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Importing a non-road car on a trailer

I can't find any info here on exactly what I want to do... so thought I would ask if anybody has any experience of this.


I have a track car in the UK which is UK road legal. However there is no way I will be able to register it here (heavily modified).

I want to bring it over here on a trailer (as it is currently in bits mid way through a re-build). I then plan to work on it to finish the rebuild and do one of two things:

1) Leave it here and trailer it to tracks in nearby countries, or
2) Take it back to the UK and use it on track days there

I have been told that I can bring it over, leave a deposit with customs and then take it back again and get my money back. However I may be liable for UK taxes if I have increased the value of the car.
Not sure how true this is though...

To rebuild the car, it would probably cost ~10k, however I could easily argue it is only worth 3-4k at normal market prices, so I think I can be quite flexible with any stated value.


Does anybody have any experience of doing this? Or do you know who I need to speak to to do this? I assume it is more of a customs question rather than Strassenverkehrsamt. I am in canton Zug if that makes any difference.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old 01.03.2019, 20:42
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Re: Importing a non-road car on a trailer

For how long have you been a Swiss resident?
Is this car listed on your 18.44?
Are you also considered a UK resident for tax purposes?
If yes do you intend do use the car in the UK?

If you do not use it on public roads Strassenverkehrsamt is not involved.
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For how long have you been a Swiss resident?
Is this car listed on your 18.44?
Are you also considered a UK resident for tax purposes?
If yes do you intend do use the car in the UK?

If you do not use it on public roads Strassenverkehrsamt is not involved.
6 months
No, wasn't planning to do this originally... Bit of an oversight.
No
If I take the car back (the most likely option) I think trying to register and insure it will be complicated, so I would probably leave it SORN'd (i.e. not register it)
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Re: Importing a non-road car on a trailer

One more question. For how much longer do you intend to be a Swiss resident?
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One more question. For how much longer do you intend to be a Swiss resident?
Undetermined at the moment, but no plan to go back. At least another year, but likely longer.
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Re: Importing a non-road car on a trailer

For all the enthusiasts on the forum, please tell some more about the car and the modifications.
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For all the enthusiasts on the forum, please tell some more about the car and the modifications.
It is a '93 MK1 mx5. So on the face of it, not that special.... However I have done a lot to it.

It is turbo charged with a Subaru WRX td04 - a common conversion. It is about 250bhp (started life as 115bhp).
I turbo'd it a few years ago, with other corresponding mods (big brakes roll bar, Elise seats etc)

Then a couple of years ago, I stripped it completely down to the bare shell (then bought a new shell d mine was too far gone) for a rebuild.
I built my own spit for the shell, taught myself to weld. Fixed the rust (there are common rust areas in mk1s). Rebuilt the engine with forged rods (that is the week bit of the engine, so I should be able to turn things up a bit after that). Had it resprayed, and basically rebuilt everything.


Unfortunately I got close, but not quite closer enough to getting it running before I came here.



It started life 26 years ago looking like this:


Now it looks like this:


I have driven it on various tracks in the UK. And it punches above its weight... Which is fun.

Build thread is here:
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Absolutely killed me to leave it in the UK. Can't wait to get it back.
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Re: Importing a non-road car on a trailer

Here my take on the issue:

Get in contact with Swiss customs if you put it on your 18.44 and import it as part of your household move. If possible, the import is easy and you will get a 13.20A/B.

After that get in contact with a Swiss insurer in case you need fire/theft insurance. No need for plates for that part. Insurance is optional.
A non plated car can only be stored on private property but not the public road.

As it is not plated and you use a flatbed for the track days, find out where you can get a Carnet ATA for the car. Theoretically it is not needed for sport purposes. But I heard that the Italian are sometimes very, very formal.

If you add parts abroad, speak outside Switzerland, you would have to declare them an pay VAT on the value.

Once you move abroad you just export it as part of your household.
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Re: Importing a non-road car on a trailer

Thanks for the response.

I didn't declare it as part of the move unfortunately

But I think your advise still stands... Just need to go and speak to customs.
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Re: Importing a non-road car on a trailer

That's one awesome MX5 you got there. Cool videos and pic on your link.

Enjoy and good luck to have the beast in Switzerland
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Re: Importing a non-road car on a trailer

Just one thing you may not have considered - if you rent (or own) your place, and have a shared garage then there's probably a rule stating that no work can be done on your car. (even minor stuff like changing the wheels is sometimes frowned upon).

If you have your own garage then you ought to be okay but you would still need to check if the place is rented.
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That's one awesome MX5 you got there. Cool videos and pic on your link.

Enjoy and good luck to have the beast in Switzerland
It is a lot of fun. I stopped driving it in the road in the UK really, apart from to and from tracks. Was a bit silly for the roads...

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Just one thing you may not have considered - if you rent (or own) your place, and have a shared garage then there's probably a rule stating that no work can be done on your car. (even minor stuff like changing the wheels is sometimes frowned upon).

If you have your own garage then you ought to be okay but you would still need to check if the place is rented.
We have a house thank God (with a garage).

I think I would have gone crazy of we lived in a flat. There are enough rules as it is!
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