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Mfk 101

Dear all,

I'm approaching the two years since I bought my car which means I will have to do MFK. I appreciate if you can help me with some newbie questions.

1. Should I be proactive and contact the StVA to arrange the inspection appointment, or just sit down and wait for their letter to arrive in my mailbox? Will it become illegal to drive the car the moment it passes the two-year mark.

I read long ago somewhere in EF that you just wait, and it can take some time after the two-year passes. Is that true?

2. Is "preparing for MFK" a well-defined task in Swiss (German?) garages? What should I expect as a fee? Will they detect all "pain points" the same way MFK people do?

3. Where do you recommend to do it in the ZH area?

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Dear all,

I'm approaching the two years since I bought my car which means I will have to do MFK. I hope if you can help me with some questions.

1. Should I be proactive and contact the StVA to arrange the inspection appointment, or just sit down and wait for their letter to arrive in my mailbox? Will it become illegal to drive the car the moment it passes the two-year mark.

I read long ago somewhere in EF that you just wait, and it can take some time after the two-year passes.

2. Is "preparing for MFK" a well-defined task in Swiss (German?) garages? What should I expect as a fee? Will they detect all "pain points" the same way MFK people do?

3. Where do you recommend to do it in the ZH area?

More than thanks
Best
Wait, it could be several years.
Since the test is cheap do not pay for preparation a garage will carry out a Major Service & give you a huge bill for nothing.
Jet was the engine if it's dirty. that it & it will likely pass. The test is a doddle
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Wait, it could be several years.
Since the test is cheap do not pay for preparation a garage will carry out a Major Service & give you a huge bill for nothing.
Jet was the engine if it's dirty. that it & it will likely pass. The test is a doddle
Thanks. I had my annual service in March.
So I can still drive the year as long as there is no letter?
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Thanks. I had my annual service in March.
So I can still drive the year as long as there is no letter?
My longest in ZH I waited was 4 years on a car roughly 10 years old. MFK never expires. If the lights are all working, wiper blades OK, tires not bald & no oil leaks it should be fine assuming some maintenance work is carried out every 20k or less.
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Re: Mfk 101

Certainly here in VD they have a permanent backlog on vehicle testing such that most vehicles only get tested every four years if they are still newish. After they're over 10 years old or so, you may get called up more frequently. I certainly wouldn't be proactive in seeking a test. They'll call you up when they want to see you and you'll have enough time to clear up any issues at that time.
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Wait, it could be several years.
My personal record is 14 years, with many times 10 years.

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Will it become illegal to drive the car the moment it passes the two-year mark.
No.

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2. Is "preparing for MFK" a well-defined task in Swiss (German?) garages? What should I expect as a fee? Will they detect all "pain points" the same way MFK people do?

For a garage that means to replace any part that is not new


I would go for one of the to strategies:
1. pretty sure your car is good: clean it and go for it. Have repaired what need to be fixed in case it fails by a dealer and ask the dealer to take it back to MFK

2. Not sure: do an MFK pre-test at TCS and have everything fixed that is mentioned, then go for MFK
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2. Not sure: do an MFK pre-test at TCS and have everything fixed that is mentioned, then go for MFK
TCS can do the real test.....
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Re: Mfk 101

Kanton Zurich: car is now 5 years old, still nothing from MfK. Will probably come when I leave the country 😀

So wait another couple of years
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Kanton Zurich: car is now 5 years old, still nothing from MfK. Will probably come when I leave the country ��
The first MFK invite is 5 - 6 years after initial registration. You are still perfectly within regular schedule.

Easiest is to put the car through regular service and get a full car wash at day of inspection, maybe clean the motor enclosure with a damp towel.
Should pass with flying colors as all relevant things should be fixed during a regular service anyway. Otherwise, you know your mechanic is crap
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Re: Mfk 101

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For a garage that means to replace any part that is not new


I would go for one of the to strategies:
1. pretty sure your car is good: clean it and go for it. Have repaired what need to be fixed in case it fails by a dealer and ask the dealer to take it back to MFK

2. Not sure: do an MFK pre-test at TCS and have everything fixed that is mentioned, then go for MFK
"MFK pre-rest" is what I've been looking for. Thanks!
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The first MFK invite is 5 - 6 years after initial registration. You are still perfectly within regular schedule.

Easiest is to put the car through regular service and get a full car wash at day of inspection, maybe clean the motor enclosure with a damp towel.
Should pass with flying colors as all relevant things should be fixed during a regular service anyway. Otherwise, you know your mechanic is crap
I intend to call my Garagist, ask him to put it through the MfK. They have done all services anyway.
Costs a bit more but easy
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Re: Mfk 101

The test centre will write first with a for-warning in case you want to sell your car or dump it. Then you will get a test date - this could still be years away. My partner‘s 2013 GTI was successfully tested this May when it was 7 years old.

Just keep going until they contact you, unless want to sell your car, in which case a recent MFK will be needed if want any hope of selling...
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Re: Mfk 101

Any new car up to 10 years old, with no modifications, that is serviced and maintained well should pass with no issues whatsoever.

The MFK guys are known for being quite peculiar about cleanliness so I would put it through the car wash the weekend before but I would certainly NOT jet wash the engine as that is just asking for trouble with new cars! (in my opinion)
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1. Car with no modifications is only illegal if it fails multiple MFK and is driven in traffic after asked to deposit plates.

2. Test can be tricky, test can be easy, depends on the guy, depends on the car, depends on the freaking weather. I've been in same car, same condition, in two different places and one was amazed at the condition, and the other was a grumpy old fart looking for excuses to fail the car that got even more pissed because the car had no issues Clean it well, and if suspension and brakes are decent you should be ok. In some bigger cars, bushings can go, and that is a failure point (as it is with all European countries as far as I know). Also very obvious leaks and lights that are having issues (alignment, brightness) will fail the car. Any car of any age will pass the test if maintained properly, unless "properly" becomes subjective discussion and is not translated to "perfectly working car".

3. Pre-mfk makes no sense. Car goes, and worst case it fails and you get a list of what specifically you need to fix. Best case, you pass and you're home free. A pre-mfk will charge you to wash the car and they will advise to fix everything they find before the car actually needs it, because that's what garages do.
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Any new car up to 10 years old, with no modifications, that is serviced and maintained well should pass with no issues whatsoever.

Isn't a 10 year old new car just a 10 year old car?



The same would probably apply to any year old car almost by definition.
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I intend to call my Garagist, ask him to put it through the MfK. They have done all services anyway.
Costs a bit more but easy
I do that as well, as they usually went to school with the testers and can often get away with small stuff that would fail a private person.

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I do that as well, as they usually went to school with the testers and can often get away with small stuff that would fail a private person.

Tom
Normally for small faults you sign to say it will be fixed, works for private too.
I bought a car in ZH & on my test drive 3 lights were not working, 2 days later when I got the car the lights were still not working, however it had passed a new MFK that day.
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Re: Mfk 101

A different view:

My knowledge of car maintainence is pretty much limited to remembering the garage phone number - and I really don't want to know anything else.

So I turn my car over the the garage, a small independant business in the village, whenever the MFK invite comes around. They do whatever is necessary, then take the car over for the inspection themselves. The car has passed with flying colors each time.

The MFK testing center I am assigned to is notorious for being nit-picky, and I honestly do not need that stress in my life.

What I pay the garage to take the car to the MFK is less that what my sitter would charge me for the time I'd need to be away from home, so I figure that by 'outsourcing' the inspection I come out of it well ahead.

YMMV.
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