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Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

We are considering the importation of our Ford Explorer from US to CH.


We have concerns about servicing the car and also possibly reselling it at some point.


Transportation would not be an issue and we owned it for more than 6 month.
It is just so big and I noticed that dealers are not selling it, but I found a few used ones for sale in CH.


Any opinion on this topic would be appreciated.


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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

It's size and the relative size of parking spaces here may make it impracticable.
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We are considering the importation of our Ford Explorer from US to CH.


We have concerns about servicing the car and also possibly reselling it at some point.


Transportation would not be an issue and we owned it for more than 6 month.
It is just so big and I noticed that dealers are not selling it, but I found a few used ones for sale in CH.


Any opinion on this topic would be appreciated.


Thanks!
Service will be more expensive than you're used to, and there will probably be a long lead time on parts.

But the main problem will be that if you ever want to drive or park it in anything like an urban setting it's just too damned big.

If you needed it to tow a vehicle... perhaps, but if it's just your regular transport then you'll probably find that, by the time you get it here and through the MFK, it just isn't a suitable vehicle for regular use here.

Compare resale value here to that in the US, adding in the cost of getting it here and through the MFK... I suspect you'd probably get more money for it in the US.
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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

They drive commercial trucks that are smaller than an Explorer here !

Probably not a good idea....
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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

There's a few of these kicking around Geneva. No idea about servicing issues, but clearly some people have successfully figured it out.

They are big cars, but most Explorers are not meaningfully longer or wider than Q7s and Cayennes, which are everywhere in Geneva, without drama.
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Old 31.07.2017, 16:04
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There's a few of these kicking around Geneva. No idea about servicing issues, but clearly some people have successfully figured it out.

They are big cars, but most Explorers are not meaningfully longer or wider than Q7s and Cayennes, which are everywhere in Geneva, without drama.
Rubbish, all Chelsea Tractors come with a good dose of drama included, you can probalby buy more as an option if required !!

Sure, it's feasible, but is it going to be enjoyable unless you have a serious disposable income to hand ?
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It's size and the relative size of parking spaces here may make it impracticable.
Agreed. On the other hand the Explorer has about the same footprint (length/width) as the Audi Q7 and you see quite a few of them on Swiss roads.

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Sure, it's feasible, but is it going to be enjoyable unless you have a serious disposable income to hand ?
Depends a lot on the OPs usage pattern IMHO. It can make sense but it could also be quite a nightmare.
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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

Ford Explorer = midsize SUV.
Your biggest concern will be parking. Stall width here is much smaller than the US. You will find yourself sucking your gut in and squeezing out of your door at many stalls and passing by many others cuz you know it just isn't going to work.
Other than the IKEA parking lot and some outdoor lots, you will never be able to swing your doors wide open like you are used to in the US.
its a real PITA.
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Ford Explorer = midsize SUV.
Your biggest concern will be parking. Stall width here is much smaller than the US. You will find yourself sucking your gut in and squeezing out of your door at many stalls and passing by many others cuz you know it just isn't going to work.
Other than the IKEA parking lot and some outdoor lots, you will never be able to swing your doors wide open like you are used to in the US.
its a real PITA.

and people can get real shirty when you ding their doors (also gets expensive for you, think about Chf 750 -1'000.-- to remove a ding and respray complete pannel, + rental car for a day)
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Agreed. On the other hand the Explorer has about the same footprint (length/width) as the Audi Q7 and you see quite a few of them on Swiss roads.
Yes, mostly because the Q7 was designed for the US market. I have seen a mum dropping her kid at the kindergarden next to my work trying to park one in seven attempts - and I make sure I stay clear of them in any parking to not get my car dinged.
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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

I guess I'd say it might be an expensive thing to do. There are costs involved in moving it here, you may need some modifications to comply with Swiss / EU standards, fuel is around 5.35 a gallon and if something breaks you'll be sitting waiting for parts. If you are lucky enough to find parts they will cost a small fortune. A Ford Explorer, although an nice vehicle, is not worth the effort and hassle in my opinion.

If you do bring it over, bring oil, cabin and air filters, all belts, one set of spark plugs and an extra set of tires. May as well add a fuel filter as well. That will keep you going for a few years.
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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

No one has addressed the re-sale question yet.

The market for used cars in CH has become very competitive (meaning low prices) over the last few years for any CH/EU cars (by this I mean purchased from a CH authorised dealer or imported on the parallel market/personal import).

Any vehicle (other than cult/collector cars) imported from the USA/CAN etc. and "adjusted" for the CH market is in another category for re-sale. And it is really down the list on the pricing.

Do not think that you will get a good price on the vehicle when you want to sell it. The market is extremely thin for this type of vehicle and people do not want to pay over CHF 6.00/us gallon (1.60/litre x 3.8) for fuel given this is not a luxury brand.

As others have suggested, sell it in the US and move on.
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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

As for resale value, see here for a few current ads for US model Explorers.

Worth noting:
- "Inserat vom dd.mm.yyyy" is the date the ad was first found. Obviously the longer it's beeen on the less attractive
- "Note" is based on the car/ad and its attributes. Range is 1-6 with "Note 6.0" is the best possible, "Note 1.0" is worst
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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

Anywhere from CHF 900 to CHF 70,000!

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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

explorers are available from ford dealers here, or am I missing something?

Never had any issues getting parts for my US mustang right away (costs aside) our local garage get normal service type parts in same day, swiss certified wheel spacers took 24 hours.
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explorers are available from ford dealers here, or am I missing something?

Never had any issues getting parts for my US mustang right away (costs aside) our local garage get normal service type parts in same day, swiss certified wheel spacers took 24 hours.
Not that I can see from Ford Switzerland's website:

http://www.fr.ford.ch/Voituresdetourisme

Maybe a dealer could order one in special, but doesn't look like they're generally available.
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Not that I can see from Ford Switzerland's website:

http://www.fr.ford.ch/Voituresdetourisme

Maybe a dealer could order one in special, but doesn't look like they're generally available.
Closest model size, power, price etc in the dealer line-up here is the Ford Edge, which is certainly a different car.

There are Explorer's for sale on autoscout24.ch. Perhaps imported with their owner's relocation.
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Re: Importing a Ford Explorer from US to CH

Personally I'd sell before moving and get a better car once you arrive. Let's face it anything's better than a Ford.
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Personally I'd sell before moving and get a better car once you arrive. Let's face it anything's better than a Ford.
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