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shipping my car to the USA to register it

Hi guys!

So I know this sounds crazy but bear with me.

I own a 2015 Mustang GT that has been exported to Switzerland in 2015 by its original owner. The car has a bunch of simple modifications, but enough to make it impossible for me to get through MFK and get Swiss registration (at least with my financial abilities).

So, as I intend to move to the US in the near future anyways, I am thinking about registering the car in the US. I spoke to some people, importers, freight handlers, etc. All I'd need to do is ship the car over, get the customs paperwork filled out to get back the original title, thus allowing me to register the car to my Montana LLC. Then, ship the car back. I'd be able to drive the car for one year legally, then I'd need to get the car out of the country for at least three months (Does any country count or does it need to be its origin country?) Insurance through Zurich.

I'm sure there are some people here that know much more than me and can spot some caveats to my plan? Or give me tips?


And no, returning the car to OEM specs is not an option.

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Old 06.04.2020, 18:39
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Re: shipping my car to the USA to register it

Have you been a Swiss resident for more than 12 months?
Or will you be, when the car gets back a Swiss resident for more than 12 months?

If yes than the time you can use the car on US plates (plus the needed Green Card Insurance) is just 1 month. See chapter 234 in ASA Guideline No. 1
https://asa.ch/it/biblioteca-online/direttive/
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Have you been a Swiss resident for more than 12 months?
Or will you be, when the car gets back a Swiss resident for more than 12 months?

If yes than the time you can use the car on US plates (plus the needed Green Card Insurance) is just 1 month. See chapter 234 in ASA Guideline No. 1
https://asa.ch/it/biblioteca-online/direttive/
Does this still apply if the car is registered to a US company, not me as an individual? Since the owner of the car is technically the company in the US.
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Old 06.04.2020, 19:16
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Re: shipping my car to the USA to register it

Yes.

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Yes it still apllies. Owner has no relevance. All what mathers is who will use the car. Also, Swiss registration has nothing to do with ownership.
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No solution there.

TBH, just forget about all your ideas, either store the car somewhere off-road till you return to the US, sell it or make it pass inspection.

Option one hardly makes sense due to shipping costs and loss of value over time in such case better to sell it and buy a new one in future in the US.
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Re: shipping my car to the USA to register it

You want to ship a car from CH to landlocked Montana, then ship it back to Switzerland, all because it can't pass MFK? That sounds like an expensive plan.

Thinking ahead if you went through with this plan, how would you get insurance to drive in Switzerland with USA plates, much less pass the MFK at a later date without having to make changes to the vehicle?
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Re: shipping my car to the USA to register it

OP, what "bunch of simple modifications" have been done that are preventing you from getting it to pass MFK? Might it be cheaper to just revert it to OEM? Since you're moving back to the states after a few, why not just ship it there once and leave it with someone you trust and be done with it? Then just drive a beater until you leave. Just some ideas.
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Re: shipping my car to the USA to register it

How long do you have to register a car imported from the US with US plates? The registration office is not open but I might be able to get an appointment with them soon. Does anyone know the time limit that you can drive a car on foreign plates? I am here on a B permit.
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How long do you have to register a car imported from the US with US plates? The registration office is not open but I might be able to get an appointment with them soon. Does anyone know the time limit that you can drive a car on foreign plates? I am here on a B permit.
Your question confuses me and the answer depends on your situation.
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How long do you have to register a car imported from the US with US plates? The registration office is not open but I might be able to get an appointment with them soon. Does anyone know the time limit that you can drive a car on foreign plates? I am here on a B permit.

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