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Importing a car from US to CH

Hello,

I am planning to bring my car Audi A3, 2017 to CH when I move as part of my household.

Is there a good reasonably priced company which can take care of managing the inspection and in general the certification process?

If not, could you please advise me where to look for the information?
It will be for canton of Vaud.

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Hello,

I am planning to bring my car Audi A3, 2017 to CH when I move as part of my household.

Is there a good reasonably priced company which can take care of managing the inspection and in general the certification process?

If not, could you please advise me where to look for the information?
It will be for canton of Vaud.

thanks for the advice!

In all honesty it probably isn't worth it
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

A lot will depend on how much in conformity your car is with the standards here. As its Audi, you have already a european brand that is serviced here so that is good. On the other hand if it's been modified or involved in any accident, I would forget it. Do a bit of investigation beforehand to see if it is worth the cost of shipping, cost of bringing up to CH specs, etc.. before you proceed. Look at the cost of a similar used car here on autoscout.ch as example.

If you read some similar threads here on this site, there are many good and many not so good experiences with importing cars from USA.

There is a form for importation that you should use. In another thread you were searching for a moving company, so they should also be able to ship and do the import paperwork along with your personal effects.(get a specific estimate for this) They may also be able to do the registration, but that is a stretch, and in any event it won't be cheap. Alternatively, once car is here, best to find a good local garage or audi garage to help get it through the registration process. Again, depending on your research on what needs to be done, the overall state of the car, etc.. this could get very expensive.
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

sell it in the USA buy a new one here, the costs and grief of importing it are not worth it, imports are worth a lot less here, and if you're having to pay for the shipping etc yourself then its totally not worth it!
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

I am not paying for shipping and I believe my headlights are compatible with Europe. My Swiss friends all tell me I should absolutely import it.

My ex moved to Germany last year and he imported both his cars and he thought it was worth it. One was even a 10 year old Audi. The other one was a nicer new sport car.
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I am not paying for shipping and I believe my headlights are compatible with Europe.
check! switzerland requires headlight washers for xenons, the USA doesn't, so does your car have xenons? if so does it have washers?


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My Swiss friends all tell me I should absolutely import it.
look on autoscout.ch, find a similar swiss car, take 25% off the price, thats roughly what your car would be worth here


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My ex moved to Germany last year and he imported both his cars and he thought it was worth it. One was even a 10 year old Audi. The other one was a nicer new sport car.
this isn't germany
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look on autoscout.ch, find a similar swiss car, take 25% off the price, thats roughly what your car would be worth here
Will be hard to find a comparable car. An American A3 is more like a de-tuned European S3.
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Will be hard to find a comparable car. An American A3 is more like a de-tuned European S3.
if that's the case it wouldn't have a CoC (certificate of conformity - an EU thing) , which would make importing it 10x more difficult and costly.
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

If the car has been homologated for certain US states, there is little problem, and it's all to do with emissions I believe. If you give the VIN/Chassis numbers to Audi they will tell you if it can be imported into CH/EU without problem.

The three things you do have to change are:
Headlamps
Fuel filler
Speedometer
and sometimes rear lights.

I can't speak about used Audi's, as I don't know the value, we did it with new Range Rovers and Aston's, where the savings are considerable, so they need to be high end to make it worthwhile. Do your figures carefully to see if it's worthwhile, otherwise as others have suggested, sell in the US and buy here.
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If the car has been homologated for certain US states, there is little problem, and it's all to do with emissions I believe. If you give the VIN/Chassis numbers to Audi they will tell you if it can be imported into CH/EU without problem.

The three things you do have to change are:
Headlamps
Fuel filler
Speedometer
and sometimes rear lights.

