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Old 21.09.2009, 17:32
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Re: Buying new car from US? (now that $=Franc)

I have just been through he process of importing a car - in short - it is way more expensive an complicated than you can imagine (and I thought I researched this to death) - sure your car may be up to standards but the Swiss are going to make you pay to prove it. In the end it is still cheaper than buying here BUT this does not take into account the discount you may have to give to sell it when you are done.

If anyone wants the contact of people who do this for a living let me know.

Good luck !
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Old 21.09.2009, 18:23
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Re: Buying new car from US? (now that $=Franc)

http://www.uscarsbaar.com/index.htm This company imports car from the EU and USA.
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Old 21.09.2009, 18:39
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I have just been through he process of importing a car - in short - it is way more expensive an complicated than you can imagine (and I thought I researched this to death) - sure your car may be up to standards but the Swiss are going to make you pay to prove it. In the end it is still cheaper than buying here BUT this does not take into account the discount you may have to give to sell it when you are done.

If anyone wants the contact of people who do this for a living let me know.

Good luck !
What sort of saving did you achieve in the end of the day?

I looked at importing a new EU Audi which before all taxes and headaches was about 30% cheaper but once you add the import taxes etc, it was heading towards less than 15%.

The undefinable seemed to be what the Swiss service and warranty package was worth, 3 years/100,000km servicing and 10 years warrenty.

The same seems to apply to Mercedes which have a similar scheme running. I currently fancy the new E350 4Matic estate due out Q1 next year.

Most probably going to take my chances with haggling with the local BM garage and see if I can strike a deal.
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Old 22.09.2009, 11:31
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Re: Buying new car from US? (now that $=Franc)

My savings will depend on the day that I sell it - however - assuming a 15% discount on the sale price - my savings was around 20-25%

Still worth it but not the 40-50% savings that it initially seems... But this was a US car into CH - this is different if you are bringing a EU car - much easier as you should be able to get a document of EU conformity for "free" and pass the inspection without trouble, if you don't have this conformity than you can't even get an inspection date

My car did not have a warranty - so, if I were you, and considering a new car the warranty is probably worth the difference, though you could always drive the 50k to germany and have the service done there - I have no idea if the EU warranty is valid / not valid in CH ?

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What sort of saving did you achieve in the end of the day?

I looked at importing a new EU Audi which before all taxes and headaches was about 30% cheaper but once you add the import taxes etc, it was heading towards less than 15%.

The undefinable seemed to be what the Swiss service and warranty package was worth, 3 years/100,000km servicing and 10 years warrenty.

The same seems to apply to Mercedes which have a similar scheme running. I currently fancy the new E350 4Matic estate due out Q1 next year.

Most probably going to take my chances with haggling with the local BM garage and see if I can strike a deal.
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Old 22.09.2009, 11:58
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Re: Buying new car from US? (now that $=Franc)

The savings are not so great with an EU car, some advertise around 19% to 26% saving for example on Mercedes.

However you are then going to have to discount it when you sell it and there is no Swiss service package included either.

I quess because my short list of cars are not available until Q1 of next year I will start to look at things a bit closer then. Also the Geneva Motor Show looks promising as well.

I have looked at these people who offer to do the paperwork for you:

http://www.globalcartrading.ch/index

Will report back how I get on in the end
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Old 22.09.2009, 22:05
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Re: Buying new car from US? (now that $=Franc)

Luckyduck, was your US vehicle imported as part of your personal effects or was it brought in as a stand-alone import for an existing resident?

I ask because I'm trying to determine if the rules are different for the two situations. I keep hearing about certificates of conformity yet expats coming to CH never seem to mention them. I'm wondering if there are special importation rules [exemptions] for recent arrivals declaring a car on form 18.44.
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