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Importing a Canadian car Canton of VD - advice?

Hello everyone,


I will likely relocate from Montreal to VD for a new job assignment in May.
I'm considering importing my wife's car this summer (as a household effect - owned for > 6 Mo). Has some sentimental value for us...
I reached out to one of the companies advertising their import/registration services in CH (I won't name them here) and was quite disappointed with the way they handled the conversation; polite - but zero transparency - not willing to send an itemized quote for the service they claim are providing; the fee quoted = 3,800 CHF (they only pick up the car once it is in CH and already passed custom, to register it; the 3,800 doesn't even include the inspection or insurance fees).


Car is in perfect condition, 08/2014, 18k km, all original and has all options of a Swiss Pack - nothing to change on it - except 2 fender-side lamps from orange (NA specs) to white (EU specs).
I'm considering doing it myself.
Can anyone recommend a company one had a positive experience with (I acknowledge is subjective) so I can get another quote and understand the fee structure?
It is hard to believe paperwork is worth 3,200 CHF of time/effort (assuming cost of lamps/changing ~600 CHF). Especially if this is what one does for a living - so connections in the system.


Two more questions - related:
1. In the list of required documents for import it is listed "An electronic certificate of liability insurance (valid up to 1 month)". Any advice on how to procure one from a CH insurer?
2. Driving with foreign plates: I researched the topic and couldn't find an official document stating one cannot drive temporary with non-EU plates; how is the car supposed to be moved from one office to the other to finish homologation/registration?


Many thanks in advance, best!

















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Old 05.02.2017, 10:53
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Hello everyone,


I will likely relocate from Montreal to VD for a new job assignment in May.
I'm considering importing my wife's car this summer (as a household effect - owned for > 6 Mo). Has some sentimental value for us...
I reached out to one of the companies advertising their import/registration services in CH (I won't name them here) and was quite disappointed with the way they handled the conversation; polite - but zero transparency - not willing to send an itemized quote for the service they claim are providing; the fee quoted = 3,800 CHF (they only pick up the car once it is in CH and already passed custom, to register it; the 3,800 doesn't even include the inspection or insurance fees).

Car is in perfect condition, 08/2014, 18k km, all original and has all options of a Swiss Pack - nothing to change on it - except 2 fender-side lamps from orange (NA specs) to white (EU specs).
I'm considering doing it myself.
Can anyone recommend a company one had a positive experience with (I acknowledge is subjective) so I can get another quote and understand the fee structure?
It is hard to believe paperwork is worth 3,200 CHF of time/effort (assuming cost of lamps/changing ~600 CHF). Especially if this is what one does for a living - so connections in the system.


Two more questions - related:
1. In the list of required documents for import it is listed "An electronic certificate of liability insurance (valid up to 1 month)". Any advice on how to procure one from a CH insurer?
2. Driving with foreign plates: I researched the topic and couldn't find an official document stating one cannot drive temporary with non-EU plates; how is the car supposed to be moved from one office to the other to finish homologation/registration?


Many thanks in advance, best!
IMO this should be a separate thread. However!

Cheapest way is to find a shipper that will transport without a container. But then the vehicle will also be vulnerable to vandalism. Another possibility is a shared container. Another way to save is to bring the car to the shipper's warehouse (most likely New York) and to pick it up at the port in France yourself.
https://www.schumachercargo.com/fr/c...to-france.html
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https://www.shipoverseas.com/us/ship...-to-italy.html

As for insurance, depends on how long you keep your Canadian plates and registration, which I believe is possible for up to one year.
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Shipping without a container.....

1) Far less choice
2) Far more chance o f damage
3) Probably cheaper in a container than without
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3,200 CHF of time/effort (assuming cost of lamps/changing ~600 CHF). Especially if this is what one does for a living - so connections in the system.
They assume it will take around 17 hours of work.

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Two more questions - related:
1. In the list of required documents for import it is listed "An electronic certificate of liability insurance (valid up to 1 month)". Any advice on how to procure one from a CH insurer?
Step 1) Find a insurance comnpany and an insurance that suits you.
Step 2) Call your insuarance agent and quote the matricule number on costums form 13.20.

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2. Driving with foreign plates: I researched the topic and couldn't find an official document stating one cannot drive temporary with non-EU plates; how is the car supposed to be moved from one office to the other to finish homologation/registration?
You will need those to drive it:
Any valid driving license.
Custom forms 13.20, 18.44
An insurance valid in Switzerland. (Any green card insurance or Swiss border insurance)
A road worthy car.
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Car is in perfect condition, 08/2014, 18k km, all original and has all options of a Swiss Pack - nothing to change on it - except 2 fender-side lamps from orange (NA specs) to white (EU specs).
I'm considering doing it myself
What car is it? Just because you'll get free shipping one way doesn't mean it still will make financial or practical sense.
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Re: Importing a Canadian car Canton of VD - advice?

Thx to all for responding and opinions. I'll try to respond/clarify:
-Porsche Boxster PDK.

-shipping is not an issue; car will be shipped from Port of Montreal with the other household items in a container. Problem is once it is reaching CH and passes customs.

-from my readings no insurance companies in CH will currently insure a car without a passed inspection; it used to be Zurich but apparently they do not offer this service anymore. And since I don't have EU plates I cannot get a transit insurance. Any tips here?

- regarding the 3,800 CH for homologation/registration; FYI - I contacted another company and I got the same type of "lump sum" quote - this time significantly lower; interesting, no one seems to be willing to submit an itemized quote...I don't have a problem with such companies making money - no one works for free; however, I cannot just give them a lump sum and hope all is done properly; wondering what is your experience with pre-job estimates in CH?

Thx!
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-from my readings no insurance companies in CH will currently insure a car without a passed inspection; it used to be Zurich but apparently they do not offer this service anymore. And since I don't have EU plates I cannot get a transit insurance. Any tips here?
As mentioned already by someone else, you can get border insurance.

http://www.nbi-ngf.ch/fr/nvb/rechtli...nzversicherung

This will let you legally drive the car on foreign plates until you pass inspection and get local insurance and plates. You can definitely do this with Quebec plates, I've done it myself a couple of years ago.
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Re: Car and engine cleaning pre mfk test

Thank you CH_Greg, will explore and post any updates.


Update on cost - once I asked for an itemized estimate for homologation/registration, the company I was corresponding with went silent....interesting business practice...


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