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Importing a car with 2 sets of wheel rims

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I am planning to import a car from the EU next month and the seller is selling it with 2 sets of wheels for summer and winter tyres. The summer tyre rims came originally with the car. The second set, according to the seller, were also ordered directly from the car dealership but are custom (not available in the original catalogue but rather from the dealership itself).

Does anyone know how I should go about importing these two sets? I am planning to drive the car over the border with the original set mounted and the (non-original) set in the boot (both tyres and rims). Do I have to declare the second set of rims for import and pay tax on them even if they're used? Do I have to get them somehow certified at StVA? If yes, what documents should I ask the seller to provide?
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Re: Importing a car with 2 sets of wheel rims

Please use the search function as these points have been discussed over and over again.

Top tip: Next time look this up before buying a car abroad… simply put: if the custom rims were not sold in CH are you in trouble. You need paperwork which can normally be bought from the importer of the model for a few CHF. If there is no importer for that exact model will you have trouble to get them street legal if at all.
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Re: Importing a car with 2 sets of wheel rims

If the second rims are the same dimension (diameter, width, and offset) and made from the same material as the original ones you are good. Just be sure that the "original" ones are actually original and approved for your car.
See: non-factory rims, FZ Ausweis


Regarding import: As you cross the border with valuable goods worth more than CHF 300 (the car alone will certainly be more than that) you must stop, declare, and pay the applicable tax and duty.

Be aware that importing is customs law, and putting on the street is traffic law. The first part is quite easy, trouble might arise with the later.
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Re: Importing a car with 2 sets of wheel rims

@aSwissInTheUS

Thanks a lot (as always) for providing all the useful documentation.
I know for sure that one set of the rims are "factory" rims. However, do you know if I also have to present documentation proving that?

The second set of rims comes from the original dealer, but as mentioned the car is not from Switzerland or any German speaking country for that matter. As far as I've understood I need the vehicles certificate of conformity to confirm that the allowed material and the size of the rims is on the list of "approved" sizes/materials for this vehicle (unless the size / material exactly matches the ones of the factory rims), correct?
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Re: Importing a car with 2 sets of wheel rims

On some countries car registration documents at least one dimension/material of approved rims is listed. AFAIK if no materials is listed you can use any material.

The complete list of approved rim dimension/material can be found on the car's CoC (Certificate of Conformity). See item Tyres/Wheels. Additional dimension might be listed under remarks. It should also show which tyre dimensions are considered as standard for the rims.

You can get a CoC from the cars main importer or manufacturer. In additions there seems to be websites offering CoCs for various vehicles (I have no experience with them).

Note: On a Swiss registered car with Swiss type approval number, the approved dimensions can also been seen on the so called TARGA-Tyre extract (See https://www.targatyre.ch/ ). A Swiss tyre dealer should be able to print you one.

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As far as I've understood I need the vehicles certificate of conformity to confirm that the allowed material and the size of the rims is on the list of "approved" sizes/materials for this vehicle (unless the size / material exactly matches the ones of the factory rims), correct?
Correct. If the dimensions/material of both rims are listed you are o.k. If either of the rims is not listed you would need additional papers for these rims or sell/recycle them.
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Re: Importing a car with 2 sets of wheel rims

They just need to be same dimensions as OEM rims, nobody cares who the manufacturer is, just exact same dimenesions, rims and tyres as the original specifications allowed for that particular car type and model.
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Re: Importing a car with 2 sets of wheel rims

Thanks guys, seems to be clear for now!
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Re: Importing a car with 2 sets of wheel rims

I'm surprised you haven't had lots of replies saying you should be driving it on the winter wheels as it is a bit chilly out.
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