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Old 28.06.2008, 14:00
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Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

Hi, i'm moving to Zurich area this Summer(from UK) and want to bring my car over to help with initial furniture purchases and moving in. Will probably take it back to England at Christmas and buy a (newer) used car in Switzerland next year. Is there a thread here somewhere explaining the rules and regulations of bringing my car over for a while? I have been searching but can't find what i need to know.
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Old 28.06.2008, 18:11
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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

you'll be fine, just ensure it is insured and taxed in the UK and you will have no problem. Green card would be a benefit but UK insurance will cover the basics.
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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

Did it myself that way.
Get insurance in England, most likely they will give you 90 days with your insurance, you need to ask them to give you more European cover upto Christmas, you will have to pay for this of course.
Get the little rubbishy things to put on your headlights, and make sure you carry your insurance docs. driving license etc. with you...o and stick the GB sticker on the back...its that easy.

You will of course realise how bloody awkward it is having a correct side drive car on the wrong side of the road....you will want to get rid of it before Christmas I bet, especially when you see how cheap 2nd hand cars here can be.
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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

It's certainly advisable to get a Green Card. See this for more information.
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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

sorry, I cant reply to your question, but I am looking for a right Hand Steering car, a friend needs it for her vacation home in Kenya. Do you want to sell yours? What kind of car is it? My friend is looking for a Jeep type of car, a strong and resistant car, but not 2 expensive...
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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

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want to bring my car over to help with initial furniture purchases and moving in. Thanks,Ibk
You can use it here for up to 1 year with UK insurance, UK road tax & UK driving licence without any Swiss formalities.
Of course you should be sure your UK insurance is adequate.....

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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

If you do keep it longer than the 3 months or so dont you have to watch out where the vehicle is registered in the UK particularly when the road tax is up and you want to sell. I've put mine at my parents address and did the tax online- no query from DVLA @ all.The other problem that you may now encounter is the new emmissions rules and the effect that will have on the 2nd hand car mkt UK wise. Thanks to McBroon and his silver haired chum my tax will have gone up by £200!! next time around.
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sorry, I cant reply to your question, but I am looking for a right Hand Steering car, a friend needs it for her vacation home in Kenya. Do you want to sell yours? What kind of car is it? My friend is looking for a Jeep type of car, a strong and resistant car, but not 2 expensive...
Hi- My Mum actually wants to keep my car for a little run around and for taking the dog out! Nope- it's not what i'd call a strong and resistant car! Ford Fiesta Ghia 1.2 ! 1998! Sorry!
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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

I have been living in Switzerland for a year now and was thinking of bringing over a car from the UK for a few months, try and take advantage of the coming summer and driving some of those mountain passes. Anyone know of any restrictions if you bring a car over temporarily and its not linked to your initial move to the country?

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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

There are no restrictions on bringing in your car if it was registered to you for at least 6 months before you drive it here. As long as its taxed, MOT'd and registered in your name in the UK , there shouldnt be a problem.
It would probably be easier , cheaper and more fun if you were to rent a car here if its only for temp use and to see the mountains. There are disadvantages in driving a RHD car here, you cant see to overtake very well, and the mountain passes are all designed for LHD cars... so the drop is on the wrong side

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I have been living in Switzerland for a year now and was thinking of bringing over a car from the UK for a few months, try and take advantage of the coming summer and driving some of those mountain passes. Anyone know of any restrictions if you bring a car over temporarily and its not linked to your initial move to the country?

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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

Hello ibk,
you say: "Hi, i'm moving to Zurich area this Summer(from UK) and want to bring my car over to help with initial furniture purchases and moving in. Will probably take it back to England at Christmas and buy a (newer) used car in Switzerland next year. Is there a thread here somewhere explaining the rules and regulations of bringing my car over for a while? I have been searching but can't find what i need to know.
Thanks,Ibk "

You could check also another thread in 'Transportation and Driving' -
Keeping car on UK plates after importing it .

Personally I have done some research on that subject, as I will import (although temporarily) a car which will not be owned by me for more than 6 months. I have posted several messages on that and got a lot of input from EF members.


Good luck.
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I have been living in Switzerland for a year now and was thinking of bringing over a car from the UK for a few months, try and take advantage of the coming summer and driving some of those mountain passes. Anyone know of any restrictions if you bring a car over temporarily and its not linked to your initial move to the country?

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There are no restrictions on bringing in your car if it was registered to you for at least 6 months before you drive it here. As long as its taxed, MOT'd and registered in your name in the UK , there shouldnt be a problem.
It would probably be easier , cheaper and more fun if you were to rent a car here if its only for temp use and to see the mountains. There are disadvantages in driving a RHD car here, you cant see to overtake very well, and the mountain passes are all designed for LHD cars... so the drop is on the wrong side
As far as I understand it this is not true. If the poster has been here a year then he can not (legally) bring a car registered to him into the country unless he imports it. The allowance of a year before having to import the car is based on the person not the car, therefore if he has been resident here for a year he can not bring the car over and keep it on UK plates and insurance.
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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

Please re-read, i understood this to mean he did not intend importing the car. There are no restrictions on driving a car registered in the UK that is in your own name, at your own UK adress. He can drive it here as long as he is covered with UK insurance and Tax.


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As far as I understand it this is not true. If the poster has been here a year then he can not (legally) bring a car registered to him into the country unless he imports it. The allowance of a year before having to import the car is based on the person not the car, therefore if he has been resident here for a year he can not bring the car over and keep it on UK plates and insurance.
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Re: Bringing my car from UK for first few months.

Yes thats right, I do not intend importing it, merely having it over here for a few months over the summer and then taking it back to the UK. It would be registered in my own name at a UK address etc etc.

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