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Re: Towbar installation in Germany

Summary of my experience...

Last week, I had my towbar installed at a Volvo dealer in Germany, came in at CHF1000 all-in. The nearest CH-quote I received was at least CHF 700 more, so for me worth the trip across.

Today brought the car to StVA Hinwil, no appointment required, just appear at the designated time slot. Guy at the counter took the Fahrzeugausweis, told me to line up the car at the back.

First up was electrical check, he connected 'lights' to my 13-pin outlet and checked brake/indicator/fog/reverse lights. Next was mechanical, car was raised up, he looked under at the installation points and the wire harness. He noted the numbers in the towbar label for weight limits and that's it, all these took at most 10mins. Went back out to the counter, paid my dues, and got my 'brand new' Fahrzeugausweis.

I had with me the Rechnung from the dealer that installed the towbar (in case asked for), but no mention of it. Checker didn't even ask who did the installation. No Zertifizieung/CoC doc requested either.

Pretty straight-forward process...
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Re: Towbar installation in Germany

Ordered mine at Amazon.de and picked up in a paketshop in Germany (150 euro inc. shipping).
Installed it myself in a Skoda Octavia 2012. It is not so difficult but takes quite a lot (4-5h) since you have to find out how to diasemble the bumper and internal trim and find the right wires to connect the electrics for the connector.
Went to the trafic office in Winterthur, no appointment needed. They connected a tester to the 13pin connector and checked the lights (only brake and blinkers).
No mechanical check so far they only checked the papers that came with the bar.
Everything went fine and Igot printed out a new circulation permit.
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Old 22.11.2017, 11:01
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Re: Towbar installation in Germany

Has anybody based in SG had a towbar fitted?

I can get it done near Zurich for about 1100 CHF (towbar, fitting, 100 CHF for "coding" the car ).

But then I need the inspection - SG has this system where the garages are approved to certify it and you just send off the papers, but the cheapest price I've found nearby is 1800 CHF .

If the garage isn't certified, you need to take it to the testing station - but when I asked how this worked they told me:

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Die Anhängevorrichtung muss vor der Weiterverwendung des Fahrzeuges geprüft werden.
How on earth can you get to the test without driving the vehicle?

I'm not sure if this is a mistake (maybe they mean before you use the towbar), or just protection for the St Gallen garages...
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Re: Towbar installation in Germany

I did the installation myself at home (so no certified garage...). And then asked at the Wintethur trafic office and they told me to go there without apointment (only in the time slot for car modifications check).
I would guess what they mean is you can not use the car to tow until is not checked...
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I did the installation myself at home (so no certified garage...). And then asked at the Wintethur trafic office and they told me to go there without apointment (only in the time slot for car modifications check).
I would guess what they mean is you can not use the car to tow until is not checked...
The rules vary by canton - Zurich doesn't have the option for garage based inspection either.
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Re: Towbar installation in Germany

Anyone had a towbar fitted in ZH recently? I'm finding prices quite high for a 2011 Nissan qashqai...

this would be supply and fit .
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Anyone had a towbar fitted in ZH recently? I'm finding prices quite high for a 2011 Nissan qashqai...

this would be supply and fit .
I suggest you go over the border... a DE garage will get it done at least SFr500 cheaper than any CH-quote. If it's a Nissan garage or someone who's done it before, it will take them approx 2-3 hours, so you can wait
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Re: Towbar installation in Germany

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Anyone had a towbar fitted in ZH recently? I'm finding prices quite high for a 2011 Nissan qashqai...

this would be supply and fit .
They are not that hard to fit but wiring can be a bit of a PITA.

Easy option here if their hourly rate is okay.
https://www.tutti.ch/de/vi/aargau/fa...qai-2/26170901
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