduced to reduce car theft.
https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/tran...oofs-ownership
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/de...ists/ownership
You will need a title in you name or a similar document to export the vehicle
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...%20the%20title

With it comes some very whacky misunderstandings. See http://home.hiwaay.net/~becraft/MCOs.htm
EF has its own case https://www.englishforum.ch/business...r-license.html
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What is a "clear title" .
One with no liens listed.

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