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Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

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We recently moved to Switzerland (Vaud area) we are looking to drive our car over from the U.K. To Switzerland as part of our personal affects. From what we have read, we understand this is a tax free process if the car is owned for more than 6 months. The car was bought and paid for in Feb 1st. it's now July 4th which makes it 6 months. However, on the V05 document wasn't registered until March. In regards of "owning" which date is counted? The purchase or registration date? And which documents are needed to be presented at the boarder?
Thanks again! We look forward to driving again!
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

1) if you can prove when you bought the car with receipt / bank records they will accept that date instead of the date on the V5.
2) it's the date of first entry on your residence permit that counts for the 6 months not the date you actually bring the car. does that invalidate the whole question for you?
3) is it left hand drive? RHD cars for daily use are real pain in LHD countries.
4) for documents and process - do a search. this is the most commonly asked question on this forum and its littered with information. also the process varies somewhat depending on the circumstances.
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The car was bought and paid for in Feb 1st. it's now July 4th which makes it 6 months.
Your math sucks.

That makes it 5 months and three days.

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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

i think she means that its 'over the allowed 6 months'. (but within it if you go by the date on the V5)
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i think she means that its 'over the allowed 6 months'. (but within it if you go by the date on the V5)
You must have gone to the same maths class. Car "bought and paid for 1st feb", date today 4th Jul... 5 months 3 days, Tom is quite correct.

OP, the important dates are purchase date from the receipt, and the day you 1st arrived in Switzerland. If that gap is 6+ months no taxes etc are due,
6- months, you'll get a bill. As you have given us 1 date, and are here now, that would means you can't have owned the car for 6 months before you arrived, so I would say you are going to have stump up something.

Doc's needed from when we imported our car from France when were were in Kanton Zürich many moons ago, so maybe this is a little out of date now, were the log book, certificate of conformity (or a sub mac depending on vehicle) and the proof of purchase date. This gets you the the STAMM number and the stamp on you form, which you'll need to have the import duties etc calculated, and you then have 12 months (ish) to either get the car onto Swiss plates or export it.

I came through the border at Basel at silly o'clock in the morning the office was shut, so the bleary eyed border guard just shined his torch in the car, relieved me of CHF40 for a vignette, and said that I had a week to got to the local Zoll and complete the import. I did and was in and out in 15 mins and charged CHF 20.

Until registered here, a car used to have to be road legal in it's country of origin until, so Tax and MoT (if applicable) need to be valid for the duration, and obviously insurance with appropriate cover now that you are Swiss resident.

Other than the headlights, you don't need to to anything until you go to put the car onto Swiss plate, not sure if you will get away with the blackout stickers or not in this case.

There are also some kantonal variations on how strictly some of the rules are applied, so my tip, do it right then you have nothing to worry about. Hopefully someone who has imported a car more recently, and from your area will be able to be more specific.
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

I was counting all of feb 1 and for some reason countered July as another hahha so at the end of the month or beginning of next month would be 6. But yes you are correct. 5 months
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

Also just to sum up, if our car is still sitting in the uk at my mother in laws place, and we waiting until 6 months and brought the receipt/invoice of car that shows the date with bank statements, we can import it without tax? Or it won't matter since our arrival date is less than 6 months? I feel that would be a bit silly if we stayed here (hypothetically) for 2 years and decided to import our car later and still get taxed as a car owned less than 6 months.
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

What is the arrival date on your residence permit? It makes no difference at all the date you actually import the car.
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

the 6 months is the difference between when you first arrived here and when you bought the car, you can't buy a car, leave it parked up for 6 months then import it tax free.

you also have a time limit for importing while moving here too, so even if you owned it for over 6 months before moving here (the date on your permit) and tried to import it 2 years later you'd be taxed

someone else can post up the time limit
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

