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No, also used cars may have the warranty and service plan. It is taken over from the previous owner.

example
standard warranty 3 year
pre-owned car 1 year old.
you still have 2 year warranty

The same for service.

I can confirm it works this way for Volvo and BMW, I expect this to work for most brands.

It is the importer who covers this for the manufaturer.


A car bought in US or Europe will not have free servicing and long guarantees
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

Hello and happy 4th if you are celebrating it

So we checked the website you recommended and only smaller engine cars seem to be available (2.0 vs 3.0) and they are around 33-40 CHF:

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/autos/...1119&vehtyp=10

I bought mine for 32K (34K with tax) preowned. I think it won't sell for more than 28K. So unless the modifications are expensive, I will save some money (employer is paying for the shipment), but it is not clear how much it will be and if it is worth the hassle. About lower resale value (20% less). If I keep the car for 7 years, I doubt it will cost that much so 20% less won't matter much.

Pluses for keeping it:
+ Do not have to deal with selling a car and buying a new one.
+ My car is loaded with options and I have had it and know that it drives great.

Minuses:
- Loss of warranty and good service plan
- Hassle and stress of importing it.
- It is a bit big for Europe.

So it is somewhat in the grey zone. What do you think?
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Old 04.07.2019, 14:12
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Hello and happy 4th if you are celebrating it

So we checked the website you recommended and only smaller engine cars seem to be available (2.0 vs 3.0) and they are around 33-40 CHF:

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/autos/...1119&vehtyp=10

I bought mine for 32K (34K with tax) preowned. I think it won't sell for more than 28K. So unless the modifications are expensive, I will save some money (employer is paying for the shipment), but it is not clear how much it will be and if it is worth the hassle. About lower resale value (20% less). If I keep the car for 7 years, I doubt it will cost that much so 20% less won't matter much.

Pluses for keeping it:
+ Do not have to deal with selling a car and buying a new one.
+ My car is loaded with options and I have had it and know that it drives great.

Minuses:
- Loss of warranty and good service plan
- Hassle and stress of importing it.
- It is a bit big for Europe.

So it is somewhat in the grey zone. What do you think?
Let me refer you to post No 2
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Hello and happy 4th if you are celebrating it

So we checked the website you recommended and only smaller engine cars seem to be available (2.0 vs 3.0) and they are around 33-40 CHF:

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/autos/...1119&vehtyp=10

I bought mine for 32K (34K with tax) preowned. I think it won't sell for more than 28K. So unless the modifications are expensive, I will save some money (employer is paying for the shipment), but it is not clear how much it will be and if it is worth the hassle. About lower resale value (20% less). If I keep the car for 7 years, I doubt it will cost that much so 20% less won't matter much.

Pluses for keeping it:
+ Do not have to deal with selling a car and buying a new one.
+ My car is loaded with options and I have had it and know that it drives great.

Minuses:
- Loss of warranty and good service plan
- Hassle and stress of importing it.
- It is a bit big for Europe.

So it is somewhat in the grey zone. What do you think?
the swiss are a funny bunch, once your car hits 100,000 km its basically worthless, no one will want it unless its give away cheap.

what engine does yours have??

take a look on here at past for sale ad's for cars imported cars are not an easy sell.

Personally I'd ask my employer for the cash they where going to pay to ship it, sell the car in the USA, use the cash they just gave me for the deposit on a spanky new car here.

The new Q3's have a much better interior then the old ones anyway
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

No, it is not worth it.
Depreciation write-off is 4k,.
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Old 04.07.2019, 17:17
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

The resale and depreciation is not a real concern for me to be honest.
I will keep it at least 5-7 years. I do not change cars often.
At that point being a US model or not would not matter.
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Old 04.07.2019, 17:29
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The resale and depreciation is not a real concern for me to be honest.
I will keep it at least 5-7 years. I do not change cars often.
At that point being a US model or not would not matter.
until you come to servicing / repairs time

really, its a run of the mill wagon, we've tried to steer you gently in the right direction but here's the bottom line, DO NOT BOTHER !!

ask for the cash, sell it, buy here. If you get it here and find for whatever reason its not possible, or too expensive to register here then you are well and truly stuffed, the risk / reward of it just isn't worth it.

