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Car Import from Germany

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Just wondering if you guys know some companys that would bring my car from Germany for me. I only found butler import but they are wayyyy to expensive they ask me 2000 franke to bring Opel Astra Gtc 2009. I cant find anything on google btw. Thanks
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Re: Car Import from Germany

That's 2'000.- more than any Opel is worth...anyways, take it you can't drive it here yourself or have a friend/family do it for you? Have you looked at hiring a flatbed to go and pick it up by yourself?
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Re: Car Import from Germany

There are threads on this forum about importing a car, together with your other household stuff, when you move here.

It's up to you to import it, we can only bring it here on a trailer and then you must import it yourself.

Or you can drive it here, run it for many months and then import it.

https://www.englishforum.ch/search2....mporting+a+car
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There are threads on this forum about importing a car, together with your other household stuff, when you move here.

It's up to you to import it, we can only bring it here on a trailer and then you must import it yourself.

Or you can drive it here, run it for many months and then import it.

https://www.englishforum.ch/search2....mporting+a+car
No what I meant is they ask me to bring on trailer 2000 fr and thats insanse. I just tought you guys know some companys that bring cars on trailors and its now so insanse expensive.
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That's 2'000.- more than any Opel is worth...anyways, take it you can't drive it here yourself or have a friend/family do it for you? Have you looked at hiring a flatbed to go and pick it up by yourself?
I payed my car 5900 euros 😜
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Re: Car Import from Germany

Sell the car where it is in Germany, it won't be worth importing it and then improving it to pass the Swiss TUV test.
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Sell the car where it is in Germany, it won't be worth importing it and then improving it to pass the Swiss TUV test.
U did not understand me, I bought this car like few days ago, its from 2009 and has 40000 km on it. Thats it. I would need someone to bring it here for me. Its 7 hours from me and I have no time to pick it up.
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U did not understand me, I bought this car like few days ago, its from 2009 and has 40000 km on it. Thats it. I would need someone to bring it here for me. Its 7 hours from me and I have no time to pick it up.
it is a customs offence for any Swiss resident to bring a foreign car here, without immediately paying the import duties and taxes on the border!

You didn't read all the information I gave you, did you? We cannot help you, you must import it yourself, or pay heavily.

Don't you get Saturdays and Sundays off work?
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it is a customs offence for any Swiss resident to bring a foreign car here, without immediately paying the import duties and taxes on the border!

You didn't read all the information I gave you, did you? We cannot help you, you must import it yourself, or pay heavily.

Don't you get Saturdays and Sundays off work?
Ahhha thats why I am asking if there is someone who dows it all for you and its not so expensive. So you say better I go alone and pick it up?
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Re: Car Import from Germany

It's usually not worth importing such a car.

Was it actually from a dealer, where you can get the 19% VAT back?

Else you'll pay 8% VAT and 4% Car-import tax on top (and some other minor amounts).
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It's usually not worth importing such a car.

Was it actually from a dealer, where you can get the 19% VAT back?

Else you'll pay 8% VAT and 4% Car-import tax on top (and some other minor amounts).
Its worth beacuse here in switzerland you cant buy car like that under 11000 fr so. Yes its from dealer, from autohaus.
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It's usually not worth importing such a car.

Was it actually from a dealer, where you can get the 19% VAT back?

Else you'll pay 8% VAT and 4% Car-import tax on top (and some other minor amounts).
unless you are emigrating here and the car can be brought in tax free as part of your personal possession
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unless you are emigrating here and the car can be brought in tax free as part of your personal possession
Why would it not be worth? Its only 6 years old and only 40000 km on it. I dont see a problem.
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Why would it not be worth? Its only 6 years old and only 40000 km on it. I dont see a problem.
I haven't said it is not worth it, that's the other ones here who drive big bastard BMWs and the like.
When I came here to settle again, I brought my 2003 Civic from the US. Cost me $1'000 for the car and 20 boxes, paid no import tax on the vehicle as it was part of my belongings. I bought the car new for $15,000 and 2 years later decided it would be cheaper to ship than to sell it for $11,000 and look for a new car here, because like you, I knew I would not find a car of the same size and age for 11'000.- . 2017 and I still have the car, 175,000 miles on the clock (+/- 280'000 km) and still going strong! Bring your car here.
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Re: Car Import from Germany

Well, they're all Euro5 at that age.

Older Diesels of that series apparently don't have particle filters. So they're probably next to unmarketable in Germany these days.

That's why you can pick them up so cheaply - you probably deprived someone in Africa of his car

The car has no warranty here, so any repairs will be on you. With prices of Swiss labor, that can add up. Especially with brands like Opel, whose quality history is a bit spotty (you can get a great car that just won't die - or you can have a lemon and you'll learn more about which parts in a car can break than you ever wanted to know).

I still drive a 2001 VW Lupo that I brought in 2005. But I bought it new.

Did you buy the car unseen?

If I bought a car in Germany, I'd have it transported to my parents' place next to the border and then drive it over. That's probably a lot cheaper than the cross-border and import-service that import-butler offers.

I'm sure you could have arranged for something similar with your seller.
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Its worth beacuse here in switzerland you cant buy car like that under 11000 fr so. Yes its from dealer, from autohaus.
Did you ask Autohaus if they would do it for you and their cost?
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Well, they're all Euro5 at that age.

Older Diesels of that series apparently don't have particle filters. So they're probably next to unmarketable in Germany these days.

That's why you can pick them up so cheaply - you probably deprived someone in Africa of his car

The car has no warranty here, so any repairs will be on you. With prices of Swiss labor, that can add up. Especially with brands like Opel, whose quality history is a bit spotty (you can get a great car that just won't die - or you can have a lemon and you'll learn more about which parts in a car can break than you ever wanted to know).

I still drive a 2001 VW Lupo that I brought in 2005. But I bought it new.

Did you buy the car unseen?

If I bought a car in Germany, I'd have it transported to my parents' place next to the border and then drive it over. That's probably a lot cheaper than the cross-border and import-service that import-butler offers.

I'm sure you could have arranged for something similar with your seller.
Thats what I tought also, to have someone to drive it next to border, do you think I need some special insurance for that?
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Re: Car Import from Germany

This car is Euro4
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Thats what I tought also, to have someone to drive it next to border, do you think I need some special insurance for that?
Yes.
It needs to insured - or loaded on a trailer.

That's what import-butler does:
- buy insurance and Tageszulassung for Germany (the number plates).
- insurance and Tageszulassen for Switzerland (well, it's valid for 6 weeks or so, until you can get an appointment at StVA).
- and optionally handle all the customs-paperwork (you have to pay VAT etc. cash at customs)

I think there are a number of threads on importing a car that describe the process in detail.
You can do it all yourself or pay someone for it.

I think that if you buy from a dealer in Singen, Konstanz or Waldshut, they can streamline the process on their side quite a bit (and thus save you money and time).
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This car is Euro4
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How long do you want to drive it?
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