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Also just to sum up, if our car is still sitting in the uk at my mother in laws place, and we waiting until 6 months and brought the receipt/invoice of car that shows the date with bank statements, we can import it without tax? Or it won't matter since our arrival date is less than 6 months? I feel that would be a bit silly if we stayed here (hypothetically) for 2 years and decided to import our car later and still get taxed as a car owned less than 6 months.
Sort of. Have a look at this.
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Wurde das Fahrzeug weniger als sechs
Monate im Ausland verwendet, kann
das Fahrzeug mit einer Zollbewilligung
(Formular 15.30) während maximal
zwei Jahren ab dem ersten Einreisetag
in der Schweiz unverzollt benutzt
werden. Nach Ablauf der zweijährigen
Frist muss das Fahrzeug entweder
verzollt (Abgabenerhebung: Zollabgaben,
Automobil- und Mehrwertsteuer)
oder wieder ausgeführt
werden.
The way I read that if you've owned the car less than 6 months from the date you entered Switzerland then you have 2 years of use without paying the import tax. After two years you can either pay the import duty, or get rid of the car.
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

Leave the UK car at your MILs and buy a cheap second hand Swiss one. It'll be less of a headache, particularly if the dealer is potentially amenable to buying it back when /if you leave.
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

I'm just wondering if you are planning to go back to the UK within 1 or 2 years and so have a car for that repatriation, or are you planning to live here indefinitely and are happy with the hassle of driving around with a right had vehicle?
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

Also we don't know if we are returning to the U.K. I highly doubt it but we just might just pay the tax to get the car over. Since we might be here for a long time. So what I got from this forum is that they look at your arrival date and the invoice/bank statement of when you bought the car to count the ownership time. Either way, thanks everyone
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

right hand drive?
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

Also my SO prefers to drive a right hand vehicle even if the streets are the other way. We want it to travel around the EU with our dog on our free time. But basic commute for work and such is just a few mins walk away. Quite silly but he does what he likes :P
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

i can tell you from experience its a pain in the backside sitting on the wrong side of the car when its your everyday driver. i've always owned some RHD cars in LHD countries and LHD cars in RHD countries and its fine for occasional use but if you need to use a car park, toll booth or overtake its far from ideal.

it would also have very low resale value. i'd look at getting a car locally and either keeping that in the UK or selling it.
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Also my SO prefers to drive a right hand vehicle even if the streets are the other way. We want it to travel around the EU with our dog on our free time. But basic commute for work and such is just a few mins walk away. Quite silly but he does what he likes :P
He will soon discover that it's a right royal pain in the arse. Seriously.
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

driven RHD cars here for the past 11 years, no big issues, car park ticket machines are a mild inconvenience
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Re: Importing a car from UK to Switzerland

We are not worried about rhd. Hes done it before. We are more worried about what forms to bring when we import it. It was my turn to pick out the car and we are both very satisfied with what we chose. Not going to give up the car now already attached
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We are not worried about rhd. Hes done it before. We are more worried about what forms to bring when we import it. It was my turn to pick out the car and we are both very satisfied with what we chose. Not going to give up the car now already attached
Having driven my UK car here, the biggest challenge is parking machines (and toll booths when you drive to Italy). Get a LiberT tag for France, and French tolls are easy - costs 1euro every month you use it.

The paperwork is a bit of a pain. Get to the border, bring your V5, they will then charge you the import tax (unless you owned the car more than 6 months before the day your Swiss residence permit was issued). Bring the car into Switzerland. Next, you'll need temporary Swiss plates, insurance, a certificate of conformity (get it from the Swiss dealer of the car brand - they will know what you are asking for), emissions test and MFK (like an MOT, but they somehow seem to want the engine bay to be clean. The UK trick of covering anything "bad" with mud doesn't work here.). Once you have all that (I may be forgetting something), you get your new Swiss plates*.

Congratulations, your car is now Swiss.

M.

* I have left out that at each step, you need to pay... you'll realize pretty quickly that services that are free in the UK you need to pay for here The biggest expense is customs and VAT - only applicable if you didn't own the car for more than 6 months before you moved here.
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