Cars here are generally extremely well looked after, so even if you bought a 2nd hand 2017 Q3 its almost 100% sure to have only ever been touched by a main dealer - for everything! even summer / winter tire changes.

the swiss (generally) do not do any kind of DIY on their cars, nothing, and follow service etc schedules to the letter. Car insurance also covers car park damage etc so even the body work should be perfect.

so I'll say it again, its not worth bringing your Q3 over!!
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

I imported a vehicle from the US when I moved here in '86.

Cost me CHF 1000 just for the test, and more for the mechanic. Parts were all borrowed for the test, though I later bought the vehicle I had borrowed the parts from in '91.

I still own/use both.

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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

Don't listen to them Miu!
Follow your dream!
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the swiss are a funny bunch, once your car hits 100,000 km its basically worthless, no one will want it unless its give away cheap.

what engine does yours have??

take a look on here at past for sale ad's for cars imported cars are not an easy sell.

Personally I'd ask my employer for the cash they where going to pay to ship it, sell the car in the USA, use the cash they just gave me for the deposit on a spanky new car here.

The new Q3's have a much better interior then the old ones anyway
My Engine last service document says it is 3.0T Quattro, but I think it is a mistake and it should be 2.0T Quattro.
I do not believe I have the option to get cash. Otherwise I would not have even move my furniture and just used the 20K CHF to buy new things.
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My Engine last service document says it is 3.0T Quattro, but I think it is a mistake and it should be 2.0T Quattro.
I do not believe I have the option to get cash. Otherwise I would not have even move my furniture and just used the 20K CHF to buy new things.
Junk it all and buy new things.

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until you come to servicing / repairs time

really, its a run of the mill wagon, we've tried to steer you gently in the right direction but here's the bottom line, DO NOT BOTHER !!

ask for the cash, sell it, buy here. If you get it here and find for whatever reason its not possible, or too expensive to register here then you are well and truly stuffed, the risk / reward of it just isn't worth it.

Cars here are generally extremely well looked after, so even if you bought a 2nd hand 2017 Q3 its almost 100% sure to have only ever been touched by a main dealer - for everything! even summer / winter tire changes.

the swiss (generally) do not do any kind of DIY on their cars, nothing, and follow service etc schedules to the letter. Car insurance also covers car park damage etc so even the body work should be perfect.

so I'll say it again, its not worth bringing your Q3 over!!
Thank you for the advice. I can sell my car here at around $28-9K (that is the optimistic estimate). The same car costs at least 35K CHF (more likely 37-8K) and then there is tax (around 2.5K CHF) and I have LED lights so I am not sure why you think it is so obvious that I should sell and re-buy?
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Thank you for the advice. I can sell my car here at around $28-9K (that is the optimistic estimate). The same car costs at least 35K CHF (more likely 37-8K) and then there is tax (around 2.5K CHF)
There is no tax on used cars here.

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Thank you for the advice. I can sell my car here at around $28-9K (that is the optimistic estimate). The same car costs at least 35K CHF (more likely 37-8K) and then there is tax (around 2.5K CHF) and I have LED lights so I am not sure why you think it is so obvious that I should sell and re-buy?



Bring it with you, the threads you create afterwards how expensive it is and how the nasty Swiss shafted you will be more than hilarious
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For one the sales tax seem to be much lower than Germany (7.7 vs 19%). I think I might be better off listening and just sell my car.
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The same car costs at least 35K CHF (more likely 37-8K) and then there is tax (around 2.5K CHF)
Just a reminder that this is Europe: What you see is what you pay. All prices shown, used or new (except B2B sales) have all tax included. In addition, in restaurants tip is included in many countries as well.
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Bring it with you, the threads you create afterwards how expensive it is and how the nasty Swiss shafted you will be more than hilarious
Or learn a lot about cars, Swiss bureaucratics, German/French/Italian along the way, and in the end have a great story to tell. Is it worth the time and money? I do not know.

https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...xperience.html
https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...itzerland.html
https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...r-usa-car.html
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Just a reminder that this is Europe: What you see is what you pay. All prices shown, used or new (except B2B sales) have all tax included. In addition, in restaurants tip is included in many countries as well.
Oh I did not know the tax is included. Thank you.
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you can still keep the headlights you just need to add washers, either properly with Audi ones, which would also need a new bumper etc or cheap aftermarket ones.

but to be honest its already sounding like a ballache
I checked my bumper and it has the inserts for the washers but not the washers. I am not sure I need to change the bumper.
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

I've done it, twice.

I should have learnt my lesson the first time.

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I've done it, twice.

I should have learnt my lesson the first time.

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lol could you elaborate?
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