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MiguelAH 28.07.2019 15:11

Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Hello everyone,

Recently I moved with my car from EU to Switzerland. Thus, I tried to pass MFK but I failed on the first attempt. Then I scheduled a second appointment on August 5th in order to find a solution. Last week I requested a repair budget in Germany and unfortunately the cost of repairing my car is over 2000 EUR. The car is more than 15 years old and the residual value is less than the cost of repairing it.

I am currently considering to cancel the second MFK (above mentioned) and try to drive the car temporarily until I get a new one soon. However I don't know if it is allowed to drive the car temporarily without completing the MFK process. My intention is to keep the car during a few weeks until I get a new one and I will return my old car to EU.

I would appreciate a lot any feedback on this topic.

Thanks a lot!

MiguelAH

st2lemans 28.07.2019 15:17

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Generally speaking, if you fail and don't show up or pass the second time, you can no longer drive it.

I know this as earlier this year I postponed my MFK, and received a letter stating that if I didn't pass at the new appointment, or failed to show up, they could forbid me from further use. Fortunately, I passed without problem.

Tom

Jim2007 28.07.2019 18:36

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MiguelAH (Post 3086424)
Hello everyone,

Recently I moved with my car from EU to Switzerland. Thus, I tried to pass MFK but I failed on the first attempt. Then I scheduled a second appointment on August 5th in order to find a solution. Last week I requested a repair budget in Germany and unfortunately the cost of repairing my car is over 2000 EUR. The car is more than 15 years old and the residual value is less than the cost of repairing it.

I am currently considering to cancel the second MFK (above mentioned) and try to drive the car temporarily until I get a new one soon. However I don't know if it is allowed to drive the car temporarily without completing the MFK process. My intention is to keep the car during a few weeks until I get a new one and I will return my old car to EU.

I would appreciate a lot any feedback on this topic.

Thanks a lot!

MiguelAH

You have a car that FAILED the test, so no you cannot continue to drive a car that is unroadworthy! And furthermore your insurance is invalid as well. So if stopped by the police you can expect your fund for a new car th be substantial reduce.

MiguelAH 28.07.2019 20:43

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Thank you for your replies, but as my car passed the inspection in EU, I guess I can drive the car out of Switzerland right? I am considering going tomorrow to the traffic office but I won't leave the country until Thursday.

MiguelAH 28.07.2019 23:05

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Car still have EU plates by the way

robBob 28.07.2019 23:35

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
If you've ordered a new car and trade in the old one you can drive it here until the new one arrives. Any dealership will give you the details.

MiguelAH 28.07.2019 23:36

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
My old car is currently in Switzerland with EU plates

robBob 28.07.2019 23:53

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MiguelAH (Post 3086514)
My old car is currently in Switzerland with EU plates

I mean you are allowed to drive it in Switzerland until your new car arrives. You just have to show to the motor bureau that a new car is ordered.

EdwinNL 29.07.2019 02:37

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by robBob (Post 3086513)
If you've ordered a new car and trade in the old one you can drive it here until the new one arrives. Any dealership will give you the details.

All depends on the situation and the state of the car, as a general rule this can't be true.

k_and_e 29.07.2019 08:42

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by robBob (Post 3086513)
If you've ordered a new car and trade in the old one you can drive it here until the new one arrives. Any dealership will give you the details.

maybe if you got invited for the MFK and you plan to trade the car in within 2 months of the date. I cannot imagine that you can drive a car that failed the test, not only from the perspective of the authorities but also the insurance.

Guest 29.07.2019 08:53

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by robBob (Post 3086518)
I mean you are allowed to drive it in Switzerland until your new car arrives. You just have to show to the motor bureau that a new car is ordered.




NO


If the car has been deemed unroadworthy by failing the MFK, DEPENDING on why it was failed, you may or may not continue driving until the next appointment where either it passes or it fails.


In some cases you are not even allowed to drive it away from the test centre but have to get a trailer and move it this way.


The "Motor Bureau" doon't care about what you have or have not ordered, they only car about whether the vehicle is deemed as roadworthy and safe to be on public roads.

NotAllThere 29.07.2019 09:06

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim2007 (Post 3086460)
You have a car that FAILED the test, so no you cannot continue to drive a car that is unroadworthy!

I had a car that failed the test. Because the engine bay wasn't clean enough. I was allowed to drive it until the next inspection (for which I'd made sure it was clean).

Failing a test # unroadworthy.

Guest 29.07.2019 09:11

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NotAllThere (Post 3086536)
I had a car that failed the test. Because the engine bay wasn't clean enough. I was allowed to drive it until the next inspection (for which I'd made sure it was clean).

Failing a test # unroadworthy.


If it's something small such as this, the car is not unroadworthy and you can drive it until next test.


The OP has an estimate of 2k for repairs......either the engine is very dirty or it's a bit more.



Sometimes they pass ther car even with a minor fault and they trust you to get it fixed, such as headlights not pointing quite the right way.


Roll up with bald tires or worn out brake pads you won't be allowed to leave the test center

MiguelAH 29.07.2019 11:47

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Hi,

Thank you for your answers. Problems are the following: they asked me to change the bumper and also found a small leak in the power steering hose.

3Wishes 29.07.2019 15:58

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MiguelAH (Post 3086568)
Hi,

Thank you for your answers. Problems are the following: they asked me to change the bumper and also found a small leak in the power steering hose.

2K sounds like a lot if that's all it is and it's an older car. Any chance you could buy the bumper and replace it yourself? We did that with one of our old cars, albeit in the USA and it was not expensive. Then perhaps you can go to a local garage for the power steering hose, and ask them to take it to the MFK.

Landers 29.07.2019 18:34

Re: Driving temporarily w/o MFK
 
The car isn't "matriculated" yet so how would they go about "unmatriculating" it for no MFK? I'd have thought if the existing non-Swiss paperwork was in order then it would be ok for the time being, but maybe not.


I think the OP is happy to buy a new car but sounds like it could be a bargain for a "Bastler".


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