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Old 20.03.2017, 14:16
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Moving to Switzerland with the Car

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I will finally be moving to Switzerland, and I have a couple of questions about the car... Problem is I just bought a car from UK and Im shipping it here to Spain (I didnt knew at the time that I would get the job...), thing is, which option should I opt to:

1.- Import it to Spain and then move with the car to Switzerland, if so, how much time would I have to register it in Switzerland? or should be inmediatly on the border?

2.- If I decided to tow it to Switzerland and Import it there, how would be the import? (since it would have the UK plates of the previous owner, and I would have the recipt only...), would I have to tow it to somewhere where they can test it or something later?


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You missed the third option... Sell it before you get here.

Lots of threads on here about importing UK cars to CH. Almost all of them say... Don't bother. Unless you are a masochist with deep pockets.

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Old 21.03.2017, 12:10
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You missed the third option... Sell it before you get here.

Lots of threads on here about importing UK cars to CH. Almost all of them say... Don't bother. Unless you are a masochist with deep pockets.

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Thanks, but i just bought it , also, dont have that much time to sell it either
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Old 21.03.2017, 12:44
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You missed the third option... Sell it before you get here.

Lots of threads on here about importing UK cars to CH. Almost all of them say... Don't bother. Unless you are a masochist with deep pockets.

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This would be by far the easiest option in my opinion.
Since the OP will have owned the car for less than 6 months he will be liable for import taxes.
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Old 21.03.2017, 14:08
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This would be by far the easiest option in my opinion.
Since the OP will have owned the car for less than 6 months he will be liable for import taxes.
Yes, I know... would be the easiest one... As far as I know I would have to pay 12% of the car based on the bill, and then some other fixed taxes

What I would like to know is if I import it here, how much time would i have in order to import it to Switzerland? or it has to be instantly?
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Old 21.03.2017, 14:12
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Yes, I know... would be the easiest one... As far as I know I would have to pay 12% of the car based on the bill, and then some other fixed taxes

What I would like to know is if I import it here, how much time would i have in order to import it to Switzerland? or it has to be instantly?
If you import it as part of your move you have one year from the date you import it to register it in Switzerland. However it must be registered, taxed and insured somewhere ( usually in the country you import it from) and finding an insurer to insure a UK registered car which will be outside the country for more than three months will not be easy.
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If you import it as part of your move you have one year from the date you import it to register it in Switzerland. However it must be registered, taxed and insured somewhere ( usually in the country you import it from) and finding an insurer to insure a UK registered car which will be outside the country for more than three months will not be easy.
It would be registred here in Spain, with a Spanish Insurance
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Old 21.03.2017, 14:30
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It would be registred here in Spain, with a Spanish Insurance
I would check out insurance possibilities first. Insuring a car that will be driven continuously for more than 3 months in another country will not be easy especially if you are no longer resident there.

Why would you import it to Spain and the immediately export it to Switzerland? That doesn't make much sense to me as you'll just be incurring extra costs.
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Old 21.03.2017, 14:37
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I would check out insurance possibilities first. Insuring a car that will be driven continuously for more than 3 months in another country will not be easy especially if you are no longer resident there.

Why would you import it to Spain and the immediately export it to Switzerland? That doesn't make much sense to me as you'll just be incurring extra costs.
Yes, I know... but there are a couple of reasons about that, first of all, cost less to just drive it there than to tow it there... second, I can fit more stuff on a car and use it for the move and third, the car that I have now is quite terrible, and i have to drive something more reliable... thats why I took it as an option

Anyway, the idea would be to import it the second or third month of being there, of course I will check on the insruance since I would have to even change plates here for the export...

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Old 21.03.2017, 14:42
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Yes, I know... but there are a couple of reasons about that, first of all, cost less to just drive it there than to tow it there... second, I can fit more stuff on a car and use it for the move and third, the car that I have now is quite terrible, and i have to drive something more reliable... thats why I took it as an option

Anyway, the idea would be to import it the second or third month of being there, of course I will check on the insruance since I would have to even change plates here for the export...

