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Move car to Switzerland

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My car is rather young (less then 3 years) and as I bought it new I'm rather sure in it. I know that if I sell it in Russia, I couldn't buy for this money the same quality car in Switzerland. That's why I am thinking about moving my car to Switzerland.

I read that about 1 year I could use russian numbers and as an insurance it's enough to make the green card for 1 year.

Could anyone share experience about moving own car to Switzerland, possible pitfalls and important things to know?
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There are no pitfalls. You import it, it cost few franks. And you have one year durin which you can drive here with green card from foregin insurance company. After that, you either export the car out of the switzerland or you register it here on swiss plates, with swiss insurance and you also need to convert your driving license to swiss one.
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Re: Move car to Switzerland

I pass the procedure less than one year ago in canton Vaud, and my car was previously registered in EU, so there may be some different legal provisions applicable to your situation. I had to first pass through the external swiss custom office, i.e. the one on the border (because there are also internal custom offices). They gave me a registration form to be completed under two days in any other custom office in Switzerland. As I hadn't had any invoice for my car, I went to TCS that made the estimation about my car's value. Based on this I paid the custom fee. Then I had to register in cantonal vehicle center in order to get swiss plates and had my car's mechanic checked. Beforehand, you have to contract the insurance coverage for your car, you just call an insurance company of your choice, they register you, pass the info to the canton and you pay once the registration finished. In canton Vaud there was a waiting line of couple of weeks to the vehicle center, depending at which hours you can pass. And it was all. They took my old plates and send them back to the country of origin. However, I would never ever repeat that process, a lots of paper work, documentation needed, waiting in lines etc.
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Re: Move car to Switzerland

bishopx, Lhena, thank you for your advices, they are very useful to me!

Could you please advice, if I need to take/translate any documents to confirm my car ownership for more than 3 years? I mean for example should I take and/or translata my a contract for the purchase of the car so not to pay high import expences on the border.
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How do you proof ownership for longer than 3 years if your car is less than 3 years old?
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Attentive eyes!
On the dates when I could move it, it will be a little bit more than 3 years.
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How long are you in switzerland ? If more than one year, you cannot use it on foreign plates. You need to follow what Lhena said.
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Re: Move car to Switzerland

I got permit B in October 2017, but currently I live in Switzerland only 40% of time.
I still continue working in Russia while currently I am looking for a job in Switzerland. I am thinking about to move my car to Switzerland in spring. It will be about 6-7 months from the time I got permit B.
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There are no pitfalls. You import it, it cost few franks. And you have one year durin which you can drive here with green card from foregin insurance company. After that, you either export the car out of the switzerland or you register it here on swiss plates, with swiss insurance and you also need to convert your driving license to swiss one.
And from which time will begin this one year? I see different opinions also on this forum. Someone writes that it begins from car import date (making a stamp upon entering the country with a car) and someone writes that it begins from the date of getting residence permit.

Where is it possible to read the official information?
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And from which time will begin this one year? I see different opinions also on this forum. Someone writes that it begins from car import date (making a stamp upon entering the country with a car) and someone writes that it begins from the date of getting residence permit.

Where is it possible to read the official information?



Believe it or not.....from an official source !


Try the vehicle registration center in the canto you reside as it is they who issue the registration of the vehicle. Failing this go to the customs offices and ask direct
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There are two things and parts to the deal. Each part is regulated by a different laws and handled by different authorities:

First, customs and importation.
Plenty of information available in English:

When it is considered part of your household and relocation goods:
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...-effects-.html

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


Second, registration etc.
This is covered in ASA Guidline No. 1
Available in German:
https://asa.ch/wp-content/uploads/we...1_D/index.html
and French:
https://asa.ch/wp-content/uploads/we...1_F/index.html

OP case is illustrated on page 13 of the German version.
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