I can't speak about used Audi's, as I don't know the value, we did it with new Range Rovers and Aston's, where the savings are considerable, so they need to be high end to make it worthwhile. Do your figures carefully to see if it's worthwhile, otherwise as others have suggested, sell in the US and buy here.
Also, if the rear lights are embedded in the bumper (fender) you have to change that too.
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

you also need to bear in mind an audi bought here comes with 10 years free servicing and 3 year warranty, your US import one will have nothing, that will also impact the value of it here.
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If the car has been homologated for certain US states, there is little problem, and it's all to do with emissions I believe. If you give the VIN/Chassis numbers to Audi they will tell you if it can be imported into CH/EU without problem.

The three things you do have to change are:
Headlamps
Fuel filler
Speedometer
and sometimes rear lights.

I can't speak about used Audi's, as I don't know the value, we did it with new Range Rovers and Aston's, where the savings are considerable, so they need to be high end to make it worthwhile. Do your figures carefully to see if it's worthwhile, otherwise as others have suggested, sell in the US and buy here.
I looked at US import Focus RS and ST's last year, they where definitely lower spec then the Euro versions, much cheaper materials inside for a start, but where also around 20 - 25% cheaper then the euro versions too, of course they didn't have the same warranty, just 1 year after market warranty and no servicing. Savings where not enough to make it worthwhile.
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check! switzerland requires headlight washers for xenons, the USA doesn't, so does your car have xenons? if so does it have washers?

It does have Xenons but not the washers.

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This is very helpful. Thank you.
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It does have Xenons but not the washers.

This is very helpful. Thank you.



In thagt case DO NOT tyry to import it, it will be far too expensive to kit out to Swiss standards.


Sell it, bit the bullet and buy another one, far easier, far les problems and far less headache.


If it had been a Ferrari 250 GTO, my advice would have been a bit differnet, but for a small Audi A3, really not worth it.
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

Oh I just noticed I mistyped it is a Q3. My apologies. It is still no where near a Ferrari ...lol

I will check the lights and get proper specs tomorrow to make sure I am not saying things that are not true.

My understanding is that it costs around 2K to fix the lights so I am not sure why it makes sense to pay so much more and get the Swiss one instead?!
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This is the car:
https://www.edmunds.com/audi/q3/2017...645532/review/
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It does have Xenons but not the washers.
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
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Because it really isn't worth it, you save a few hundered $$ maybe, it will be problamatic, you're new here with no network to help you, you'll get totally shafted by the Audi dealer here you'll ask to do the work.


The car is really not worth it, anythinmg under Chf 80k new is probably more headache than saving.


But, if you know best, bring it over, do it and start a new thread on how expensive/horrible/cheating the Swiss are.
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Because it really isn't worth it, you save a few hundered $$ maybe, it will be problamatic, you're new here with no network to help you, you'll get totally shafted by the Audi dealer here you'll ask to do the work.


The car is really not worth it, anythinmg under Chf 80k new is probably more headache than saving.


But, if you know best, bring it over, do it and start a new thread on how expensive/horrible/cheating the Swiss are.
TO is right, my friend imported a "classic" Jag XJS from CA which he paid $9k for, plus CHF 3k shipping plus around CHF 15k to get it on the road in CH.

So all told around CHF 30k to get an XJS (which was not in that good condition) and the whole process took him around 3 months.

Bearing that in mind, take a look here

Now ask yourself do you think it was worth the time, hassle and cost?
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Re: Importing a car from US to CH

The process is slightly different when you are importing it as your personal belongings that you have owned more than 6 months. I brought my Mazda MX-5 over from the US 13 years ago and am still driving it.
The only thing I had to change was the color of the turn signal lights. it was yellow instead of orange or vice versa. it ended up costing about 200 francs. Some things you do not have to change. It is stated on my grey card that my car is louder than it is supposed to be by a few decibels but because it was imported as my household goods I did not have to change that. Of course this model of car is available here so spare parts are readily available as well. I believe there is a regulation somewhere that describes what must meet the Swiss standard and what is allowed to remain. But this document was only available in one of the Swiss languages.
It also tends to be more trouble when the inspection comes up but I just have to bring out the paperwork.
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