BTW, thanks Belgianmum for your help!
But surely "drive it via Spain" is adequate; you don't need to actually import it while in Spain?

The only limitation would be any rules from your UK insurance or in Spain about how long you can do that. The Swiss aren't going to care if you did a Grand Tour on your way over from UK.
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But surely "drive it via Spain" is adequate; you don't need to actually import it while in Spain?

The only limitation would be any rules from your UK insurance or in Spain about how long you can do that. The Swiss aren't going to care if you did a Grand Tour on your way over from UK.
The insruance would be from Spain, then wouldnt be a problem to import it later to Switzerland, as long as the actual insruance covers me there?

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The insruance would be from Spain, then wouldnt be a problem to import it later to Switzerland, as long as the actual insruance covers me there?

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Why get insurance in Spain at all? Just extend your UK insurance to cover it.

Otherwise you probably would need to get Spanish plates in order to get Spanish insurance.

Same when you get to Switzerland - get your UK insurance to cover it until you've done the import and plates change, then you switch to Swiss insurance.
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Why get insurance in Spain at all? Just extend your UK insurance to cover it.

Otherwise you probably would need to get Spanish plates in order to get Spanish insurance.

Same when you get to Switzerland - get your UK insurance to cover it until you've done the import and plates change, then you switch to Swiss insurance.
Problem is that I live in Spain, and I bought the car from Uk, it doesnt have any insurance at the moment, and I would have to hire an insurance from here
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Problem is that I live in Spain, and I bought the car from Uk, it doesnt have any insurance at the moment, and I would have to hire an insurance from here
Ah ok; so you can't get UK insurance without a UK address.

Bummer
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Ah ok; so you can't get UK insurance without a UK address.

Bummer
Yup... if imported the car like that, straight to Switzerland, I would have to tow it to Switzerland, and then how would be the process? Would I have to tow it to some place where they can test it or something?
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Yup... if imported the car like that, straight to Switzerland, I would have to tow it to Switzerland, and then how would be the process? Would I have to tow it to some place where they can test it or something?
Separate points.

1. Declare it at customs on the way through, make sure it is classed as household relocation.

Drive it on Spanish insurance for (I think) up to six months?? There are loads of threads on that bit.

2. Contact the traffic department of the canton you move to and ask to get Swiss plates; they set up the necessary appointment for inspection, to which you can still drive on your Spanish setup. When you get the Swiss registration & plates you also have to get Swiss insurance.
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Garage or temporary plates.

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Yup... if imported the car like that, straight to Switzerland, I would have to tow it to Switzerland, and then how would be the process? Would I have to tow it to some place where they can test it or something?
If the car needs mods (headlamps) and you have a garage do the work then just get them to do the MFK as well.

If you've already changed the lamps, then you can get Tagesschilder. Tagesschilder are available here in Zurich for 24, 48, 72, and 96 hours (78.50 - 136.50CHF) and that includes insurance.

The PDF form in German is here:

https://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/sich...TAAW201605.pdf

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Yup... if imported the car like that, straight to Switzerland, I would have to tow it to Switzerland, and then how would be the process? Would I have to tow it to some place where they can test it or something?
You may be able to get temporary registration, bring the car to Switzerland and register it here. Not sure how the insurance would work but there must be a way around it somehow.

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...es--cars-.html


Or you could use a car importer. It may work out cheaper and easier in the long run.
Sonebody like this maybe?

http://www.autociel.ch/?dispatch=pages.view&page_id=29
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Re: Moving to Switzerland with the Car

Thanks guys!!!

@Belgianmum, I just drop them an email to know how much would they charge me for importing it

Also @JagWaugh I take your advice, if the guys of the import doesnt do it, I will take it to the garage to do the test and so on... I think on the xenon cars the xenons are pointing always to the front, at least thats what i heard

@st2lemans temporary plates sounds great! I guess they give them faster than the final ones, which is aweosome for using the car around meanwhile
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